Sunday, January 17

Keeping It All Together

Sheryl Sandberg is the author of Lean In and of Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. Here are her top tricks for keeping it all together:
  • What time do you go to bed and wake up? I sleep from 10:30 or 11pm until 5:30 or 6am. I try to get seven hours of sleep every night. 
  • Give us your top life-organizing strategy. I always have a notebook. I’m such a geek. People think I’m crazy - I’m the only one at Facebook with a notebook! 
  • How do you control email overload? My motto is ‘Done is better than perfect.’ I try to do it quickly. I think people really appreciate fast answers. 
  • Best everyday work advice? Have someone who praises you publicly. It’s hard for women to praise themselves, but I can say, “What Andrea did is amazing!” 
  • What are your rules for making your home life sane? We don’t have phones at meals. And my husband and I try not to travel at the same time. 
[Article in Glamour, photo from Vogue]

Saturday, January 2

Charming Career Advice

Charm is one of the most underutilized weapons in business. Because people are drawn to it. And it’s free! 
Charm makes people want to do business with you. Women have to be smart and hardworking to get ahead. But a dose of charisma always helps; people like happy people. 
I read a memoir by Howard Schultz [CEO of Starbucks], and he only ever hired happy people. There’s enough drama in the world without coming to work and being a burden on everybody. 
In sales, we have a saying: “Teeth make smiles, and smiles make sales.” 
I genuinely believe that happy people sell more, and work harder, because they love what they do. I have so much fun!
If you’re trying to achieve perfection, the reality is that perfection doesn’t exist. So we each need to find our own recipe for success. 
Organization is key - I am a great believer in lists. 
Life runs more smoothly with the five p’s - Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. 
Be Bold, BB, is another one. Bold is better than being ignored. 
- Marigay McKee, new president of Saks Fifth Avenue - 

Monday, December 21

LC's 1st Year

If the first year of marriage is supposed to be rocky, Lauren Conrad hasn’t noticed. 
“It’s funny, everyone is like, ‘Is it different?’ I feel like I’m disappointing them. The only difference is, there is more of a sense of family. You solidified the fact that you are partners in life.” 
The only other difference has less to do with them and everything to do with other people. 
“The second you get married, people think it’s okay to ask if you’re pregnant!” she says. “It’s kind of a rude question - I would never ask one of my friends if she was pregnant.” To clarify… she is not: “I mean, we’re still very new, and we’re very content.”
The couple plays to each other’s strengths. 
“He’s much more organized than me,” she says. “He knows how to fix everything, which is crazy to me because I can’t even work our remote. I just push all the buttons and hit it. But he’ll organize my computer and be like, “I updated your software.” 
She swoons. 
“I’m like, ‘I have the most romantic husband in the world.I didn’t even ask you to do that!’ It’s nice to be taken care of sometimes - not in a dependent way but just doing nice things for each other without being asked.” 
(Adapted from Cosmopolitan article)