“I can recall a past million dollar decision . . . , I mean mistake. It’s one that many entrepreneurs face.” – Suzanne K. Lemen
Jacksonville, Florida October 27, 2013 – Artists who understand bringing artistic endeavors to market involves business processes are truly entrepreneurs. They’ve transitioned from the creation stuff into the terrain of decision-making. This is where the creative persona must exchange those OCD tendencies for getting off the backseat shifting straight to fourth gear experiences. Helping organizations and people shift gears is one of the things Suzanne (Suzi) K. Lemen, SPHR does best. Lemen is one of two trainers for Northeast Florida’s Start Up Quest Entrepreneur training program.
As former Senior Vice President of Human Resources with Barnett Banks, Inc. Lemen shouldered responsibilities for five of the affiliate companies. Lemen’s business acumen allows her to make million dollar decisions. It is an ability that matures over time. “I can recall years ago when I started my first company.” A slight smile emerges on Lemen’s faces as she pauses for effect, “One particular decision was a one million dollar mistake. I meant decision. . . I was sent a letter offering me a million dollar line of credit.”
Lemen’s contributions were part of the landscape for entrepreneurs taking their ideas to market. The take away is one decision can make or break a deal. Lemen suggested participants remember decision-making is not always an infallible process. Lemen further confesses, “Not entirely in the moment, I turned it down thinking I didn’t need it now. It would be there later. When I needed it the opportunity was gone.”
Lemen now makes different decisions as President and CEO of Dynamic Corporate Solutions, Inc. She founded this full service Human Resources consulting firm assisting companies in achieving and exceeding their strategic goals. She knows some things about making result-oriented decisions. Lemen’s advice offers crash courses in being the boss. Her parodies peppered with antidotes and industry secrets other bosses will never admit hits the mark.
Lemen’s transparency is probably one of many reasons she gets to make million dollar decisions. A laid back Lemen casually mingled in the background networking on behalf of Start Up participants. Her humility prevented many of Start Up Quest participants from grasping the depth of Lemen’s ability. Ability and humility are probably two of the best tools that artists can use to allow themselves success.
Lemen’s ability to make quick and definite decisions resonates in her confessions, “My decision was a mistake. I will never do again. But, it is common for new entrepreneurs to not adequately plan when it comes to finances.” This is a trait possessed by those who enjoy flourishing careers. It’s a principle for artists to consider. Success and failure lie in one decision. Deciding to seek advice outside of your industry might be the most powerful tool in brining your products or services to market. Relished products and services after the bank clears the electronic transactions. The art industry is a business. Actors, artists, musicians, and writers now have opportunities to embrace this notion thanks to Lemen and her teammates.
Their specialty is getting participants to strategically utilizing their resources. Signing up for Start Up Quest training is a strategic move in the right direction. Lemen will tell you. Making the right decision is the first step. Visit http://startupquest.org to for enrollment information.