The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.
I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.
Can you please tell everyone your name?
What is your job role?
Director of Six Bar Consulting and Founder of Australian Equestrian Competitions
Tell us about your company?
Six Bar Consulting is an agency that helps business owners level up through the use of digital tools. We incorporate a holistic view of business eco-systems, identify what isn’t working well and remedy gaps with sustainable solutions. Australian Equestrian Competitions was born through my love of equestrian and tech – I’ve developed the first competition planner mobile app for the industry, whereby riders have a central tool to view and build their competition calendars with a few simple clicks!
What do you love most about your job?
Being a creative problem solver. I’m always learning which keeps my brain active and being able to bring out my introvert side to analyse processes, identify gaps then implement solutions with a technology flavor is right up my alley. It just so happens to be a huge bonus that right now my predominate market is within the equestrian industry – because I get to mix two of my biggest passions!
What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
There is a no more significant driver than purpose. Knowing that I am making a difference to business owners and their customers, as well as an industry I love is something that I never thought possible. “Work” doesn’t feel like work – that’s how I know I’m winning.
How do your co-workers inspire you?
I believe finding people who compliment your weaknesses is your biggest strength. I have a fantastic group of people who continually inspire me with the things they achieve and the ideas they bring to life – which is so essential to keep me on my game!
How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We socialise – often. Taking breaks throughout the day (when projects allow) to grab a coffee or food together is important. The remote teams I work with can be a little trickier as we don’t get face to face time, but inclusive communication and interest in each other lives usually always end up with some great banter to make things fun.
What are some of the challenges of your job?
My primary role with clients is to challenge their standard way of thinking. To level up their business, it means some ways of doing things need to change. Majority of the time when a new client reaches out, it’s because they need “something,” but they aren’t sure what “something” is. The challenge comes with unpacking thoughts & beliefs about how’s and why’s, which I need to be able to quickly understand their sometimes complex eco-system and identify gaps to make recommendations for solutions.
What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Before branching into my consultancy, I was a Project Manager for some large brands across Australia. Scope creep is honestly a huge lesson for me. Make sure you communicate early and often with your clients!
What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
Honestly – start! Adjust as you go but don’t let “can’t start until it’s perfect” rule your work. Start and be prepared to adjust if you find things may not be working rapidly. Find people who have done what you want to do and do whatever you need to get their time: if they aren’t consultant’s themselves, and you cannot pay for their time, bribe them with beverages or food! I’ve made some amazing friendships over dinner & a drink.
Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:
My very quiet, I’ve been so busy, Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/sixbarconsulting