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April 18, 2010

Interview Tidbit:: Emily Powell of Powells Books

On this exciting book journey we have the pleasure of interviewing nearly 100 women who are running interesting, inspiring, and innovative companies. While we of course will be including lots of details in the book and discussing the interviews over the next year, in the meantime we wanted to share a few tidbits from each amazing interview!

As complete book lovers, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with Emily Powell, the woman soon to take the helm of Powells Books.

Here are a few things that stuck out from our terrific conversation:

Adelaide- I was really struck by a metaphor Emily used about “firing bullets, not cannons”. She used this to describe their continual experimentation and recalibration efforts. It is clearly important to Powell’s to be invested in a process of continuous improvement. With open eyes and ears they are always asking, “how can we do this better?”

Amy- It was very interesting to me that Emily spoke of connecting with a few different groups of entrepreneurs to get support. She cultivated specific communities (women CEO’s, retail groups, e-commerce group) and was clear that one group was never enough and that affiliating with several groups afforded many outlets for her as an entrepreneur.

Also, I was thrilled to hear that she is inspired by retail stores that are sell products that are very different than books. That these stores are a source of inspiration to her and she brings ideas from her store visits back into the business by shopping (a girl after my own heart).

Thank you, Emily!

- Adelaide & Amy

1 comment:

Tammy Brackett said...

I love that Emily recognizes constant reinvention and forward thinking is important. I HAD to follow Emily at Twitter! In an era of disappearing brick and mortar book stores, I applaude her pluck and attitude!