In the spotlight this week we have Nicole Le Maire. ‘Thinking Global, Acting Local’ is how Nicole describes her offering. Human Resources Global combines first-class expertise with a comprehensive range of HR services designed to assist individuals and organizations, including developing, retaining, releasing or recruiting staff.
What drove you to start your own business? What was the turning point?
The catalyst for my turning point was a sabbatical. I started thinking of a tailored global HR business and I embarked on that adventure two years later. Now, one year on, the aim has changed a bit due to demand. I am more focussed on supporting individuals and SME’s with new HR initiatives, than larger organisations. I did question both the market situation and my aims at one point, but I realised I still had a strong vision and the focus to work for myself.
Who do you admire or look to for inspiration as a business owner?
I admire business owners that have a plan but no idea whether it will be successful or not. It’s amazing how they still go on that journey. These are people who really help other people; they will be the ones that change the world!
What are your goals for your business?
As my business is my heart, I want to realise my purpose and develop emerging HR professionals across the world. And of course, have fun whilst I’m doing it!
What would you do differently next time around?
Search for a mentor! Invest more time and energy in getting the right network, get access to people who can really help and embark on an ‘easier’ start up adventure.
What difficulties and challenges have you had to overcome and how did you keep going?
There have been many but it’s mainly about attitude. It’s all about staying positive, keeping a sense of humour and being stubborn. You have to believe opportunities will find their way to you, as you journey on your path.
What legacy would you like your business to leave to the world and your family/friends?
To help others develop their own sense of value and achievement. To remind them of this –
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
What support did you seek out and what difference has that made to your business?
To be honest, support has not been offered to me freely. Sometimes when I have turned to ask for advice or support, I have been asked to pay for it, or people were reluctant to help, or even tried to take advantage or find a way of using my ideas themselves. It was a pretty tough lesson learned. I am far more streetwise now!
However, there have been a handful of really wonderful people across the world who have helped me and for that I am very grateful. They have supported me throughout. I believe the support teams behind you really help ‘define’ your business.
How far ahead do you plan and what keeps you on track and motivated?
I plan on a weekly and yearly basis. I love to look back at the schedule and see the great things I’ve accomplished. Again it’s my positive attitude that keeps me going.
What has been one big success that you have achieved in your business?
I have developed my business in helping (junior to mid- level) HR professionals that have started a new role. I support them throughout the first 6 months – a pay as you go programme, where I consult and work with them to develop their careers remotely. I have also been asked to speak at various conferences across the world, which is a huge honour.
What piece of advice has had the most impact on your business?
Go for it, Nicole! Do it your way!
What are your top 3 tips for someone who would like to start a business now?
1. Find external people who can support you throughout your business start-up.
2. Try to get involved in new opportunities (such as this story sharing) and participate in as many new things as you can.
3. Keep your focus, do what you love, if it is slow or doesn’t work, try to reposition the business.
What are 3 books, websites or resources that you would recommend to other business owners?
1. The Secret!
2. Turning Points; 25 Inspiring Stories of Women Who Turned Their Lives Around