The Nitty Gritty
* How Sarah Bray, entrepreneur, author, and digital strategist, transitioned from working exclusively for herself to joining the smart and passionate team at &yet, a design and development consultancy
* What it means to be an intraprene
The Nitty Gritty
* How Sarah Bray
, entrepreneur, author, and digital strategist, transitioned from working exclusively for herself to joining the smart and passionate team at &yet
, a design and development consultancy
* What it means to be an intrapreneur in the modern creative world — and what drew Sarah to the &yet team
* How to fuel your self-confidence, especially if you’re moving from the entrepreneurship world to a team culture
* Why Sarah and the &yet team create resources, like Leadershippy
, that serve the company culture as well as the public to inspire, educate, and support them on their work/life journey
Have you ever felt that you could never work for someone else, other than yourself? Sarah Bray
, entrepreneur, author, and digital strategist, felt the same. That is: until she saw how she could give more life to her ideas by working on a team.
Despite working independently for years, today, Sarah works as the Chief of Strategy at &yet
, a design and development consultancy based out of Richland, Washington, that centers their work on possibility and people..
Listen to this inspiring episode of What Works to hear more from Sarah about her transition from working solo to working in tech.
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Tapping into your confidence as you transition from entrepreneurship to intrapreneurship
“My confidence in what I could do and what I could bring came from those experiences and that validation. I was at a point in my growth that I didn’t have to seek out those people. I never had to sell my ideas to anyone because they’d been reading my work for a long time and they knew who I was.” — Sarah Bray
The digital entrepreneurship world and the tech world are similar in many ways. Culturally, they’re both forward thinking and quick moving. There isn’t much bureaucracy (hopefully!) — autonomy and bold ideas are welcome.
But the big difference between the online business world and the tech world is that the people who work within each realm don’t cross paths often. As Sarah shares, her new coworkers at &yet weren’t familiar with her digital work, besides her business partner Adam. But it didn’t matter because Sarah knew she created quality work… and she used that confidence to push forward from running solo to joining forces with others.
If you’re considering making the jump from growing your own business to working for someone else, consider: what do you do really well? How is what you do well served by pivoting to a team-based environment? And how does this shift serve you personally and professionally?
Embracing frustration to fuel your work
“Frustration is the most amazing thing. Anytime there’s something I’m annoyed about or that’s driving me crazy, that’s the feeling that I know my own limitations well… and that I really need to be working with other people to move my ideas farther than I’m able to take them.” — Sarah Bray
Something I love about &yet’s company culture is that they fully embrace the idea of possibility. But not as a grandiose vision that doesn’t feel grounded in reality. Instead, it’s at the heart of everything they do and something they highlight on their website’s homepage
Possibility is no doubt something that Sarah embraces in her life, too. If she didn’t, would she have considered working for someone else? Would she have believed that working with others could make more of her ideas come to life than w...
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