“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” Barbara Stokes has taken this quote to heart, made famous by the legendary Babe Ruth, as a guiding principle in her successful career. As a co-founder and CEO of Green Structure Homes of Alabama, LLC, Stokes certainly knows how to play the game. The company, under her leadership, works closely with FEMA and private industry, in disaster relief construction. For Barbara Stokes, business isn’t just about finding success and making money but to improve lives by providing humanitarian relief. The company recently, in fact, was awarded a $28 million contract to aid Houston after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Read more about Barbara Stokes at The Cullman Times.
As a mom of 3, Barbara Stokes’ day is devoted to not only running a successful business, but having a successful family. Her quest for a well-rounded life is not built on personal desire alone, but Stokes sees this is as a core value for success in her professional life. That time with her family, and volunteering in her community, provides Stokes with a more rounded perspective and lends itself to a more focused mindset once at the office.
Barbara Stokes hopes the business world will come to embrace the combination of family values and careers. She cites the example of the pet bunny the company has in its offices. Beyond the enjoyment animals provide, Stokes sees it as a strong tool for team bonding, bringing her employers together and, she notes, happier employees are more productive employees. The pet rabbit is only one tool for a company that puts its employees at the center of its core policies. Happy employees lead to happy customers, and that is, as Barbara Stokes tells any budding entrepreneur, how a business thrives. Read this article at businessinsider.com.
Barbara Stokes’ other key to success is, well, the opposite of success all together: failure. Learning to accept when things go wrong, and no business is immune, and to keep moving forward, is the only way a business will thrive. Failure will come, but Stokes suggests embracing it and using it as a tool to learn and grow, and if her thriving business is any indication, she may just be on to something.