Leadership. It’s a very big topic that I have been thinking about a lot lately. One of the main reasons I’ve been giving it a lot of thought is because I was asked to talk about leadership in the context of my career at Goldman Sachs and my current role as CEO of Women Moving Millions by Porsche as part of a series they are doing called, “There is no substitute for….” The videos include profiles of many amazing leaders, including Danae Ringelmann, Co-Founder of Indiegogo, Brian Spaly, CEO of Trunk Club, Ruth Zukerman, Founder of Flywheel Sports, Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871, and Kenny Dichter, Founder and CEO of Wheels Up. Needless to say, I was beyond honored to be included. The shoot was in July, and the completed video was just released.
Of course, I tried to prepare for the shoot, but the goal was to not have something scripted out, but rather for it to just be in conversation about the topic. What you see above is a few minutes of a very long conversation. Flying home that night from Los Angeles, I drifted back to so many memories from my time at Goldman, and in particular, to the work I did in those last few years that really ignited my interest in leadership development. I was part…
I am a quote freak. When someone says something so powerful, so beautiful, in just a line or two I feel compelled to capture and collect it. I have a giant word-doc with all my favorites, and I pull them out as needed – for a speech, for a sympathy card, or just a little something to add to the bottom of an email.
This morning I found myself pouring through it for another reason. I was looking for a great quote on IMPACT to be included in a report we are finishing for Women Moving Millions. There were so many wonderful ones and hoping to make your summer weekend just a little sweeter, here are a few of my favorites.
“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.” Anita Roddick
“The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.” Tony Robbins
“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” Les Brown
“Moments don’t last unless we do something with them.” Gloria Feldt
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” Aristotle
“Your best self requires your whole self.” Dondeena Bradley
“The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.” Charles Alexandre de Calonne
“I am not afraid…I was born to do this.” Joan of Arc
Since when did doing something “like a girl” become an insult? That’s the question behind a new video from Always and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield, wherein men and women are asked to demonstrate what it means to do certain tasks”like a girl”. Their responses are silly and funny…until the same question is posited to little girls, and the stark contrast of their answers reveal that this is no laughing matter. To some adults, “like a girl” implies weakness, frailty, and ineptitude, whereas to quote one of the young girls from the video, running like a girl simply means “run fast as you can.” Clearly, something is going awry in the transition from girls to women in how we view ourselves and our abilities.
This video is part of #LikeAGirl, a campaign by Always to address the self-esteem crisis in young girls, which largely occurs during puberty when a girl’s self-confidence significantly decreases. Greenfield, the accomplished and award winning filmmaker behind The Queen of Versailles, Beauty CULTure, and Thin, was commissioned by Always to look at the social implications of “like a girl”, and to see how people’s connotations with the phrase changes with age. By taking what is a common schoolyard insult and turning it into something…