Women are on the move like never before! Their voices are being heard in high volume and they don’t have any plans on stopping anytime soon! There are truly some phenomenal women in various positions and we want to introduce them to you! Our series Women to be on the Lookout for in 2018, will showcase women who are defying the odds and making a lot of noise while doing it!
Dr. Sharon H. Porter
Why did you pick this particular field to do business in?
I am a full-time educator for over 25 years; classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, central office administrator, and currently Leadership Development Coach. I am a teacher at heart. I chose to create Perfect Time SHP LLC, Coaching and Consulting Firm to assist aspiring leaders in education, aspiring authors, and aspiring entrepreneurs. My strength is cultivating and developing.
Once I became a contributing author in my first collaboration project, The MLM Book: Business of the 21st Century, I knew I wanted to assist other aspiring authors to become published authors. I now compile anthologies and coach others to write and publish their book. Through Perfect Time SHP, LLC my Three Point Thrust was birthed; I am Dr. Sharon™ focuses on educational leadership, the GRIND Entrepreneur Network™ focuses on entrepreneurs, and Write the Book Now!™ focuses on authors. My mission is to”Support, Connect, Develop, and Highlight” Educators, Authors, and Entrepreneurs.
How long have you been in business?
I have been in business for four years.
Do you mind sharing a challenge you have faced in the business and how you overcame it?
One of the major challenges I had in my business for about the first two years was not making a profit! I was making money, but the money I was putting out far exceeded what I was bringing in every month. Most of the time, I did not really focus on that because I relied on my salary from my professional career to take up the financial slack from my business. I then had to stop and assess what I was doing. I was not running a business, I was a funding a hobby! I put systems and structures in place and I began to assess my business on a consistent basis. If an activity was not income producing, it was minimized or removed. My third year in business, I was able to secure a brick and mortar (that I own) for my coaching business, which is sustained from the income of my private business.
Why do you feel you have been as successful as you have in your business?
I have been as successful as I have in my business because I have learned to Act, Assess, and Adjust. Everything I do in and for my business, I evaluate it’s effectiveness. I use the Stop, Start, Continue,Change Protocol at the end of each quarter. Quarterly assessments are now part of my “business ritual.”
I also invest in personal development. I have learned to prioritize using Stephen Covey’s Time Management Matrix. Identifying what is is Urgent/Not Urgent, Important/Not Important has helped me maximize my time. As a Dualpreneur, my time is extremely limited. I can identify what I need to handle immediately, what I should begin planning for, what I can delegate to an assistant, or what I will delete from my to do list altogether. Actions are placed in four categories: Dot it now, Delegate it, Plan it, or Drop it!
Sheen: Why are you so compelled on seeing other women win BIG?
For me, it stems from our history. As women, we have been made to feel that our only place was in the home in the past. There are so many areas that we as women have yet to conquer. There are states that has yet to elect a female governor, cities that have never had a female mayor, school districts that have never had a female superintendent, and yes….We have not had a female president at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC. While we have progressed, we have such a long way to go. The hashtag I created is #stillfirsts. There are still areas that one of of our sisters has yet to claim as the first woman to…
There are still firsts!
Sheen: So, what’s next in 2018 for you?
I will release my third anthology: Women Who Lead: Extraordinary Women With Extraordinary Achievements in January 2018, which features amazing women from various industries that share their journey of leadership which includes the obstacles and challenges. I also will be planning for the first-time ever, two major conferences: The GRIND Entrepreneur Network Conference (GENCON) and the Write the Book Now! Author’s Conference.
Do you mind sharing a fun fact about yourself?
I was the first African-American principal (and only to date) at Kernersville Middle School, in Kernersville, NC.