How to Not Give A Damn and 3 Other Takeaways from Cindy Gallop
As many of you may know, Cindy Gallop, the founder and former chair of Bartle Bogle Hegarty and founder of IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn, was invited to speak at an event earlier this week hosted by WPP shopper marketing agency, Geometry Global. The agency’s Executive Creative Director, Heidi Schoeneck, led the talk, which centered on promoting gender-equality in the industry. In case it is news to anyone, Cindy likes to call herself the “Michael Bay of business” for a reason, and a good one at that.
Cindy is known for providing powerful words of wisdom and provocative points of view that truly inspire a larger discussion among her audience. This was true of the crowd in the theater at Geometry. The audience was on the edge of their seats with eyes wide open, and hands were high when it came time for questions. Thanks to Cindy, we found some inspiration as well and we can’t wait to take these insights and apply them to our careers and our daily lives. Therefore, we wanted to share a little Thursday wisdom to take you through the rest of your week and into the weekend so you can #BlowShitUp (the hashtag for the event).
- Change happens from the bottom up, not the top down.It is micro-actions – small, baby steps – that bring the biggest amount of change.
- Say what you think. That is your value.Saying what you think is the biggest micro-action that you can take for success in business. Never be afraid to speak up, even if you are the most junior person in the room. Telling the truth is so endearing because so few people do.
- Be your own filter.If people respond poorly to how you feel and how you express yourself, then they’re not for you.
- Don’t give a damn. Fear of what other people think is the most paralyzing fear in business and in life. It’s important not to pay attention to what other people think of you. Your own sense of value is all that matters. Take a long hard look at yourself and identify what you believe in and what you value. That’s the key to work happiness–not what other people think of you.
For some more fun thoughts, interesting sound bites and/or photos from the talk, search #BlowingShitUp and follow @CindyGallop and @heidischoeneck on Twitter.
By The Hit Board