Julie is the Founder of Wyseminds, a company that supports early-stage female founders. With a wealth of experience from her previous role where she has been running Specsavers across Northern Europe through the Great Recession, Julie is no stranger to business challenges.

Today she takes us back to 2008.

One of the most difficult parts of Julie’s journey was her experience with store closures. This process demanded a level of honesty and commitment that isn’t often discussed in the business world. 

It required setting clear values and adhering to them, even when it meant making difficult decisions. This process wasn’t easy, but it was an essential part of Julie’s journey, highlighting the resilience required in business leadership.

It was during these testing times that she discovered a profound truth – the power of letting go. She discovered that the pressure of high expectations and personal attachment to the business could inhibit growth. 

In this episode we discuss,

  • The underestimated power of personal support for founders
  • How creating space can lead to performance breakthrough
  • The unspoken commitment and honesty that difficult processes can demand

Julie’s story is a testament to the power of resilience, learning, and personal support in navigating business challenges. 

It’s a reminder that sometimes, the key to moving forward isn’t about holding on tighter but about knowing when to let go. It’s about creating space for growth, not just in your business but also in yourself as a leader.

Tune into today’s podcast and listen to Julie’s story that encourages us to rethink our understanding of leadership and success. A story that reminds us that sometimes, the most powerful thing a leader can do is to let go, create space, and trust in the process.

Join us in this reflection exercise and let’s remember the power of letting go, the importance of personal support, and the resilience required in the face of challenge.