Sheryl Sandberg and other #girlcrushes

Who is your #girlcrush?

Actually, I have three:

Christine Lagarde: Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.

Sallie Krawchek: CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, and former CEO of Merrill Lynch

Sheryl Sandberg: COO of Facebook, author, and founder of LeanIn and Option B organisations.

I was honoured to attend a breakfast meeting this week with one of the local Lean In chapters who welcomed Sheryl Sandberg.

She is so, so impressive and inspiring.

So much great advice and tips she shared from a career perspective (e.g. “Have a short-term plan and a long-term dream”, “Think big!” I'll share more of these in other comms), as well as from the perspective of societal change (“Equality isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s good for you.”)

I came back totally on fire and more committed than ever to help women find their voice, set clear, healthy boundaries, so they can uncover their power and confidence to become impactful leaders and inspiring role models in their lives and careers.

Switched on LinkedIn and saw another inspiring article from my other #girlcrush, Christine Lagarde, speaking from the World Economic Forum’s Davos meeting about the advancement of women and their place in society... which I ‘liked’ and responded with a comment that included the phrase “Happy women mean happy societies.” One eloquent individual responded to my comment with,

“What a lot of baloney.”

BAM! Dropped from a height.

I didn’t respond (If he is not going to make an effort for intelligent discourse, my energy is better used elsewhere.) I get it. When you get visible and vocal, not everyone agrees. I’m OK with differing opinions.

Here’s where I was going with the statement, “Happy women mean happy societies.” It’s in the same vein as Sheryl Sandberg’s comment that equality is “good for you.” Studies have shown:

  • That men who support inclusion rise through the ranks quicker than those who don’t.

  • That companies with diverse boards perform better financially and are more innovative than those who don’t.

  • That children whose mothers work outside the home are better socially adjusted.

  • That women whose mothers work outside the home are more likely to hold positions of responsibility and earn higher wages.

  • That men whose mothers work outside the home are more likely to contribute to the household and spend more time caring for children.

Essentially, what makes a woman happy has the effect of making those around her happy or at least, more content. Women are the gatekeepers on relationships and they set the tone for them. They contribute significantly to social cohesion, social inclusion, and social empowerment which the World Economic Forum describe as factors leading to a happy and decent society.

And if that’s baloney, I’m a spicy sausage! :D


Children Benefit from Having a Working Mom, Carmen Nobel, Harvard Business School Newsroom

What Makes a Happy Society? Claire Wallace, World Economic Forum

Want different results? Do something radical!

I get it.

You're tired of things being the same - your life, your career. No matter what you do, nothing seems to change for the better. You're still stuck where you are - career flatlined; life requiring surgery.

Take a leaf out of the sporting book...

A lot of you may be blissfully unaware of a sporting victory that happened yesterday. The America's Cup is a yachting regatta of some 165 years old held every 4 years, amongst a few select countries, funded by the super-rich of the world. My native country people generally have a keen interest in the regatta because a) we're a country of no more than 5 million inhabitants who compete on a world stage at an elite level in an elite sport, b) we often win!

Overnight, Team New Zealand won the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda against the US team, Oracle. A proud Kiwi moment - as a Kiwi, and a keen yachtie, it's a happy day!

Why is this relevant to you and your life and career?

How Team New Zealand won is brilliant! While they used impeccable sailing skills to win, they won first by innovation. A yacht traditionally uses 'grinders', the guys who grind away with their massive shoulders on the winches to move the sails, help manoeuvre the boat, and make it go very fast. The team replaced these hulks with...

Cyclists. Yes, Olympic cyclists.

If you want different results, you must do things differently.

The team decided that they'd be able to manoeuvre the boat quicker by leveraging the massively powerful leg muscles of Olympic cyclists, instead of the shoulder muscles of Olympic rowers, as they have used in the past. It was innovative, risky, and it worked!

They chose innovation to achieve their result.

All this brings me to this:

If you want different results in your life and career, you must do things differently and take a risk.

To use one of my favourite quotes, often attributed to Einstein

The definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results.

So - what could you do differently to get different results in your life and career?

One step in the right direction to get different results: coaching.

If you want to try something different to get different results, let's discuss where you are now, where you'd like to be and what we can do differently to get you there. Apply for a call now.

Click to watch these amazing yachts - fast and furious on water!