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The Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce’s February Women in Business Luncheon featured three black women business leaders.

Each was asked about her experience:

DR. MISSOURA Ashe, the assistant superintendent for administrative services for the Richmond County Board of Education Q: What are some challenges that you have faced?

A: I need to learn to know when to quit. I find myself working overtime all the time because I want the work done and I want it done right.

Q: What are the lessons that you have learned?

A: I’m one to speak my mind, and I’ve learned that’s not always the best thing to do depending on who your audience is — particularly if people don’t want to hear the truth.

Q: Do you have any advice or words of wisdom?

A: If you have a problem with your sink, don’t tear down the whole kitchen. Identify the problem, and find the best solution.
CHRISTINE MILLER-BETTS, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE LUCY CRAFT LANEY MUSEUM OF BLACK HISTORY

Q: What are the lessons that you have learned?

A: Along your journey, develop good relationships. It can help you to advance your position tremendously.

Even when you get to the point where you think you know everything, you don’t. You have to have good preparation and you have to work with keeping up with what’s going on in your particular field.

Q: What have been effective tools for you?

A: Sharing is so important. Everyone has something to offer, and I think we should share our abilities and skills with each other.

Q: Do you have any advice or words of wisdom?

A: Develop some special interests. Many people retire and don’t know what they’re going to do. Pay attention to your health.
DR. CHRISTINE CRAWFORD, THE OWNER/OPERATOR AND DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS FOR FIVE MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS.

Q: What are the lessons that you have learned?

A: One of my biggest life lessons is how to be very honest about my giftings and shortcomings and those of people who work with me. If you’re honest about what you struggle with, you can help them and yourself.

Q: What have been effective tools for you?

A: Consistency. Learning that what is important to me is important to the people who work with me. That has to be the case day in and day out.

The power of please. No matter what the consequences, people still don’t have to do what you ask them to. Make sure you say please, thank you and acknowledge and appreciate how hard folks will work and do work for you every day. And also that you’re proud of them — that carries so much weight.

— Compiled by Staff Writer LaTina Emerson

From the Wednesday, February 20, 2008 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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Written by Symphony

February 22, 2008 at 8:29 am

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