Greetings from Great Places. Hello, Broadsheeters! This is Kristen. I spent a couple of days last week at the Great Place to Work Summit in San Francisco. Among my personal highlights from the conference was getting to spend some time on stage talking to Thrive Global founder and CEO Arianna Huffington and Jennifer Morgan, SAP president, Americas and Asia Pacific Japan. Not surprisingly, the two women were fonts of smart career advice, so I’ve put together a few of the highlights for you:
Friends don’t let friends make decisions while sleep deprived
Huffington has spent the last few years becoming sleep’s biggest fan and lobbyist, and her devotion to shuteye was on full display Thursday, as she cautioned the audience against the dangers of making key decisions when you’re dragging. “I can identify every mistake I’ve made in my business life…It was when I was exhausted and I was basically ignoring the red flags…or wanting to check something off my to-do list to be less overwhelmed.” The takeaway: Make time to rest, your career will thank you.
The struggle is real—so share it
When you’re the boss, it can be tempting to pretend you always have all the answers. But revealing your own limitations can be powerful, says Morgan. Sharing your doubts and uncertainties—and how you work through them—can help empower your employees.
“When you’re rising up and you look at the people above you, I think all of us think they have it all figured out—that there’s a special answer key out there that you will be exposed to someday,” she says. “The reality is… I haven’t found it yet. So, I think as leaders it’s really important that we share the reality of the struggles and challenges, and to share what works for us.”
Embrace your feminine side
Morgan rattled off a list of qualities that she often sees in women: empathy, humility, authenticity, vulnerability (“and when I say vulnerability, I don’t mean weakness”). “In the past, these were traits women were trained not to share—that those aren’t leadership traits,” she said. But in today’s digital world, people are increasingly looking to work for someone who embodies those humanistic values, said Morgan: “Being your true, authentic self captures more followership and creates a lot more success than trying to be somebody you’re not.”
Managers aren’t mind readers
Huffington shared the story of a woman who was struggling at work because her manager had set a daily 7:30 a.m. conference call—the same time that she needed to drop her daughter off at school. The conflict was disrupting the woman’s life—but it turned out that her manager had no idea.
“Women are often very reluctant to speak up about what’s important to them, especially when it comes to children, because they think it’s going to be seen as a sign that they’re not sufficiently dedicated, that they’re on the ‘mommy track.'” she said.
The solution to such problems can be as simple as creating better communication, noted Huffington. Employers must do better about asking workers what they need—and employees must be better about telling them.
While it’s not a new thing for Huffington—indeed, she’s been beating this particular drum since at least 2014—I have to mention her invocation of #StyleRepeats because I think it’s such on-point advice. Noting that she’d worn the same dress to two previous events before appearing on the Great Place to Work stage, Huffington told the women in the audience, “we’re at a competitive disadvantage with men—we waste an enormous amount of time and energy on picking a different outfit for every occasion.” So, even the playing field by buying something you love—”I’m not against beautiful clothes”—and “wear it again and again and again.”
Source : http://fortune.com/2018/03/12/ivanka-trump-elizabeth-warren-rent-the-runway-broadsheet-march-12/