As we encourage our girls to imagine their own most successful personal and professional adult selves, we must also give them the skills they need to advocate for themselves effectively and navigate the compromises that will have to be made, at work and at home, to thrive in multiple spheres of life. There is no magic wand to help them achieve work-life balance—particularly, as any mother who works outside the home will admit, the Zen-like picture of work-life balance that seems possible only in a Hollywood movie. Almost any life that our young girls imagine will come with natural tensions between the personal and the professional. As we talk about this reality more openly with young women, we also need to make sure they are prepared to navigate the difficult moments they’ll no doubt face. That will make it all the more critical for girls to ask for what they need in their personal lives, too. … [Read more...] about For the next generation of young women, your influence starts with your voice
When I was at LiveOps, I met with every new person the week they started, and we talked about values. I think that helped get us off to the right start. I’ve always also done “skip level” meetings with groups or individuals as a way to reach more people and hear what was really going on. I also did meetings with my direct reports—and their direct reports—to get a fuller picture of what was happening and build relationships throughout the organization. You may think that it’s impossible to be accessible to people when you have an organization of a certain size, or during a particular trying time that leaves you with little bandwidth, but great leaders show us otherwise. Throughout the pandemic, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has done an amazing job of connecting with 50,000 employees weekly through virtual all-hands meetings, which even includes many board members. He uses these opportunities to connect and cover current events, … [Read more...] about A CEO asks: Can I still form bonds with employees as the company grows?