Last week saw International Women’s Day encourage women everywhere in the world. Campaign, as part of its week-long initiative invited Suki to share her advice she would give to a young Suki.
Suki wrote: I am committed to women’s leadership, equality and empowerment and I love to mentor women, particularly young female entrepreneurs. One question I am often asked is; “what advice would you give to your younger self?” As we celebrate International Women’s Day, these are my suggestions:
Understand your own super strength
At school you are taught to work hard at the things you don’t do well to become an ‘all rounded’ good person. Stop that! Understand what you do brilliantly and spend 90 per cent of your time honing that skill. Use the rest of the time to find people around you to fill in the gaps and learn a few general skills to keep you on track!
Do something new every day
As children, we’re naturally curious – it’s how we grow and learn – but by the time we start school that sense of wonder starts to escape. Make time for curiosity, try new things and make sure you plan and vision your world in the future – I like sticking pictures of my dreams and aspirations on the inside of my wardrobe! But whatever it is, make sure you try something new every day.
Only work with inspirational leaders
There is nothing like working for or learning from inspirational leaders. Historically, business used carrots and sticks to get performance out of people. Working with role models, mentors and chief executives can help us learn how to become leaders who can inspire performance in people (or not as the case may be!). Choose the people you work for just as carefully as you do the company and brands.
Hone your leadership skills at every opportunity
I love Ronan Dunne’s mantra. As a chief executive, he is ‘chief cheerleader and chief story teller’. It’s worth remembering this all through your life. No matter what level you are at, it will help motivate people around you and telling stories is a great skill to have.
Practice making decisions
Make small decisions on a regular basis so that when the big challenges come, you know how to be decisive. Role play the pros and cons. And embrace imperfect information. There are only a few times in your life when you make truly monumental decisions, but the more you practice, the more likely you are to get the outcome you want.
Work and live in a different country
I loved living and working in Asia – it was at times (and still is) infuriating, challenging and demanding. Our world is global: not only will you gain some of the best experiences of your life, you’ll also equip yourself with understanding what makes people really tick.
Almost everyone knows how to join an organisation, but very few know how to leave!
Be fearless – what’s the worst that can happen?
To be diagnosed with cancer once could seem unfortunate but twice seems rather careless! But both times it gave me enormous perspective on just how precious our life is. Too often I have not done things because I was afraid of the outcome, but in almost every instance the thought is always worse than the reality. What is the worst that can happen? If everything does goes wrong, you can always laugh about it with your girlfriends over a G&T and start again.
Please click here to read Suki’s opinion in full: http://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/advice-younger-self-suki-thompson-speaking-fearless/1386540