About Anthea Mumby
An Interview with Anthea
“Starting off my career
working in the family business”
You say you have over 40 years of business experience but you look fairly young. What is your story?
Well, I started my entrepreneurial career when I took typing class in grade 9, in order to help my parents in their family-owned insurance business. By working in proximity to my father, a gregarious story teller who had established a niche in the architecture industry, I learned about the insurance business, and how to build a business based on relationship and core values.
I’m a natural opportunity maximizer, and saw ways I can make the business more profitable; I told my Dad he was sitting on a gold mine, and I could help. So, I took my Insurance broker training concurrently with my University degree and started working full time alongside my father. I revamped our business development approach, I added additional professional associations to our client roster, and took the lead for client sales. We became busy!
The Pressure is Building Up
In 1996 I gave birth to my daughter in a somewhat traumatic process, and only took 3 weeks off with my newborn before I was back at my desk, balancing the baby while talking on the phone and typing, to make sure there was no disruption to customer service.
About a year later my husband joined our business as the succession plan for my father, he took over the life and group benefits area of the business. This meant all of our family income was coming from one source. And, due to my father’s health, I decided to buy the business from my parents, which meant it absolutely had to succeed. This was a lot of pressure for a young mother who was now the President of a business where most of my counterparts were much older.
All I knew was to rely on myself. Working harder and longer hours became my default working style. While I made sure my staff had time off for vacations, I was working through Christmas. Clients were being well served, but I was working through the night to make sure we would deliver on our promises.
Riding the Waves through Disruptions
Despite our business success and the high client retention rates at times business was really challenging. I had to ride the waves of many disruptions. What kept me stable was our company Vision and Values and my personal focus and determination.
Some of the major disruptions I navigated:
A major client decided to work with one of our competitors, costing us a significant portion of our business income
A key team member resigned and proceeded to complain about me and our business on social media
An argument with a family member who owned the business with me made it uncomfortable to work togetherthe next day
I had a personal emergency which took my focus off business; a business contact hears about this, decides I was being neglectful, and caused trouble.
We invested in high price tag technology and it does not deliver the results we expected, leaving us struggling to meet our financial obligations
The majority or our team had personal problems at the same time and we were left with only 10% of the team operational.
As those disruptions were occurring, I kept my British “stiff upper lip” so that others wouldn’t see it.
But I was growing and managing a business with limited knowledge of entrepreneurship, human resources, marketing, or awareness of my purpose or consideration of my own health and wellbeing.
DREAM TEAM CONSULTING is born
Being a life long learner, I joined masterminds to learn more about business, about mindset, about purpose and how to not kill myself to succeed in business. I invested over $250k in my education as an entrepreneur, applied what I learned, grew the insurance business over 10 times, and successfully sold it in 2020.
I realized what was missing, what would have helped me especially in times of disruption – I did not have a trusted advisor, I did not have a dream team of other trusted business owners with other specialities that I can call on, I did not have someone in my corner that I can call in an emergency situation. So, I took all my business experience all my training with various experts and all I learned at the school of hard knocks and created a new purpose driven business to provide this to others.
My hope is to help younger entrepreneurs who feel the pressure of family and business all on them, as well as to help mature business owners navigate disruptions with ease. Dream Team Consulting exists to help family-owned businesses to increase prosperity, freedom, and harmony. We aim to spark their creativity, boost their confidence and strengthen their courage.
You might consider me like a Dolphin in business. I combine my intellectual business skills with my spiritual tools and awareness, bringing my clients good fortune, luck, and positivity. When they are lost in the ocean of business disruption, I’m here to guide them. When they can’t breathe because they are overwhelmed, I’m the person they can reach out to, protecting them, guiding them back to shore with playfulness and joy, and bringing my Dream Team as support to get them to the top of the water line fast.
Please, don't let disruption in your business destroy you or your business. Don’t hold a stiff lip as I did, but instead reach out and let's have a chat.
My name “Anthea” means “Goddess of Flowers” in Greek.
I’ve understood that to be really successful I need to balance my masculine driving energy
with a feminine energy of collaboration and connection.
“Myself (President) and my spouse (Vice President) at Mumby Insurance Brokers”
“Women of Merit photo shoot 2018”
“Dream Team Consulting, a Business Founded on Purpose”
"My Father Dennis and Myself working side by side to expand the business"
“Hard at work, serving clients as a new Mom”
What Others Say About Working With Anthea
Clearly Spoken Inc.
At our session where you pulled all that information out of me was definitely exhilarating for me, focussed me. That first step was important and I needed the push in the right direction – verbalizing my vision. I thank you for that. I presented the Vision to my team and they got excited – and that’s exactly what I wanted from them – engagement! Since then, my team has had some very exciting and innovative ways to implement my Vision! It’s a work in progress and I’m very proud of the work they’ve/we’ve done to date. Anthea, you're a rock star! Thanks!
Anthea is such an inspiration, I have recently gone through her process with other entrepreneurs for defining our vision and she was able to lead the group in such an interesting way. Everyone was amazed by where we landed and how she was able to ask the right questions to lead us to our goal. She brings so much experience into what she does and I recommend her to anyone looking to grow their dream business.
Personal Edge Training Inc.
THIS LADY HAS A TIDAL WAVE of experience, knowledge, creativity and expertise that flows out of her when she works either one-on-one with business owners or when leading a group of entrepreneurs. Not only is she a powerful leader and visionary, but I love that Anthea is a true facilitator. In my experience, Anthea has collaborated with me, challenging me to really think differently about my business. She has guided me to think differently - creatively - in order to problem solve and ride the waves, so to speak, ultimately empowering me to lean into change. Hop on board with this dynamic leader. She will have you surfing through your waves!
Brenda Schrader-SandersOwner, Peacock Transformation
Anthea and I met at a workshop I was teaching to help people expand their intuitive skills. It was one of those moments in life when I thought to myself “We are meant to do some amazing things together! Over the following months, I’ve been impressed by Anthea's knowledge and experience, not only as an entrepreneur, but as someone who is open to expanding her intuitive and spiritual skills. I love to work with growth minded people! Over time, I began to realize that Anthea was influencing my own capability for thinking bigger. She is one of those people who always has a Vision, and loves to see others expand theirs. I'm forever grateful to Anthea for sharing her wisdom and helping me to expand.
Jane Mullin doTERRA International LLC
Anthea is a wealth of knowledge, and an all-around wonderful person. Her life and business experience has given her many pearls of wisdom over the years and Anthea has a way of explaining and relating these experiences to helping one in their own lives. I love Anthea's one-liners and humorous key phrases. Anthea is an excellent consultant who is well connected and I am very grateful to be connected to her.
Irina Mihaela Entrepreneur Enlightenment
Anthea has a natural ability to connect people with resources. Because she has a vast business experience and also, she is a continuous learner she knows the tools that can help in any situation.One Christmas she gifted my book to every member of a business group, then they invited me to speak and from there I got a few good clients. She has the power of influence.As part of her Dream Team, she helped me improve my Retreat promotion page and we did a fantastic interview together. When she believes in you, she is behind you 100%.
Anthea has a wealth of knowledge and experience which she generously shares in her efforts to help people with day to day challenges. Her latest project of building a Dream Team has collected a group of very talented people from many different walks of life all providing their expertise to family run businesses. Anthea is such an amazing person and her background perfectly suits the goal of the Dream Team. Her quick wit and incredible charm will ensure the success of this project.