Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.
My name is Sitima Fowler and I am the CO-CEO of Capstone IT. We are the outsourced IT department for small and medium businesses. So we take the frustration out of dealing with computer issues when you are trying to get work done.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
An actress or TV anchorperson.
How did you get started in your current career? What were some difficulties you faced?
I fell into it. My husband, Mike Fowler, started Capstone. I was working at General Motors at the time and was the bread winner. But I have always wanted to start my own business but didn’t know what to do it in. So when Capstone was doing well enough, I quit my six-figure salary to join Capstone full time with the hopes of growing it.
In moments of self-doubt, hardships or failure, how do you build yourself back up?
I love failures. I learn so much from them and it means I am constantly implementing. I ponder and reflect on the failed situation and then I sleep on it. When I wake up, I usually have the answer as to what I need to do next. The universe always provides me with the answer. The other thing I do is seek the advice of my mentors and peer group. I love hanging out with like minded entrepreneurs who I can lean on and benefit from their advice.
What is your best advice to someone just starting out? What advice do you wish someone had said to you?
Think Big. Set some goals and stop nothing short of meeting those goals. Work like crazy and make things happen. Start with a potential list of clients and figure out all the different ways you are going to reach out them. Keep marketing… you will see success.
What inspires you?
Other successful leaders. I love learning from others. I get energy from people who are making things happen in this community. I eat it up. I read non fiction books, listen to podcasts, go to seminars….anything to learn from the experiences of others.
What is your favorite part of what you do?
Creating strategies and then implementing them through others. I have had to learn how to delegate and now I love energizing others to deliver.
What do you find most challenging?
When a staff member or a client leaves Capstone, it is hard not to take things personally. It hurts. But you always have to see their side and there was a reason they left. It is an opportunity to self reflect, learn, and make improvements.