Sarah Robb O’Hagan is now 40 years old-hence SRO 4.0- but instead of me having to apologize for mentioning that-number-we-do-not-speak-of (age), I will share with you her great achievements and advice.
For those who don’t know her, she is: “Former President of Gatorade. Incoming President of Equinox. Wife and Mum of team Robb O’Hagan. Proud Kiwi American. Energized by my kids, inspired by my work.” (taken from her twitter account). Simply put, she’s awesome.
With years of experience in sports under her belt, you can imagine the wealth of information she shared with us, young professional women, during her keynote speech Saturday morning, September 29 at the Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business Intercollegiate Business Convention. She mentioned that she learned these lessons in business but they could easily be applied to life. Here are the highlights:
1) Know and play to your strengths. Your strengths are the things you’re good at and that you enjoy. They might be skills that came easily to you – or ones that you’ve developed over a whole lifetime. Knowing your strengths will help you find a good fit in work, relationships, etc.
2) Know when to pass the ball. Women especially are good at wanting to do it all themselves. You simply cannot do it all. It’s just inefficient and impossible. It’s ok to ask for help especially if you pay it forward.
3) Playing to win is better than playing not to lose. If you are on the defensive, try to be on the offensive, where you can present ideas and ultimately bring value. Always turn failures and missteps into opportunities.
4) Life is a team sport. Focus on your career- your own passion and purpose. Be your better self so that you can then help others. In her case, her mission was to help people achieve fitness goals so that they can then live better lives.
5)Don’t be afraid to change the game. Be very self aware at all times and know who you are so you can reinvent or explore untouched territory. Don’t be afraid to say no- be a disruptor and challenge what is expected. Get feedback and evolve to bring you one step closer to the highest point.
When it comes to taking any sort of advice, you have to remember it’s a bit like climbing the Berlin Wall. The hardest part is climbing over it but once you’re in, you’re in. Knowing/saying what you have to do is easy but actually doing it is the hard part. Once you get started and going, you’re set.
Hearing her speak, I couldn’t help but think she is really an example of authentic leadership.
To top off her speech, she was wearing such a cool blazer. Nice to know she commands the boardroom and stage in style!
SRO 4.0 was just the beginning of a jam packed day. Stay tuned for the rest of the weekend!
Don’t forget to be awesome.
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