Episode 68: Work Harder & Smarter with Sharon Krumm, 4U, Inc.
Will had the opportunity to have a conversation with Sharon Krumm, President and Owner of 4U, Inc., a consulting firm. Sharon’s journey began with a passion for math, leading her to pursue accounting in college. However, she discovered a broader interest in finance, especially during globe-trotting M&A deals.
Throughout her career, Sharon navigated challenges. As a woman in predominantly male environments, she faced unique challenges but lived by the mantra of “work harder and smarter.”
Sharon emphasizes the importance of early and honest identification of value drivers in mergers and acquisitions, highlighting the need for a strategic integration plan and a team focused on preserving those drivers. She points out the significance of cultural fit in retaining talent and achieving long-term success. Transitioning from her successful corporate career, Sharon started her consulting firm, inspired by an empowered accountability culture, aiming to create a similar environment in her own company.
In solving complex business problems, her method involves a top-down and bottom-up approach, understanding strategic goals and learning from details. She highlights active listening to connect the dots and identify challenges, ensuring buy-in and trust.
Sharon advises individuals to prioritize what truly matters to them and understand their genuine interests. Despite external pressures, the importance of aligning personal values with career decisions is crucial. For Sharon, her family always came first, guiding her choices. She encourages defining success individually, as there is no one-size-fits-all path.