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Olivia Stefanino

Female Founder Spotlight: Olivia Stefanino

6 March 2021|Latest Posts, Meet the Successful Founder

IWD Inspirational Female Founders Spotlight: Olivia Stefanino
IWD Inspirational Female Founders Spotlight: Olivia Stefanino

Several years ago, Olivia created the intriguing ‘Money Types’ emotional profiling tool – which reveals what money has to teach us about ourselves at an emotional and psychological level.  At a time when so many people – especially women – are facing financial challenges, Olivia’s message is both timely and hopeful. Her belief is that money is a medium for life – and that when we understand our emotional relationship with money, everything else in life suddenly begins to make sense.   Olivia is the author of “Be Your Own Guru – personal and business enlightenment in just 3 days!” and “The Money Types Guidebook”, She has been interviewed numerous times on radio and has been featured in The Guardian, the Financial Times and in a variety of other publications.

Over her career as a leadership trainer and executive coach, Olivia’s blue chip clients have include the Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays Bank, MBNA, Genus, Virgin Trains, Norwich Union Healthcare, Hutchison 3G, British Aerospace Consultancy, AMEC, Welsh Development Agency and Calypso Soft Drinks. She has also worked with The Princes’ Trust, ChildLine, Claire House and the Donna Louise Hay Hospice. 

What would you love to share to encourage other women to start their own business?

Starting your own company is exciting, daunting, liberating and it means that you get to share your unique gifts and talents with the world.  Time and again I’ve met women who have great ideas, but aren’t clear on how to get their product, idea, book or service out there into the world. 

As life becomes more automated, ‘humanity’ and personal contact will become the most valued prize. And women are  born to be AMAZING at this. Women know that know that relationships are the KEY to a great business. 

However, in my experience I’ve noticed that what women do need support with is learning the power of simplicity. This might mean delegating, automating or letting go of those projects that might have been interesting at the time but which don’t now serve the ‘bigger picture’.

And in particular, I love to help women create a great relationship with Money. Money wants to support you…but you need to appreciate it, value it, and look after it! Too many of us stick our heads in the sand and ignore it…and then end up in stressful difficulties later. Women who improve their relationships with money can make a huge impact on our world. 
For all of these reasons – and more – I love to support women in business. 

What are your 5 top Tips for entrepreneurial success?

Great businesses focus on five WINS: the person who created the business, their loved ones (including family, clients and employees!), their community, humanity and the planet! If every business had this vision – many of our problems today would be history! So, always set the intention to create ’the highest outcome for all concerned’ in all your endeavours…

Claim your ’sovereignty’ – which means be in your power.  Learn from others, but choose to do it your way. The world doesn’t need more people doing the same thing – that’ll just lead to a race to the bottom with people buying on price not value

Know that successful companies employ successful individuals. Look after your team, inspire them…and they’ll look after you and inspire you. And remember, your team is broader than just your employees! Perhaps most crucially, take time to look after YOU too – keeping well, healthy and vibrant works wonders for your business (and your relationships)

Remember to set time and money aside to invest IN your business.  It’s all too easy to keep taking money out – but your business is a living thing – and you need to water, feed it and nurture it just as you would your favourite house plants

But most of all, follow your heart – and use your head to make the magic happen!

Who are the women who inspire you the most?

I’d love to say ‘the women who inspire me the most are those who choose to ‘go for it’ even if they’re yet sure that they can…and who give themselves permission rather than waiting for other people to give it them’. Just to be awkward, I’d rather say this than answer with ‘names’… but if we HAD to have a name, Malala Yousafzai. She’s brave, inspirational and all about education for women… And let’s be clear, education is so important. Once you have it, no one can take it away from you. 

What is your favourite inspirational quote?

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein 

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