Follow Taylor Swift
Fortune just released its World’s Greatest Leaders list and you’ll never believe which woman ranked the highest. Well, maybe you will if you believe a good leader writes catchy songs about their exes, knows the power of a strong girl gang, and really, really likes cats. That’s right. Taylor “Shake It Off” Swift is the top-ranking woman on the list. This means she beat out Hillary Clinton, Meg Whitman, and Sheryl Sandberg. Yes, the girl can write a fabulously catchy pop song and can orchestrate a really great Instagram pic, but world’s greatest leader? Well, Fortune does make the point that she has incredible brand power and can sell albums like it ain’t no thang. They wrote, “And she’s done it without resorting to dumbed-down salacious gimmickry. (Swift, ahem, is arguably the anti–Miley Cyrus.) With 1989, the top-selling album in 2014, Swift’s efforts to ensure she gets paid for her music could have a huge ripple effect on the way artists are compensated in an era of free streaming.” Plus she survived dating John Mayer so yeah, this makes sense. Here are some ways to be seen as a leader.
Where Are All the Entrepreneurs?
During the height of the most recent recession many jobless people decided to go out, start companies, and it worked. The companies that came out of those years include Uber, Airbnb, and a little thing called Pinterest. But even though it seems like a new company is starting everyday, that really isn’t the case. According to a new survey of unemployed managers and executives by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., 5.1 percent of these job seekers started companies last year, down slightly from the year before, and a major decline from 2009, when 9 percent of such job-seekers ventured out on their own. It dropped to its lowest point (3 percent) in 2011, then went up a little in 2013 before falling again last year. So why is this happening? Well, first of all there are just less job seekers (which is good) but also people are just more risk averse. Plus, companies are offering some pretty perks these days. Here are five lessons from female entrepreneurs.
Hollywood High Rollers
Big day for ranking women. The Hollywood Reporter just released its list of the highest paid actors and women fared relatively well. Robert Downey Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio, Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, and Matt Damon are all members of the $20 million club. That means 33 percent of women account for this list. Plus, Melissa McCarthy and Jennifer Lawrence made it in at the $15 million-plus range. Way to go girls! Here’s what Sandra Bullock would tell her high school self.
The Wolfe Pack
Whitney Wolfe may have figured out how to make a feminist dating app. We all know many dating apps give a lot of women of trouble. Yes, your online dating horror stories make for great happy hour fodder, but sometimes they’re downright offensive. But this 25-year-old former Tinder employee may change all that. With her new dating app, Bumble, Wolfe encourages the women to take control by requiring them to make the first move. No more dead-end ‘Where is this conversation going?’ matches. Wolfe told Racked that her ”Sadie Hawkins-inspired” app has already made more than a million matches since its official launch three months ago. Maybe it’s because this is more than just about dating. This is encouraging women to be bolder in general and speak up (just like they should at work). She told Racked, “There’s this unwritten rule that it’s not ladylike, or it’s wrong, or the guy should go first. The whole thing feels silly and outdated! Women are extremely independent in every facet of our lives, except dating. We wanted to encourage a confident connection. Making the first move, whether a woman is matching with a man or a woman, gives her a boost of confidence right off the bat.” Sounds good to us. Get the buzz on Bumble here and here are six apps to help you succeed at work.
A Very Frappy Birthday
Yes, you may be prepping for bikini season, but the Starbucks Frappuccino only turns 20 years old once. And Starbucks has really outdone itself with its Limited Edition Birthday Cake Frappuccino. Plus, McDonald’s stopped selling the Shamrock Shake and you still have a week until Easter candy time, so your blood sugar levels are probably way too low or, you know, normal. Plus, you’ll get an awesome Instagram pic out of it (but maybe diabetes) and that’s what counts.
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