This seems refreshing since we often read about women tackling this issue on a daily basis. It seems that men rarely get asked this question or they rarely talk about it so we tip our hats to the top executive’s ability to openly dish about a topic so many people struggle with daily. Read more
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Right on the heels of Mary Barra being named the next CEO of General Motors, data from the Pew Research Center may seem pretty darn shocking regarding goals of women to become top executives.
First, we have to say that we long for the day when it’s not even news for a woman to be named CEO of a car giant. But we digress.
According to research, some young women have no aspirations to work in the C-suite. As per the data, 34 percent of 18 to 32 year-old women said they don’t have any interest in becoming a boss. This is in comparison to 24 percent of guys in the same age bracket. Read more
Gabriel Shaoolian‘s success story is at once familiar and entirely unique. He moved to NYC in 2001 and set up his business with nothing but a laptop and some web design experience. Since then, his company, Blue Fountain Media, has generated over $2 billion in revenue by building sites for everyone from AT&T to AOL.
In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s Hey, How’d You Do That?, Shaoolian talks about how he went from a freelance web designer to CEO:
Describe the early days of your freelance life.
Well, let me tell you, and I’ll tell anyone out there. It’s crazy. You know, doing this without funding, you lose a lot of sleep, and you lose your life, really. The company becomes your life. It’s not easy. It’s not for someone who wants weekends and who wants vacations. I tell people that you go on vacation and you are still thinking about work every second of every day.
I had no idea what I was in for. I just wanted to build something small. But I realized that I can’t do everything on my own. If I want to do good work, I need team members that are specialized. As Blue Fountain Media grew, I started working on an infrastructure for the company.
To hear more about Shaoolian’s career, as well as his advice for freelancers and entrepreneurs, read: Hey, How’d You Build Profitable Websites For Brands Like AOL and AT&T, Gabriel Shaoolian?
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Jonathan Klein, the CEO of Getty Images, talked to The New York Times about leadership and hiring. Considering many of us rely on Getty Images to include photos with our stories, it’s interesting to note the executive was pretty candid about his initial background in…wait for it…investment banking! It seems like he had an entrepreneurial spirit all along which probably bode well for his current role.
Describing himself as a rebel early in life, Klein recalled challenging authorities. “It’s partially my personality and partially my upbringing. Because of growing up in South Africa, I associated authority with bad stuff. So whenever somebody told me to do something or not to do something, I would challenge it”
As for leadership, he recommended not sweating the small stuff.
“Anytime someone came to me to show me their work, I would critique it. I would almost behave like a schoolteacher — my mother was a teacher — and bring out the metaphorical red pen. And what I didn’t appreciate at the time is that before you mess around the edges, you’ve got to say to yourself, ‘Am I going to make this significantly better, or am I going to make it only 5 or 10 percent better?’ Because in fiddling over the small stuff, you take away all the empowerment. Basically it no longer becomes that person’s work. And after a while, those people get into the habit of giving you incomplete work, and then you have to do it for them.” Read more