Bend or Leave
Why do you subject yourself to needless chatter about how you are not fitting into the norm of the salon industry? Can you experience success in the beauty industry if you are a renegade and can’t quite mold yourself to the culture of the salon where you work? You or your salon can get caught in the game of following the “current” or “hip” salon trends and lose sight of who you are and what the very character and fabric of your success could be. The pressure to conform is huge.
In all the current talk about how individualistic you’ve become, and with pressure on the other hand to conform, there lies a gap that contains the very ingredient you need for success. You have to experiment with the ingredients, especially if you are a renegade. Being a renegade doesn’t mean you fight the establishment and exclude yourself from the rules and contract of your salon. The salon industry is full of ideas about what you must do, and how to be competitive, and what latest trends to follow. Your job as a renegade is to decipher from the noise that which rings true to you and do that. Be that.
What if the latest trends are farthest from who you are, and who you want to be? You must not and cannot conform. It’s more important that you stand alone with your true self and individuality than live a life that is a meaningless facade. This is where true branding comes in – your message to the world about who you are, your salon practices, the unique quality of the individuals within your community, and you.
In the article “Individualism in the Workplace,” published by Chron.com, Wanda Thibodeaux brings up an interesting point that both individualism and collectivism are important to a thriving business.
“The initiative that individualism allows creates a basis for capitalist entrepreneurship.” She also offers, “For some companies that are highly dependent on creativity, elimination of individualism in the workplace is not necessarily desirable.”
Collectivism promotes teamwork that is important to the salon environment as well. Many companies operate with a combination of the two.
According to Baylor Business’ article, “Individualism, Collectivism and Team Performance,”
“‘There’s been a lot of research in the past that puts people into one of two categories,’ [Chris] Meyer said. ‘It says that people are either individualists or collectivists, and that is based almost entirely on their cultural background.'”
Meyer goes on to say,
“‘We do so much work in teams, even self-appointed teams,’ he said. ‘That’s the way work is moving. And what this research shows is that while we need people who work well in a collective setting, we need people to be individuals as well to get the maximum performance.'”
[tweetthis]”‘…we need people to be individuals as well to get the maximum performance.'” CHRIS MEYER #renegadestylist[/tweetthis]
Clearly both people that work well in teams and those who are more independent can make a salon team more solid. They both have qualities vital to the success of your salon. Renegades have a place and a strength that is vital to salons, and they need to be seen for what they can offer, but that doesn’t mean they are just out for themselves. They have families, loved ones, and relationships. They are “normal”, but they don’t need the norms to define who they are.
Sydney Neely writes in “Individualism in the Workplace”:
“Individualism isn’t going anywhere, so it’s important to understand how to positively integrate this into the workplace. Managers should offer trainings that show how harmony and collaboration in the office actually helps everyone reach their individual goals. When employees start to see the connection between their own success and their co-workers’ and company’s success, collectivism will occur naturally. In this type of environment, workers can compete in a healthy way that still keeps the well-being of the office team and company as a whole at the forefront.”
In all, you must find what works for you, and yet be a team player. You must find a salon that respects you for your qualities. However, you must give a little, or a lot to remain part of a team. And if you are a renegade in the salon, an independent that can’t conform to the culture of the salon you work in, it might be time to strike out on your own. Leave with your integrity in tact, and avoid burning bridges. Fear not – there is room for everyone. Striking out on your own takes courage and many other qualities, but listing them is enough for another article.
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If you are a renegade and find yourself hitting your head against the wall with all the rah rah team work talk at the salon, calm down, think about how you can lead others, and offer your point of view in a constructive manner. Let the salon owner you would like to be lead a meeting.