Today we’d like to introduce you to La Juana (LJ) Chambers Lawson.
La Juana, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I pride myself on being an educator. I started many years ago as a teacher and never really left the profession. For as long as I have worked, I have been an educator. Being an educator poses unique challenges that force you to have a plan and work that plan. Educators have to be above reproach, agile, consistent, goal-oriented, intentional, and tenacious (to name a few).
The role of an educator is akin to being a business executive – failure is yours and achieving success is a journey rather than a destination because it’s fleeting and fickle. I have led many for-profit and non-profit businesses as an educator with a heart for effectiveness and efficiency; 90% of the businesses that I have led have grown their portfolio of (1) highly sought after talent, and (2) revenue-producing projects by no less than 80% cumulatively. As the Owner, CEO, and Principal Consultant of Tacit Growth Strategies, I am an educator turned Project Management evangelist endeavoring to answer the call of saving billions in lost revenue and productivity.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road has not been easy but adversity is what makes us strive to be our best. Comfort is the greatest killer of dreams. Through adversity is how I discovered who I am and what I am here on this earth to do. I think that curiosity and being risk tolerant, really more accepting of risks, are incredible strengths that shatter glass ceilings in our own minds and force us out of our comfort zones and into spaces of compassion, love, and unity. Through pain and struggle is how we learn to care and share without fear. Being fearless is being careless and weightless for me. This was my primary driver for becoming an entrepreneur full-time. I live on my terms, uninhibited by society’s many boxes and ready to do good in the world through business as unusual.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Tacit Growth Strategies (TGS) – what should we know?
My firm has been featured in Forbes, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Entrepreneur for leading in for-profit and non-profit business. I believe that my background in STEM from both the public and private sectors has equipped me with a diverse array of invaluable experiences, to include benchmarking industry best practices, technology, and services. I established TGS in January of 2018 with the goal of addressing my greatest challenges as a young professional for other professionals (1) too infrequent and irrelevant training, (2) a lack of appreciation and understanding of the Project Management lexicon, and (3) unrealized potential. Tacit Growth Strategies, also referred to as TGS: The PM Firm, is a project management firm dedicated to providing B2B and B2C grant administration, IT, & training solutions. Through Tacit Growth Strategies, I am able to not only actively redefine business as usual, I am also able to unapologetically place higher value on the human or people side of business via project management. It’s true that we are all project managers in some shape or form in our personal and professional lives but what’s more true is that our tendency to transact business as usual actively dehumanizes and harms people who are differently able, who lack access to what may be perceived as basic or fundamental resources and/or services, and who are otherwise different from us. Developing talent should not be as Darwinian and exclusive as it has traditionally been. With Tacit Growth Strategies, I am able to commodify my expertise in ways that realize the potential of Tacit Growers no matter the industry or sector and for professionals no matter who or where they are. Our company mission is to strategically grow a network of better business. We hold that growth is tacit and our company vision is to harness people power for success in life and profession. Our company values are compassion, efficiency, empathy, growth, and trust. We encourage our existing and prospective Tacit Growers (aka clients) to visit our website at growthistacit.com to stay up-to-date on ways that they can engage one another and us professionally and socially. #GrowthisTacit
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Yes, shoutouts aplenty! Thank you to my Tacit Growers, especially my core supporters like my father, my husband, my mother, and my sister.
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