Julie and her husband have already shifted the roles for some team members, and refined roles for others, resulting in a happier, more stable support team for The Academy.
Julie made new decisions about letting go of things she’d been holding onto for the wrong reasons without worrying about what other people will think. In short, Julie embraced her role as CEO and has a healthier business for it.
“We want a happy staff and happy people. It’s helped us to think about the future of some of the more significant things that we have been doing that have maybe not been working as well as they once did.
“We’re now beginning to start the process of letting go, and that can be challenging, but at the same time, it just also feels right and we know that this is a process that’s really helped us to think fresh and think new about our business.
“We have a much better understanding of the reality of our position and also as well what is best for us to do, not just for us personally but for all of the beautiful people that come into contact with us in this business.
“This for us was not just an exercise in how can we make more money. It’s never been only about that for us. That is a part of it, but it was more than that for us.
“It was how can we have happier staff, how can we be more efficient, how can we be greater leaders in this industry at what we do and how we’re perceived. All of those things have really started to come to fruition.”