4 Things I learned This Weekend

Hi there! I hope you enjoyed your free day off today. I’ve been up and about since 7am trying to get some things done as I’m traveling for work tomorrow. It’s 7:30pm now and thought it was the right time to write something up for you. During the weekends, I catch up with books, articles, tv shows and podcasts that I normally don’t have time for during the week and they leave me totally inspired and motivated so… I want to share with you, the things I learned this weekend. Here we go! 

1. Revlon has a new CEO and it’s a girl: Debra Perelman 

  • Revlon was founded by was founded in 1932 by brothers Charles and Joseph Revson and this is first time in it’s history a woman is taking charge. Yay! Here’s a little of what Debra will be busy working at as the new CEO of Revlon. 
  • “If you look at the team that we have assembled over the past couple of months, it’s a team that is really driving toward the digital transformation of the company, which will enable us to serve our customers better,” she says. Having “a conversation with the consumer, across all of our brands, is really necessary in the market today, in order to be a brand that stands out and is differentiated.” Find more here. 

2.New York Stock Exchange has a new President: Stacey Cunningham 

  • “I look forward to the day when a woman taking a job isn’t newsworthy, but we’re not quite there yet” 
  •  “Embrace Ambition”
  • “Find the spirit where you are willing to go and take over the world.” Watch her full interview, here

3.Listened to the most informative Girlboss podcast episode has had to date: Patty McCord on Hiring for success. 

  • Don’t call your team your family. That’s a lie – they could be your friends, but not your family. 
  • When you hire, don’t hire what the resume says – really drill down to how they go to where they are. The tone in which they speak, says more about the person you are about to put in your office than their “accomplishments”
  • Ready to buy her book, Powerful 
  • Listen to entire interview here

4.Started the book “Good To Great” and learned that there’s five levels of leaders

  1. Highly Capable Individual – makes productive contributions through talent, knowledge, skill, and good work habits. 
  2. Contributing Team Member – Contributes individual capabilities to the achievement of group objectives and works effectively with others. 
  3. Competent Manager – Organizes people and resources toward the effective and efficient pursuit of pre-determined objectives 
  4. Effective Leader – Catalyzes commitment to and vigorous pursuit of a clear and compelling vision, stimulating higher performance standards. 
  5. Level 5 Executive – Builds enduring greatness through a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will. 

Level 5 Executive is where you want to aim at. To be a level 5 executive, you need to be able to represent the first 4 types of leaders. So, what does the definition of level 5 executive mean? it means you are able to channel your ego needs away from yourself and into the larger goal of building a great company. It’s not that you can’t have an ego or self-interest; actually, level 5 executives are extremely ambitious BUT your ambition should be first and foremost for the institution, not yourself. 

Do you think you can do that? AH!! So much work to do.  Shop the book, here. 

And that’s it! Those are the 4 things I learned this weekend. I don’t know about you but, I’m embracing ambition and taking it with me on my work trip tomorrow 🙂 

Hope you enjoyed these learnings! Let me know below what you think. 

xo Belen

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