Our favorite television characters may not be real, but the situations they face each day are grounded in truth. In fact, many of the most useful tidbits of advice stem from these characters when they're presented with scenarios we may run across each week, such as workplace conflict or personal problems.
Last month, we compiled a list of the best small business advice from successful TV businessmen, but this one's for the ladies.
The small screen is replete with female role models who have made names for themselves in the corporate world. From intelligent and driven Leslie Knope to crafty and headstrong Annalise Keating, primetime's leading ladies have made quite an impression on their viewers. Small business owners should heed advice from these powerful women, using their suggestions to drive success in their own endeavors.
1. 'Whatever happens, we do not give up,' Olivia Pope
Whether she's helping clear a client's name or fighting terrorism in the U.S., Olivia Pope from "Scandal" has the tenacity to see any challenge through to fruition. The reason her own crisis management firm has been so successful is because of Olivia's unwavering dedication to her clients and their causes. This passion drives her to see any problem through without giving up - a sentiment small business owners should cling to when working on their own endeavors.
Any professional would tell you that opening a new store presents various problems - both anticipated and random - that must be addressed, but attitude is just as important as your solution. Channel your inner Olivia Pope and face your challenges head on, refusing to give up until you have reached a conclusion that you are confident with.
2. 'Why don't you put on your running shoes and get to the point?' Selina Meyer
Much like any business executive, Selina Meyer from HBO's "Veep" has seen her fair share of triumphs and failures. She nabbed the vice presidential role after losing the bid for presidency - a formidable loss that had a profound impact on her behavior in the show's first season. However, as the years go by and Selina becomes more confident in her abilities and her own knowledge, she turns into an unstoppable, confident force to be reckoned with.
If there's one thing Selina doesn't have time for, it's nonsense. Much like any professional in the corporate realm, Selina's time is valuable, and she treats it as such. You may not want to be as abrasive in your approach, but implementing tactics that will ensure your employees are using both their and your time wisely is important for the smooth running of any company.
3. 'I believe that all anyone really wants in this life is to sit in peace and eat a sandwich,' Liz Lemon
While it's important that you work hard to keep your business in tip-top shape, taking a break is equally imperative to the success of your venture. Liz Lemon from "30 Rock" said it best when she correctly noted that nothing is quite as relaxing as sitting peacefully and eating a sandwich. You may not share Liz's love of cold cuts or night cheese, but you should be aware of the benefits provided by regular respites during the working day.
One study from researchers at the University of Toronto found that taking a lunch break - as in, actually stopping work to talk with peers, surf the Internet or read for 30 minutes - had a profound impact on employees' productivity and satisfaction levels. Starting a new business means you'll be spending the majority of your free time perfecting your company, but take a hint from Liz and find your peaceful sandwich place for the best results.
4. 'One person's annoying is another person's inspiring and heroic,' Leslie Knope
Many things can be said about Leslie Knope from "Parks and Recreation," but you could never say that she let what others' think bring her down. Passionate, driven and dedicated Leslie spent the course of the six-season series making the Parks Department the best it could be, all while helping those around her grow and discover their own professional callings.
Persistence is key when starting a new venture, so don't let others bring you down along your journey. Like Leslie, you may be called annoying or a number of other negative qualifiers, but as long as you remember your goals and stay true to who you are, you have nothing to worry about.