While corporate trailer blazer turned business owner Patty Azzarello and I were chatting after our recent Social Capitalist Skills Session, I asked her the question that I had run out of time for during the interview: Did her collaborative, relationship-centric leadership style – the secrets of which she shares in her book Rise: 3 Practical Steps for Advancing Your Career, Standing Out as a Leader, and Liking Your Life – strike her as a more female than male model for getting things done? While she acknowledged that women are hard-wired to communicate problems and find solutions in their social networks, she also laughed at the question: “The fact is that most of the tactics I share in Rise I learned from men.”
Whatever its origins, Patty’s social and collaborative approach happens to be widely heralded as the one best suited to the digital economy’s rapidly changing workplace – and workforce. As previous Social Capitalist guests John Hagel and John Seely Brown have written about in The Power of Pull, a strong internal network is key to leveraging informal learning. Nothing is more important to individual and corporate success in today’s constantly changing economy – so listen up!
You’ll hear more about Patty in the interview – and meanwhile here’s a few takeaways from the lessons she passed on, gleaned from a career that took her from Hewlett-Packard’s youngest GM to the head of a $1 billion software business to CEO at 38:
- Why “follow your passion” can be career – and soul – destroying advice, and what to do instead;
- The two-step personal branding secret that quickly established her husband as a superstar at his new company;
- How the world’s most respected executives make it seem like they know all the answers, even when they don’t.
Sara Grace is myGreenlight’s Program Director.