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Arianna Huffington, Maria Shriver, Jon Steinberg & More Media Folks Bestow Advice in Commencement Speeches

This time of year is full of such aspiration and hope, isn’t it? Thanks to college graduations there’s a little more magic and excitement in the air. And oh yeah, commencement speeches, too.

Well, as part of their influencer series, LinkedIn compiled excerpts from successful people (okay, more like moguls) this spring and we extracted relevant media professionals because every now and then it helps to get a boost of advice.

Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief at The Huffington Post Media Group stated:

“Commencement speakers are traditionally expected to tell graduates how to go out there and climb the ladder of success, but I want to ask you, instead, to redefine success. Because the world you are headed into desperately needs it. And because you are up to it…what I urge you to do is not just take your place at the top of the world, but to change the world. Read more

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Atlantic Records: When You’re Here, You’re Family.

In this interview with Atlantic Records’ chairwoman Julie Greenwald, NYT reporter Adam Bryant learns a lot about the working environment at the music label.

It sounds like a place that, depending on your personality, could be a dream job—or a nightmare.

On meetings: “I’m not afraid to call a meeting and shove 17 people into a tiny office. We look like a clown car. But you know what? It’s O.K. because that’s when you feel like, ‘All right, we’re this tightknit unit.’…
Sometimes I look around and I think, ‘Am I an idiot that I’ve got 50 people crammed into my office?’ But it’s so tight and we’re so on top of each other that you feel the ‘It’s us against the world, man.’”

On escalating issues to the boss instead of talking to the offender about them: “If you disagreed with someone and you were afraid to tell her, but you told me, I’d bring both of you into my office and make you talk about it. I did enough of that in the beginning that people understood that if they didn’t confront another person to their face, I will blow up.”

On hiring: “You want people who love going out at night, who want to be out with you. We go out every night together. You want to love these people. You want to hang out with them socially at night, because if you don’t, it’s going to be a bummer.”

On replacing underperformers: “I also constantly ask my senior team, every four to six months: ‘Do you have the best people underneath you? Do we really have people who are good enough to take your chair? And if not, let’s get rid of them.’”

At Greenwald’s first job where she was managing others: “I … outworked everybody. I was in that office at 8:30 in the morning. I didn’t leave that office till 11:30 at night. I outhustled everyone.”

A Boss That Believes In ‘Re-Recruiting’ Every Day

It’s possible that the The Limited president Linda Heasley is the awesomest boss ever.

In an interview with Adam Bryant of the New York Times, Heasley explains her employee retention strategy, which is: let them leave.

I encourage people: “Go out and find out what the market bears. You should do that and then come back and help me figure out what you need in your development that you’re not getting, because we owe you that.” I’ve been told by my associates that’s a countercultural approach to leadership: “You’re telling me to go look for another job?” But my point is that I should be able to re-recruit them. I should be able to get them convinced that this is the best opportunity for them. That’s my philosophy.

If it really is that great of a place to work, wow.

Of course, the company isn’t hiring anyone new in design or marketing right now…which might be explained by the lack of turnover, but just smacks of unfair.