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Posted by on Dec 1, 2010 in Publisher's Editorial, The Women Behind The Men, Winter 2011 | 0 comments

The driving force behind many a man?s success

Karen Coleman, PublisherWhen we start a business or new career we hope that those around us will support us as we take the first steps on our journey to eventual success. As we meet hurdles, road blocks and other obstacles along the way, we expect no less. In fact, support is even more critical during these challenging times.

Support comes in a variety of capacities ? financial, developmental, physical and, probably most importantly, emotional. Even as sole proprietors, we really couldn?t run our businesses alone. A bank will provide financial backing, a consultant might help with professional development and, from time to time, we may hire professionals to assist us with certain business tasks.

However, when it comes to moral support, where do we get it from? Some may hire a business coach, join a business support group or create their own action group. Others may talk to a mentor ? a former teacher or business colleague. As our businesses grow, our support networks often grow with us and pats on the back and words of encouragement may come from a variety of outside sources.

But, in truth, the most significant moral support comes from those closest to us ? our spouse, partner, parents, siblings. No matter how powerful we are, without the support and encouragement of our loved-ones, what would be the point of success?

As women, we are frequently the ones supporting our male counterparts, both physically and emotionally, but more than that; we are often the driving force behind many a man?s success. Also, it?s often the skills and knowledge we acquire over many years, or even decades, as ?the women behind the men,? that enable us to eventually pursue our own goals and create our own success.

Providing support in any of its forms has both challenges and rewards. In this issue, you will be inspired by the many women who have been the driving force behind the success of the men in their lives and, despite their challenges, have been rewarded by achieving success in their own right.

Karen Coleman, Publisher

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