Sharon Stanbury: How Patience is the Real Power in Business


Change is key to the survival and the success of an organization; whether it’s an upgrade to a new email system or a paradigm shift towards gender equality.

With more than 30 years of corporate career, change catalyst Sharon Stanbury has seen the ups and downs of implementing key changes. And in this episode of The Female Red Zone, she shares valuable lessons, tips and insights for leaders who are on their way to promote changes in their organization. She reveals the importance of going straight to your people and ask their take on the changes you’d like to implement in your business.

Finally, learn about “listening conversation”.  Find out how it can potentially bring forth new ideas and innovations to your company.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What is a change catalyst and its role in transforming how businesses are done for the better.
  • The biggest change she had to implement around a company’s email management solution and the challenges she had to go through.
  • Her thoughts on how to apply change while addressing the needs of people who will get affected by this transformation.
  • Her take on gender pay inequity and the value of bringing impactful feminine qualities into a masculine work environment.
  • The importance of feminine energy in a corporate environment.
  • How she transforms businesses through thought leading conversations such as gender equality.
  • The biggest risk she had to undertake as a change catalyst.
  • Her biggest success in helping organizations change.


  • Change is always an individual journey. It cannot be implemented globally without consideration for the people going through the change.
  • Patience is power.
  • Trust is the key to the speed of innovation in an organization.
  • It’s okay to have fluffy conversations.

Big Takeaways:

  • Fear of something is always the root cause of resistance to change.
  • People who are going through a change in a corporate environment need understanding and compassion.
  • A lot of companies implement change without considering the personal journey their employees have to go through.
  • The root cause of inequity is that people – especially women – are not being themselves. Instead, people become what they aren’t in order to produce results on their jobs.
  • Recognizing the harmony between feminine and masculine energy in business is a key competitive advantage.
  • Having a “listening conversation” is key, especially if you’re generating new business ideas with your team.
  • It’s okay to generate negative responses. Because they show things that needs to be done in order to improve your business.

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