Life? Go for it, says NZME boss

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NZME chief ex­ec­u­tive Jane Hast­ings has straight­for­ward ad­vice for me­dia pro­fes­sion­als try­ing to strike the right bal­ance be­tween their per­sonal and pro­fes­sional lives.

“Give 150 per cent to all that you do, keep learn­ing new skills, be open to change and em­brace it, pri­ori­tise your roles in life and ac­cept that you can­not be ev­ery­thing to ev­ery­one all of the time,” Ms Hast­ings said.

Ms Hast­ings pro­vided an in­sight into her own pro­fes­sional jour­ney and ad­vice on how to get ahead in busi­ness and in life at the in­au­gu­ral in­dulge Speaker Col­lec­tive event held in Bay­park, near Mount Maun­ganui, New Zealand last month.

The Speaker Col­lec­tive fea­tured pre­sen­ta­tions by fe­male lead­ers in busi­ness, fi­nance, health and nu­tri­tion and was hosted by Week­end

Bay of Plenty Times’ life­style mag

azine in­dulge.

Ms Hast­ings has held a num­ber of ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions through­out her ca­reer and reached man­age­ment level po­si­tions while her chil­dren were still quite young.

She told a crowd of 400 at the Speaker Col­lec­tive that there were nu­mer­ous sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween be­ing a par­ent and be­ing a CEO.

“As a par­ent you want to help your chil­dren to be their per­sonal best, as a CEO you want the same for your em­ploy­ees,” she told The News­pa­per Works, re­flect­ing on her speech.

“As a CEO it is im­por­tant to set a clear di­rec­tion, trans­late that to an in­di­vid­ual level and recog­nise wins and act on un­der-per­for­mance. As a par­ent you need to set clear bound­aries, ex­plain these to them in a way that they can re­late to and re­ward good per­for­mance and act on bad be­hav­iour.”

Ms Hast­ings also out­lined her be­lief in the qual­ity of diver­sity.

“I have worked in many di­verse en­vi­ron­ments – par­tic­u­larly in Asia, and many en­vi­ron­ments that are on the jour­ney to em­brace diver­sity,” she said.

“For me diver­sity is about di­verse ages, eth­nic­i­ties, gen­der and ex­pe­ri­ences. The more di­verse the en­vi­ron­ment the harder it is to man­age the teams but the so­lu­tions gen­er­ated are bet­ter. Hav­ing di­verse think­ing to rep­re­sent your cus­tomer groups is log­i­cal.”

Other speak­ers at the Speak­ers Col­lec­tive were New Zealand’s re­tire­ment com­mis­sioner Dianne Maxwell, Healthy Food Guide Mag­a­zine nu­tri­tion­ist, Claire Turn­bull and three lo­cal fe­male en­trepreneurs.

Jane Hast­ings . . . keep learn­ing new skills

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