Life? Go for it, says NZME boss
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
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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