Julia Stock speaks to The Industry Leaders about her work and what she's learned on her entrepreneurial journey.
What's Your Story?
I'm a Business Revolutionary for Be Astute, based in Frome Somerset. We help our ambitious business owner clients to scale up, reduce their stress levels and increase profitability by using a combination of training, coaching and consultancy to deliver pragmatic business advice.
You can travel back in time to Day 1 of your business or career - what advice would you give to younger-you, knowing what you know now?
I wouldn't travel back to day 1 of my career or my current business, but I would go back to about 2010 when I stopped having fun as the MD of a large vocational training business.
That's when the anxiety symptoms started creeping in, and everything became much tougher.
I would have advised myself to take the feelings seriously and to get some help in tackling them. Although I don't regret my journey, if I had intervened at that point it would have been different with probably a less turbulent outcome.
What one book or podcast changed your life?
I am not a big book or podcast follower, but I have done a lot of qualification training during my career which prompted lots of reading and reflection.
There are two qualifications that have had the biggest impact:
A post-grad in Lifelong Learning which brought home my passion for helping people to develop their expertise and how learning at work and for work is different from other formats
A Level 4 Apprenticeship in Business Analysis; it transformed my management style and abilities.
I use what I earned in both of those with my clients all the time.