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那些让精英成为精英的话

KATHERINE DUNN 2020年09月04日
40位40岁以下的商业精英曾经获得了什么重要建议。

从首席执行官到新闻记者再到政治家,今年《财富》全球40位40岁以下商业精英榜单上云集了各行各业不安于现状的卓越的创新者。为了进一步了解他们是如何走上成功之路的,我们请他们分享了一些对他们帮助颇深的职业建议,包括如何克服障碍,成长为更好的领导者。这些建议可能来自导师、老板和公众人物,也许最有用的还是来自他们的父母。

在压力下成长

凯瑟琳·柯里,31岁,币安网首席执行官

我在香港外汇交易大厅工作的第一年,老板在我的显示器上粘了一张便利贴,上面写着:“压力是一种特权。”这句话来自全球网坛顶尖选手比利·简·金。

这句话提醒我们,在很大的压力之下,能尽力为如此高的赌注而战本身就是一种荣誉。压力代表着即将做的事情值得奋斗,值得倾尽全力,大胆尝试。

关于放弃

迈克尔·卡普斯,31岁,Vitalk Health创始人兼首席执行官

我获得的最好建议来自成功的巴西企业家里卡多·伊柯达,在2017年,他是我的导师。当时,公司大概十几个人,我刚开始学习当首席执行官。里卡多注意到我一直在进行微观管理,我本人也承担了很大压力,于是他对我说:“身为首席执行官意味着,你要成为房间里最无能的人。”起初我完全不理解,我想:“无能?首席执行官必须了解公司的一切!”

然而随着时间推移,我才真正理解里卡多给予我的建议。身为首席执行官,我的目标是招揽很多优秀的人,帮他们发挥最大的潜力。如果我最终成为房间里最无能的人,就意味着我做得很好,说明我成功建立了一支比我强的高手队伍。从那以后,我改变了管理方式,放下很多自我,努力帮助员工成功,甚至不惜牺牲自身利益。多听,少说话。

来自父母的箴言

莫娜·查拉比,33岁,《卫报》驻美国数据编辑

我妈妈的建议是:“不要高看别人,也不要看低别人。”

卡洛琳娜·加西亚,35岁,Netflix原创系列总监

我父母总是说,“Toma el toro por las astas”,意思是“抓住公牛的角。”这样才能避免分析抓不住重点。

戈德-伊斯·里维拉,35岁,Twitter文化与社区全球总监

母亲给了我最好的职业建议。她十几岁便生下我,从营销公司接待员开始奋斗,最后成为营销行业的领导者,现在她跟全世界最大的一些品牌都合作过。

同时,她也是非常称职的母亲,从未错过我的独奏会或学校演出,而且在黑人女性几乎不受欢迎的领域里表现出色。

当我刚开始工作并遇到一些障碍时,我问她如何才能找到自信,在开会时坚持自己的想法。她说,要相信自己的想法和其他人的想法一样重要,因为“不是每个高层都能了解全面。”虽然这只是简单的感受,但让我铭记不忘。

突破障碍

嘉丽萨·华盛顿·普莱斯,31岁,iHeartMedia政治与宣传副总裁

“很多事情,你可能是第一个去做的。但不要最后一个做。”——卡玛拉·哈里斯

她经常对年轻女性,特别是有色人种女性下属说起这句话,提醒她们不能为了打破障碍而打破障碍,真正的目标应该是为身后追随的人们开辟出一条道路。

施瓦妮·斯洛亚,38岁,Tala首席执行官兼创始人

使我收益最深的职业建议来自老板伊娃·韦斯曼。当时我正在联合国人口基金会工作,刚到加纳参加为期四个月的研究项目,很快就得知打算研究的数据实际上并不存在,至少并不是分析师能理解的形式。

她告诉我:“想办法解决!”从那以后,我工作中一直坚持这种精神。

我知道她相信我,相信我有能力去解决这种似乎无法克服的挑战。我的解决方案是通过把自己变成一个行走的会计软件来搭建数据。我去社区进行访谈和观察研究,记录下小微企业家的日常收入。我在加纳以及西非和撒哈拉以南非洲的经历,变成了创办Tala的动力,我也经常在团队成员遇到困难时,鼓励他们“想办法解决!”

玛格丽特·阿纳杜,38岁,高盛城市投资集团负责人

安吉拉·戴维斯引用了一句话:“你要表现得好像有可能彻底改变世界,而且要一直坚持。”这点至关重要,因为我们投资的社区面临非常复杂的挑战,而且其根源是数十年的不平等。

与他人合作

莉莉·彭,37岁,谷歌产品群经理

“信任不是一场零和游戏”,我在谷歌的导师菲尔·纳尔逊经常这么说。这种思维方式对解决医疗领域的问题特别有用,因为解决问题需要不同背景的人们组成团队进行合作。

大卫·罗吉尔,37岁,MasterClass联合创始人兼首席执行官

要跟那些与你想法不一样的人们一起工作。通常情况下,人们喜欢招聘那些认同或“天生适合”公司价值观的人。但如果抱有如此想法,往往会错过那些思想多元的人,他们会为了追求更好的结果提出异议,从不同的视角和专业知识出发进行讨论。要选择敢于表达异议的员工。

还有,“找个好的心理医生”——我的父亲(曾是离婚律师)。

威尔·艾哈迈德,30岁,WHOOP创始人兼首席执行官

“你应该听听大家都怎么说。”不记得谁对我这么说过,但这句话确实帮我从年轻的企业家成长为更称职的领导者。我刚创立WHOOP时,很多人都说我会失败,或者说我应该采用不同的方式,结果我竖起一堵墙,隔绝这些负面反馈。

采取认真倾听但并非一味听从的方法后,我便能承认不同的观点,并尝试更深入地理解别人的声音,又不必因为要按照别人说的做而承受负担。

回忆个人生活

马努·库马尔·杰恩,39岁,小米全球副总裁,小米印度董事总经理

我得到的最好建议来自我在麦肯锡的第一个老板——伊雷娜·维塔尔,是她把我招进了公司。她教会我重视工作和生活的平衡。

她告诉我,选择合适的生活伴侣是最重要的职业决定。一个人跟配偶相处的时间最多,要彼此分享各种起伏。如果选择了合适的伴侣,对方理解并支持你的抱负,几乎什么事都可以做成。

最后,坚持前进

凯特·约翰森,38岁,梅奥诊所国家政策和政府事务主管

“让自己有用。”我在中西部长大时,几乎每个人都这么说。

马修·A·切利,38岁,Cherry Lane Productions的作家、导演兼制片人

“持续创作,努力工作,美好的事就会发生。”我的经纪人莫妮卡·A·杨说(财富中文网)

从首席执行官到新闻记者再到政治家,今年《财富》全球40位40岁以下商业精英榜单上云集了各行各业不安于现状的卓越的创新者。为了进一步了解他们是如何走上成功之路的,我们请他们分享了一些对他们帮助颇深的职业建议,包括如何克服障碍,成长为更好的领导者。这些建议可能来自导师、老板和公众人物,也许最有用的还是来自他们的父母。

在压力下成长

凯瑟琳·柯里,31岁,币安网首席执行官

我在香港外汇交易大厅工作的第一年,老板在我的显示器上粘了一张便利贴,上面写着:“压力是一种特权。”这句话来自全球网坛顶尖选手比利·简·金。

这句话提醒我们,在很大的压力之下,能尽力为如此高的赌注而战本身就是一种荣誉。压力代表着即将做的事情值得奋斗,值得倾尽全力,大胆尝试。

关于放弃

迈克尔·卡普斯,31岁,Vitalk Health创始人兼首席执行官

我获得的最好建议来自成功的巴西企业家里卡多·伊柯达,在2017年,他是我的导师。当时,公司大概十几个人,我刚开始学习当首席执行官。里卡多注意到我一直在进行微观管理,我本人也承担了很大压力,于是他对我说:“身为首席执行官意味着,你要成为房间里最无能的人。”起初我完全不理解,我想:“无能?首席执行官必须了解公司的一切!”

然而随着时间推移,我才真正理解里卡多给予我的建议。身为首席执行官,我的目标是招揽很多优秀的人,帮他们发挥最大的潜力。如果我最终成为房间里最无能的人,就意味着我做得很好,说明我成功建立了一支比我强的高手队伍。从那以后,我改变了管理方式,放下很多自我,努力帮助员工成功,甚至不惜牺牲自身利益。多听,少说话。

来自父母的箴言

莫娜·查拉比,33岁,《卫报》驻美国数据编辑

我妈妈的建议是:“不要高看别人,也不要看低别人。”

卡洛琳娜·加西亚,35岁,Netflix原创系列总监

我父母总是说,“Toma el toro por las astas”,意思是“抓住公牛的角。”这样才能避免分析抓不住重点。

戈德-伊斯·里维拉,35岁,Twitter文化与社区全球总监

母亲给了我最好的职业建议。她十几岁便生下我,从营销公司接待员开始奋斗,最后成为营销行业的领导者,现在她跟全世界最大的一些品牌都合作过。

同时,她也是非常称职的母亲,从未错过我的独奏会或学校演出,而且在黑人女性几乎不受欢迎的领域里表现出色。

当我刚开始工作并遇到一些障碍时,我问她如何才能找到自信,在开会时坚持自己的想法。她说,要相信自己的想法和其他人的想法一样重要,因为“不是每个高层都能了解全面。”虽然这只是简单的感受,但让我铭记不忘。

突破障碍

嘉丽萨·华盛顿·普莱斯,31岁,iHeartMedia政治与宣传副总裁

“很多事情,你可能是第一个去做的。但不要最后一个做。”——卡玛拉·哈里斯

她经常对年轻女性,特别是有色人种女性下属说起这句话,提醒她们不能为了打破障碍而打破障碍,真正的目标应该是为身后追随的人们开辟出一条道路。

施瓦妮·斯洛亚,38岁,Tala首席执行官兼创始人

使我收益最深的职业建议来自老板伊娃·韦斯曼。当时我正在联合国人口基金会工作,刚到加纳参加为期四个月的研究项目,很快就得知打算研究的数据实际上并不存在,至少并不是分析师能理解的形式。

她告诉我:“想办法解决!”从那以后,我工作中一直坚持这种精神。

我知道她相信我,相信我有能力去解决这种似乎无法克服的挑战。我的解决方案是通过把自己变成一个行走的会计软件来搭建数据。我去社区进行访谈和观察研究,记录下小微企业家的日常收入。我在加纳以及西非和撒哈拉以南非洲的经历,变成了创办Tala的动力,我也经常在团队成员遇到困难时,鼓励他们“想办法解决!”

玛格丽特·阿纳杜,38岁,高盛城市投资集团负责人

安吉拉·戴维斯引用了一句话:“你要表现得好像有可能彻底改变世界,而且要一直坚持。”这点至关重要,因为我们投资的社区面临非常复杂的挑战,而且其根源是数十年的不平等。

与他人合作

莉莉·彭,37岁,谷歌产品群经理

“信任不是一场零和游戏”,我在谷歌的导师菲尔·纳尔逊经常这么说。这种思维方式对解决医疗领域的问题特别有用,因为解决问题需要不同背景的人们组成团队进行合作。

大卫·罗吉尔,37岁,MasterClass联合创始人兼首席执行官

要跟那些与你想法不一样的人们一起工作。通常情况下,人们喜欢招聘那些认同或“天生适合”公司价值观的人。但如果抱有如此想法,往往会错过那些思想多元的人,他们会为了追求更好的结果提出异议,从不同的视角和专业知识出发进行讨论。要选择敢于表达异议的员工。

还有,“找个好的心理医生”——我的父亲(曾是离婚律师)。

威尔·艾哈迈德,30岁,WHOOP创始人兼首席执行官

“你应该听听大家都怎么说。”不记得谁对我这么说过,但这句话确实帮我从年轻的企业家成长为更称职的领导者。我刚创立WHOOP时,很多人都说我会失败,或者说我应该采用不同的方式,结果我竖起一堵墙,隔绝这些负面反馈。

采取认真倾听但并非一味听从的方法后,我便能承认不同的观点,并尝试更深入地理解别人的声音,又不必因为要按照别人说的做而承受负担。

回忆个人生活

马努·库马尔·杰恩,39岁,小米全球副总裁,小米印度董事总经理

我得到的最好建议来自我在麦肯锡的第一个老板——伊雷娜·维塔尔,是她把我招进了公司。她教会我重视工作和生活的平衡。

她告诉我,选择合适的生活伴侣是最重要的职业决定。一个人跟配偶相处的时间最多,要彼此分享各种起伏。如果选择了合适的伴侣,对方理解并支持你的抱负,几乎什么事都可以做成。

最后,坚持前进

凯特·约翰森,38岁,梅奥诊所国家政策和政府事务主管

“让自己有用。”我在中西部长大时,几乎每个人都这么说。

马修·A·切利,38岁,Cherry Lane Productions的作家、导演兼制片人

“持续创作,努力工作,美好的事就会发生。”我的经纪人莫妮卡·A·杨说(财富中文网)

From CEOs to journalists to politicians, this year's class of Fortune’s 40 Under 40 is an incredible group of innovators who refuse to rest on their laurels. To get a little bit of that magic combination of determination and foresight, we asked them to tell us the best career advice they ever got. They shared tips on everything from pushing through obstacles to being a better leader that came from mentors, bosses, public figures, and—perhaps most useful of all—mom and dad.

On thriving under pressure...

Catherine Coley, 31, CEO at Binance.US

In my first year on the FX trading floor in Hong Kong, my boss slapped a Post-it on my computer monitor: “Pressure is a privilege,” a quote from the No. 1 in the world tennis player, Billie Jean King.

It’s a reminder that when the pressure is on, it is an honor to compete for such high stakes. Pressure is the greatest indicator that what you’re about to do next is worth the fight, worth giving your all, worth going for it big.

On letting go...

Michael Kapps, 31, founder & CEO at Vitalk Health

The best advice I received was from Ricardo Ikeda, a successful Brazilian entrepreneur who was a mentor of mine in 2017. At the time, our company had about a dozen people or so, and I was just learning how to play the part of CEO. Ricardo, upon noticing my incessant micromanagement and stress, said, “As a CEO, you need to be the most incompetent person in the room.” At first this made no sense to me. “Incompetent? A CEO must know everything about his/her company!” I thought.

However, over time, I grew to really appreciate Ricardo’s advice. My goal as a CEO must be to surround myself with great people and help them achieve their utmost potential. If I do end up being the most incompetent person in the room, then that means that I’ve done my job properly! It means that I’ve succeeded in building a killer team that is better than me. Since then, I took a completely different attitude to management. I let go of a lot of my ego, helped our employees succeed even at my expense, listened more, and talked less.

On listening to your parents...

Mona Chalabi, 33, data editor at Guardian US

Advice from my mom: “Don't look up to anyone and don't look down on anyone.”

Carolina Garcia, 35, director of original series at Netflix

My parents always say, “Toma el toro por las astas,” which means, “Grab the bull by the horns.” It helps cut through analysis paralysis!

God-is Rivera, 35, global director, culture & community at Twitter

Hands down the best career advice I ever received was from my mother. My mother was a teenage mom who started as a receptionist in a marketing firm and fought her way to becoming a successful proven leader in the marketing industry who has now worked with some of the world’s biggest brands.

She did all of this while balancing being an incredible mother to me who never missed a recital or school play and while existing and excelling as a Black woman in a field that was hardly welcoming. When I first started my career and started to hit a few roadblocks myself, I asked her how she found the confidence to stand up in meetings and fight for her ideas. She told me the answer was simple: She knew that her ideas mattered as much as anyone else’s because “not everyone at the top has it all figured out.” It’s a simple sentiment but one that stuck with me forever.

On breaking through obstacles...

Jalisa Washington-Price, 31, VP, political & advocacy at iHeartMedia

“You may be the first to do many things, but make sure you are not the last.” —Kamala Harris

She repeats this to young women and especially women of color who work for her as a reminder that we break barriers not for the sake of breaking them, but to continue to forge a path for all the people who will follow behind us.

Shivani Siroya, 38, CEO & founder at Tala

The best career advice I ever received came from my boss, Eva Weissman, when I was working at the United Nations Population Fund. I’d just arrived in Ghana for a four-month research project and learned quickly that the data I’d intended to study didn’t actually exist—at least in the digestible form that analysts need! She told me, “Figure it out!” And that has been my ethos ever since.

I knew she believed in me and in my ability to find a solution to what seemed like an insurmountable challenge. My solution was to build the data by becoming a walking QuickBooks. Through interviews and observational studies in these communities, I documented the daily income flows for micro-entrepreneurs. That time spent in Ghana and across West and sub-Saharan Africa became my catalyst for starting Tala, and I regularly encourage my team members to take on a “figure it out!” mindset.

Margaret Anadu, 38, head of the urban investment group at Goldman Sachs

The Angela Davis quote, “You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time,” has been crucial given so much of the challenges facing the neighborhoods we invest in are incredibly complex and rooted in decades of injustice.

On working with others...

Lily Peng, 37, group product manager at Google

“Credit is not a zero-sum game” is a saying that Phil Nelson, one of my mentors at Google, often uses. This mindset has been particularly useful tackling problems in health care, where solutions require folks from a range of backgrounds all working together as one team.

David Rogier, 37, cofounder and CEO, MasterClass

Surround yourself with people who think differently than you. Often times, people hire the person who is the most complimentary or a “natural fit” within the organization. But with that thinking, you often miss out on diversity of thought—people who challenge you for the good and come to the table with different perspectives and expertise. Go for the non-consensus hires.

And, “get a good therapist”—my father (and former divorce lawyer).

Will Ahmed, 30, founder and CEO of WHOOP

“You should hear what everyone says. You don't have to listen to them.” I don't remember specifically who said this to me, but it helped me evolve from a young entrepreneur to a better leader. When I started WHOOP a lot of people told me I was going to fail or that I should try to build the business differently, and, as a result, I put up a wall toward negative feedback.

This insight of hearing but not always listening allowed me to acknowledge different points of view and try to better understand them without feeling the burden of just doing what people told me.

On remembering your personal life...

Manu Kumar Jain, 39, global vice president, Xiaomi, and managing director, Xiaomi India

The best advice I ever received was from my first boss at McKinsey & Company, Ireena Vittal, who also recruited me into the firm. She taught me the importance of having harmony in [your] personal and professional lives.

She told me that choosing the right spouse/life partner is the most important professional decision that one can make. One spends the most amount of time with the spouse and shares all ups and downs with him/her. If you choose the right life partner, who understands and supports your aspirations, you can achieve almost anything in life.

And finally, just keep moving ...

Kate Johansen, 38, director of state policy and government engagement at the Mayo Clinic

“Make yourself useful.” —Everybody I ever met growing up in the Midwest

Matthew A. Cherry, 38, writer, director, and producer at Cherry Lane Productions

“Keep creating. Focus on the work and good things will happen.” —My manager Monica A. Young

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