We were lucky to catch up with Marilyn Carroll recently and have shared our conversation below.
Marilyn, thanks for taking the time to share your stories with us today Crazy stuff happening is almost as certain as death and taxes – it’s technically “unexpected” but something unexpected happening is to be expected and so can you share a crazy story with our readers
My company serves as consults for the education, hospital, and technology industries. We help to find synergy in products and services which may not be evident for each. We connect the dots and lines of each to help create solutions for our clients. In many cases we answer RFPs, and RFQs. Based on our response and demonstration of how we would approach solving the potential client problem determines if we are the winning responder. There was this one bid with a hospital in large metro area in Dallas, Texas were our response was not the winning response. I was hard broken when we didn’t win. It seemed we had everything in place. This included the business model for handling the client problem in a way that was Cody effective for the client yet the ability to pay the team delivering the talents and expertise in the area.
Being a small company we have a small staff of core individuals responsible for the day to day of the company operations. Many of the jobs we answer RFPs for require that we hire and keep a relationship with Independent Contractors. It takes about 75-120 hours to answer the types of business we go after. This cost is between $10,000-$40,000 depending on the magnitude of the response.
About six weeks of receiving the disappointing news I received an email from the client requesting a meeting. I took the meeting which lasted over three hours to find that our solution was actually a great one however the client did not have the financial resources due to the catastrophic events on staffing caused be the pandemic of 2020, COVID-19 which is now entering its third year and taken a toll on the organization.
Marilyn, love having you share your insights with us. Before we ask you more questions, maybe you can take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers who might have missed our earlier conversations?
Marilyn Carroll, PhD, MBA, MED is a leadership and organization development expert with the unique strength to re-engineer herself as well as helping others to do the same. She energizes and motivates those around her to achieve both business unit goals and personal level goals. She helps others to strategize on ways to achieve their ultimate goals. As a group leader, Dr. Carroll helped the team in areas of resilience, Business Communication, Management, and Leadership. And how to be an Effective Leader during very stressful and challenging times of catastrophes, pandemics, staffing shortages, reorganizations, mergers, and acquisitions. Marilyn’s talents as a student whisper, leader, strategist, people person, and team player works to her advantage in helping her clients and team build solutions and practices that lead to organization success.
Let’s talk about resilience next – do you have a story you can share with us?
I am a firm believer in Spiral Person Economics and PsyCap. I use the two together to determine my next move career and economic moves. In 2012, I was laid off from an organization for which I worked for 17 years. Based on Spiral Person Economics, I could see this coming six years earlier in addition to the industry changing and pivoting to less players in the market. I had a choice to stay with the industry in a different capacity of take a leap into another field and I choose yo leap. In taking the leap it meant preparing myself with additional education and experiences in the area of my intended leap. In the type of work environments we now find ourselves having good view of your world of work and career helps in building resilient strategies that you’re prepared to execute if needed. In my case the last day on my job of 17 years, started my next career for now 12 years, two of which started while in my last two of the seventeen. Even during those it became clear that I needed to start my own business to compliment my leap move in order to provide income on a consistent based through writing and publishing. I am a firm believer in preparing for the unexpected.
Any stories or insights that might help us understand how you’ve built such a strong reputation?
I believe using my God given talents of speaking and writing helped me to build an audience of followers. I stated writing and posting on LinkedIn daily with content that motivates and provides possible roadmaps to help both B to C followers and B to B followers. I respect and take interest in my over 12,000 followers on social media platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Website: Www.Carrollbeck.com
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- Twitter: @drmarilyn
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