All in Be Curious / Unique
Joanna sees her fair share of tears. Tears due to miscommunication, misunderstanding, and missed opportunities. Tears because the definition of success is so wildly different from managers’ KPIs. Not being aligned on the personal KPIs is a path to disaster for both employee and manager.
You’re a manager in a company that has a job that needs to be done in the future, to solve a problem that no one can currently solve today. Yet the job description probably lists all the things prospects should have done in the past! The job description is WAY overdue for a makeover.
Don’t fear the networking event. It’s an opportunity to be an amazing friend and a terrible friend all in one evening. Be the best friend and you can spend the evening telling people why others are awesome. Be the worst friend and ditch those you came with. You might come out of an event with new friends! It’s called “networking” for a reason.
Are your NOW/NEAR/FUTURE numbers out of whack? Joanna suggests delegating to allow time for you to think about the future and build a trust bridge - a two-way street - with your team.
We’ve all heard the advice: Set achievable, measurable goals. Reward yourself along the way as motivation. But who decides on the reward? I know the simple answer is “You do.” I’m not sure that’s correct.
“The reason for my success was in doing 10% more. 10% more than anyone else, 10% more than anyone expected. 10% more.”
Joanna reminisces about advice from her grandfather about working smarter, solving problems, and going beyond what is expected. Just 10% more can make an enormous difference.
Joanna spoke about 3DLILA at TED2016 and was an “experience” at TED2018. She has a few words of insight and advice for those interested in being a TED speaker. Much of her advice follows her own philosophy: Be Brave, Be Curious, Be You.
Getting into trouble can be a good thing. Before you jump into said trouble, Joanna recommends buying into the people too, not just the idea. It might result in learning, growth, and awesomeness.
Joanna is curious again about mentorship. This time she explores the inconsistency in the definition and the difference between an advisor and mentor.
Joanna looks beyond the depressing numbers of female founders getting VC funding and asks journalists to delve deeper into the math. She wants more and clearer data surrounding the pitch to help other Ladybadasses. Joanna wants to make sure we’re providing the right help, not just help.
After reading several leadership articles, Joanna asks what kind of company is best to work for: A) The CEO who clearly believes his people come first but the product isn’t super sexy and maybe not “changing the world,” B) The company is cool as all get out but you might get kicked off the team if you’re not the “A” player they need anymore, or C) The company is enormous and complex, but in its size and complexity you might get the opportunity for a learning opportunity boost.
Recent news touts Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement that they’re changing the newsfeed algorithm to “.. focusing on helping you find relevant content to helping you have more meaningful social interactions," a focus, they say, on the community. The New York Times in an interview last Thursday dug a little deeper. Zuckerberg was quoted, “It’s important to me that when Max and August grow up that they feel like what their father built was good for the world,”
You know what else I noticed? Facebook’s stock plummeted 5% overnight.
Joanna accepted an invitation to a meeting with leading thought leaders that had no agenda and unknown participants. She left pleasantly surprised and came up with two lessons 1. Say yes to undefined opportunities & 2. We have language bubbles that keep the conversation within barriers. As usual, she offers you challenges: take risks and step into someone else's bespoke bubble to learn something new and amazing.
Joanna is concerned that women are not stepping up and becoming involved in emerging technology, specifically blockchain, AI, Machine Learning, etc. It isn't until the technology is more mainstream that we start to see more women in the room. The inclusion of a clear and leading feminine perspective is more critical than ever. Educate yourself and join the conversation.