A big piece of culture at Tailored is encouraging and fostering our team to step into who they are. Empowerment is a hot topic, a trendy word to throw around. Have you thought of why? The path to empowerment and authenticity in recent years has been born out of a culture that wants us all to be the same and to fit into a nice, pretty box—to fit in the confines of social norms and rules. While rules are good and necessary, the reason people often do not feel empowered is they don’t feel valued in who they are and what they bring to the table.
Empowerment at Tailored means collaborating as a team, the more creative minds working together the better the outcome. Empowerment is having the freedom to make choices that best serve the guest while knowing what is best for the brand. We want to empower our team to step into who they are. We know this doesn’t happen naturally, or overnight. Empowering someone is telling them that who they are and what they bring to the table is valuable. The expectation is not to fall in line and be like everyone else. The expectation is to be you so that we can all benefit.
We choose to push, foster and grow each person to provide the best service. When we feel empowered as an individual and as a member of a team, it grows. We can then encourage and foster that into anyone we meet and interact with. We asked our very own Gabby to tell us a little bit about what empowerment means to her.
You are not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s ok.Gabby Catherine
“You are not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s ok. Learning how to define empowerment in my journey through life, has been a bit bumpy. At this stage, I’ve decided that to be empowered is the ability to step into your true, creative, and unique self. This brings opportunity for more growth, health, and care for you and those around you. Being in the business of people, sometimes feels like being everything for everyone—a chameleon of sorts, in order to make everyone happy. This sometimes conflicts as I dig into my authentic self.
Empowerment as a hairdresser may mean telling a guest that I am not comfortable providing a service on them in order to sustain the integrity of their hair. In my personal life, it could look like me setting boundaries in a friendship. It’s a continuous learning process that requires constant self-evaluation. Coming into my power began with taking a stand for my own beliefs and often misunderstood heart—and realizing that with empowerment comes opportunity. My empowerment journey has lead to a beautiful group of people that magnifes my uniqueness as a quality that is, not only valued, but also needed!” ~ Gabby Catherine