A Sydney woman who dropped out of university and became a high-earning entrepreneur has dished on what she believes is the ticket to career success.
Now the CEO of Australia’s largest community for women, Business Chicks, Emma Isaacs says the secret is all in the power of positivity.
From her two decades as a successful businesswoman, she has developed a seasoned eye for picking the types of people best steered clear from.
Business Chicks CEO Emma Isaacs (pictured) says the secret to career success is all in the power of positivity
The 37-year-old says if there’s one thing she can’t tolerate when looking for people to join her team, it’s narcissism – a trait often associated with millennials.
Instead she hires for attitude, not skill, and looks for people who walk with a ‘spring in their step’, news.com.au reports.
‘A sense of entitlement is really unattractive. I want people to be there for the right reasons, not because they’re getting a bonus of X amount,’ Ms Isaacs said.
‘I think enthusiasm is one of the most underrated qualities. I look for people who walk in the room quickly — I’d never hire anyone who dragged their feet.’
Now the CEO of Australia’s largest community for women, Business Chicks, Ms Isaacs (pictured) says the secret is all in the power of positivity
Ms Isaacs has gained the backing of celebrities such as Sir Richard Branson (right)
A red flag goes up if she gets asked about hours or bonuses, with her saying those details would be ironed out after the hard work had been done.
Being polite to the receptionist and saying hello to everyone in the office were also vital signs someone would fit in with her working environment.
‘I look for people who are positive, a bit cheeky, who don’t colour in the lines and who push boundaries,’ she said.
Hosting events all over Australia and internationally, Ms Isaacs has gained the backing of celebrities and mentors such as Sir Richard Branson, Julia Gillard, Nicole Kidman and Nigella Lawson, to name a few.
The 37-year-old (centre) says she can’t tolerate the narcissistic attitudes of millennials. Pictured with blogger Jules Sebastian (left) and Naomi Simon (right)
Emma Isaacs’ secrets
- Avoid asking about hours and bonuses
- Don’t act ‘self entitled’
- Be friendly to everyone – even receptionists
- Don’t drag your feet, walk with a spring in your step
- Behave ‘sunshiny, happy and positive’
The mother-of-five boasts an impressive property portfolio of ten houses, and has no plan on heading back to her studies any time soon.
Now based in the US, Ms Isaacs said her biggest tip for making it big as an entrepreneur was approaching each project with undivided focus.
She also believes making one-year business plans were now redundant given the unpredictable nature of the economy.
Ms Isaacs says her only failures had been when she hadn’t given her ‘undivided attention’ to business ventures.
The mother-of-five now boasts an impressive property portfolio of ten houses and lives in the US. Pictured with Australian actress Magda Szubanski