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Four lessons from the top

Voco Team
Man standing at the top of a hill

As we all try to carve out our own road to success, sometimes it helps to take a look at the advice and lessons from those who’ve paved the way before us. Leaders like Richard Branson, Cynthia Marshall and Whitney Wolfe Herd have some lessons to help us become our best at what we do. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a manager, or an aspiring leader, their advice could  help you to develop the skills and mindset you need to succeed in the fast-paced and ever-changing world of business.

Maybe it’s the importance of investing in employee training and development, focusing on diversity and inclusion in the workplace or knowing when to leave and build something of your own; you are sure to find some inspiration for starting your journey to the top…

Read: In a Few Words, Sir Richard Branson Gave a Priceless Lesson On What Separates Great Leaders From the Pack

He might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but Richard Branson does have a few pearls of wisdom when it comes to business. His famous quote "train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don't want to" is pretty sound advice after all. Investing in employee training and development is a worthwhile long-term investment as it drives retention. Although it shouldn’t come as a surprise that being nice to those around you would make them want to stick around…

Read: Cancer, Discrimination and Toxic Culture: How the Dallas Mavericks CEO Beat Them All

Check out Cynthia Marshall’s, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, interview with TIME where she shares her journey to becoming the first Black female CEO in the NBA. Marshall discusses the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, the challenges she faced in her career and personal life, and offers advice to other women and people of colour looking to succeed in the business world. 

Listen: Whitney Wolfe Herd: Founder and CEO of Bumble on 9 to 5ish with theSkimm

Next, have a listen to theSkimm’s 9 to 5ish podcast, specifically their episode with Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd. She sits down with co-founders of theSkimm, Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg to discuss pioneering and building a female-focussed dating app, putting safety at the forefront, and why it’s good to fail. She left a toxic role at Tinder to build something of her own because she believed there was a better way to solve a problem - so maybe she can inspire you too!

Read: Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me This Sh*t Before?: Wit and Wisdom from Women in Business

Finally, this book is a professional woman’s bible, with letters from over 60 female leaders of multimillion dollar companies, entrepreneurs and everyone in between, all telling their funny and insightful stories whilst giving practical advice. It’s basically a one-stop shop for all the inspiration and wisdom successful women need.

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