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Leaders Challenge the Process

Challenge the Process. Leaders search for opportunities to change the status quo. They look for innovative ways to improve the organization. In doing so, they experiment and take risks. Since complex change threatens to overwhelm people and stifle action, leaders set interim goals so that people can achieve small wins as they work toward larger objectives. Effective leaders unravel bureaucracy when it impedes action. And, because leaders know that taking risks involves mistakes and failures, they accept occasional disappointments as opportunities to learn. The core value of any business is passion and hard work. As most of us struggle to develop a business or launch a new product , shopping local and supporting small start up companies is important and empowering other women owned business in a male dominate driven industry. We collaborate with other businesses in our community with what resources we have to help boosts the economy during this pandemic and hard times. Most of our small local business is forced to shut down and conventional ways to shop has shifted to on line sales. MDB has created curated boxes to include them.
For my series on strong female leaders, I had the pleasure of interviewing Chloe di Leo. Chloe di Leo is a successful entrepreneur and the creator of My Drink Bomb, a company that produces artisan, handcrafted cocktail drink mixers for adults and healthy and nutritious alternatives to sugar-packed fizzy drinks for children, all made with natural and organic ingredients.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

My name is Chloe Di Leo I came to America in 1975 at the age of five. The middle child of 3. As the daughter of immigrant parents I worked along- side my family first Asian American grocery store. I learned the values of an entrepreneurial spirit firsthand at an early age and has bought me to many successful career path with hard work ethics and creativity which has helped mold my career path.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began leading your company?

The most interesting story since I began leading my company was the meeting difference people who helped me through this journey. The least few who who told me my ideas were crazy that it wouldn’t go anywhere so interesting enough it did when we opened our location and nearly sold out.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
The funniest story was making drink bombs in the kitchen with my two kids during Hurricane Harvey. My kids took them to school the at the end of the day had sold $40 of drink bombs — Thus the BOMB SQUAD was born!
What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?
What started as a way for Chloé Di Leo to encourage her kids to drink more water is now — just less than 2 years — a startup making a splash on the wedding and beverage drink mixer industry. The first Asian American owned business Original drink mixer — My Drink Bombs by Mixologi are the latest thing to hit the craft cocktail scene and they are simply awesome! We stand out because we truly repent the success story or small business and a legacy of successful entrepreneurs.

Are you working on any exciting new projects now? How do you think that will help people?

We are collaborating with great local companies and cultivating new friendships. We are currently working with global distribution company to bring MDB luxury brand to Europe, Canada and Dubai.

What advice would you give to other female leaders to help their team to thrive?

Never give up. Work hard and build a great team. Never let anyone tell you you can’t and never get discouraged even when you want to give up keep knocking on doors. Every no, will get you closer to a yes!

What advice would you give to other female leaders about the best way to manage a large team?

To be a good “team leader” and trust and give your team the tools they need to succeed. Always be kind and generous and they will do the same. Don’t surround yourself with people who don’t have the same work ethics as you do.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

There is not one particular person, but many people and many great stories that are responsible for the success of our company. Without the support or friends and family and amazing collaboration who believes in our brand and product. We thank you everyone who truly loves and support MDB and our mission.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

The company launched an incentive to help women who are out or work, and specially single mothers to create part and full-time like income from their home. We created an ambassador program to help bring awareness to our brand and create jobs that is scarce during hard times.

What are your “5 Leadership Lessons I Learned From My Experience” and why. (Please share a story or example for each.)

Be a Role Model
Leaders establish principles concerning the way people (constituents, peers, colleagues, and customers alike) should be treated and the way they should pursue goals. Leaders create standards of excellence and set an example for others to follow. Always encourage your employees or peers to do their best and set good examples in good business practices.

Inspire a Shared Vision
Leaders passionately believe they can make a difference. They envision the future and create an ideal and unique image of what the organization can become. Through their magnetism and persuasion, leaders enlist others in their dreams. They breathe life into their visions and get people to see exciting possibilities for the future. Always inspire people to do the best and help gh be the best light and shine!

Challenge the Process
Leaders search for opportunities to change the status quo. They look for innovative ways to improve the organization. In doing so, they experiment and take risks. Since complex change threatens to overwhelm people and stifle action, leaders set interim goals so that people can achieve small wins as they work toward larger objectives. Effective leaders unravel bureaucracy when it impedes action. And, because leaders know that taking risks involves mistakes and failures, they accept occasional disappointments as opportunities to learn. The core value of any business is passion and hard work. As most of us struggle to develop a business or launch a new product , shopping local and supporting small start up companies is important and empowering other women owned business in a male dominate driven industry. We collaborate with other businesses in our community with what resources we have to help boosts the economy during this pandemic and hard times. Most of our small local business is forced to shut down and conventional ways to shop has shifted to on line sales. MDB has created curated boxes to include them.

Enable Others to Act
Leaders foster collaboration and build spirited teams. They actively involve others. Leaders understand that mutual respect sustains extraordinary efforts. They strive to create an atmosphere of trust and human dignity. They strengthen others, making each person feel capable and powerful. Our company launched an incentive to help women who are out or work, and specially single mothers to create full-time like income from their home to empower women. We have a team of local and regional mangers including brand ambassadors in the USA and Canada.

Encourage the Heart
Accomplishing extraordinary things in organizations is hard work. To keep hope and determination alive, leaders should always recognize the contributions that individuals each make. In every winning team, the members need to share in the rewards of their efforts, so leaders must celebrate accomplishments. This make people feel like heroes and winners and enforces positive reinforcement!

You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

A core value of any business is passion and hard work. As most of us struggle to develop a business or launch a new product , shopping local and supporting small start up companies is important and empowering other women owned business is a core value for us.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“Failure is not an option. Keep knocking on doors until one opens.”
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US with whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this if we tag them 🙂

We have been asked why we have not been on Shark Tank a thousand times. As a woman owned business to meet a Lady Shark would we an honor.

How can our readers connect with you on social media?
https://www.facebook.com/201374300703347
https://www.instagram.com/mydrinkbomb
https://www.pinterest.com/MydrinkBomb/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/chloe-di-leo-505ab08a

Written by
Alexandra Spirer
I am an entrepreneur, publicist, journalist and event producer based in Sunny Florida. My passion is writing & giving back to others.

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