Pop Quiz, Monday with Sally Foley-Lewis

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?
Sally Foley-Lewis

Sally Foley-Lewis
Photo credit: Sally Foley-Lewis

What is your job role?
I’m a Productivity- and Self- Leadership and Middle Management Expert

Tell us about your company?
I run a practice helping manager become productive leaders. I speak at conferences; I coach and train one on one and groups to help boost productivity through better people skills.

What do you love most about your job?
No two days are the same for me. I work across a diverse range of industries – if you have managers, then I can help. I’ve worked on shipbuilding yards in the Middle East training supervisory management skills to coaching people skills in a gym in Germany, to leadership skills for early childhood education centre directors, to boosting personal power for women in outback Australia. I’ve worked with 10,000+ managers across multiple countries.

What motivates you to get up every day and go to work?
I’ve been a manager and a CEO. I know how hard management is. So I want managers to be valued in their role and see for themselves (and in themselves) the value they bring to their role.

How do your co-workers inspire you?
I am a sole practitioner but have many mentors and people I look to and look up to. I’m inspired by those who continue to learn, those who continue to question, and those who continue to ask ‘is there a better way?’.

How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
Music – lots of it and loud – my dogs usually dart out the door when I start singing.

What are some of the challenges of your job?
Sales are my toughest element.

What are some lessons learned from a past project that you can share with us?
Not everyone will appreciate your effort – get over it.
Ask for help before you are forced into receiving help.
You are stronger and tougher and smarter than you give yourself credit for.
Feedback is just that, feedback: your reaction or response to it is your choice.

What advice would you give to someone who is starting in your industry?
As hard is it is not to compare with others, do not compare yourself to others. This can be a massive hit to productivity and self-belief.

Linked to the first point: overnight success is an extremely rare phenomenon. Look up your favourite artist and find out exactly how long they’ve been at their craft!

Use hacks and productivity strategies to limit procrastination and time-wasting activities. Set yourself up with as much accountability as possible!

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:


Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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