Each week on “Women Leaders: Secrets to Success”, our host, Jessica Franzini, talks to women from around the country who are taking names and breaking glass. This week, Jessica spoke to Shari Hyman from Turner Construction.
Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company and is a leading builder in diverse market segments. The company has earned recognition for undertaking large, complex projects, fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies, and making a difference for their clients, employees and community.
To learn more, visit http://www.turnerconstruction.com.
What do you feel are your key personal factors for your success?: Relationship building from the security guard to the CEO is key. Everyone should be treated w the same amount of respect and by actually putting that into practice I find I am the recipient of a lot of helpful information that lets me succeed.
What is the biggest mistake you would tell your younger self to avoid?: Stop being so afraid of being wrong or saying something stupid.
Do you have a mentor and do you feel it is important to have one?: I do not. I have sponsors and that’s what makes the difference.
Is there a book you can recommend that would be valuable to read for a woman starting out in business?: Lean In is a book that highlights the importance of maintaining and utilizing connections. I found it very valuable for helping me realize that I can do it too, even if I do not travel in the same high-profile circles as the author. It’s a good lesson for all women looking to succeed.
How do you achieve balance between your professional life and personal life?: Figuring out things that my kids wanted to engage with me on when they were little.