Anna Wintour’s Top 10 Rules For Success
She’s a British journalist and editor she’s been editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988 she’s Anna Wintour and here is my take on her top 10 rules for success, rule number five is my personal favorite and I am curious to figure out which one you guys like the best.
I try to be decisive I try and even if I don’t know what the hell I’m doing I try to be decisive because I think it’s very comforting and reassuring and important to the people that work with you to feel that whoever is in charge knows what they’re doing and knows what they’re thinking and that if it’s a yes it’s a yes and it’s a no it’s a no.
I don’t think of myself as a boss I mean I I think of myself as someone who’s giving direction I think it’s healthy for everyone to lose a job as well as to gain a job I like people who represent the best of what they do and if that turns you into perfectionist and maybe I am I think the more you go out the more you see the more you experience life and more you bring back to your day job.
2. Don’t Highly Specialize
I also know career-wise how important it is not to be too highly specialized especially these days in the world of media. It is crucial to have multiple interests and skill sets to have tried and possibly failed and many different undertakings the young people that we hired today at Conde Nast are fearless polymaths hardworking and passionate creative and curious.
3. Accept Failure
Anna Wintour eventually joined Harper’s Bazaar US in 1976 she was fired.
They were very clear and that they thought that I would never understand the American market. I remember I was the editor on one shoot, a French fashion shows and I just decided that it would be interesting to have dreadlocks on the models and I think that that pushed them further than they could bear so that was that for me.I think it's always part of life to have some knocks as well as some successes and take risks Click To Tweet
I think it’s healthy for everyone to lose a job as well as to gain a job.
4. Avoid Mediocrity
Mediocrity is if you see a collection that you feel the designer has been lazy or taking inspiration from other designers it doesn’t seem so much as warm and anger me.
5. Be true to yourself
… I think it’s really to be true to yourself and listen as much to other people whose opinions you respect and look up to but in the end it has to come from from you and you you can’t really worry too much by looking to the left or the right about what the competition might be doing or other people in your field might be doing it has to be a true vision.
6. Always do your Best
I’m very driven by what I do I am certainly very competitive what else am I needy I’m probably very needy yes a bitch reflections perfectionist that’s right bitch vs me well I I hope I’m not I try not to be but I like people who represent the best of what they do and if that turns you into perfectionist and maybe I am.
7. Experience New things
I don’t make notes I don’t react very instinctively , I’m a great believer in traveling a great deal I don’t believe meetings more than two people in the meeting is too many for me, like stand-ups in Silicon Valley now when you have a meeting everybody stands in a circle like they’re meditating.
I was trying to say in my remarks I think the problem that big corporations have is that there are a lot of people of my age trying to hold on to their jobs and you know clinging onto their pensions and their retirement and they’re not experiencing new things and they don’t like change and they don’t like disruption so it’s either they don’t make a decision or they say no and as a result they stagnate.
So it’s terribly important to bring people in from the outside and not to remain too insular and also to hire as many young bright people to teach and think about things completely differently.
8. Have a Sense of Business
Well I think all of us at Vogue are always looking for talent and we’re also looking for someone who has a head on their shoulders and understand that being talented is obviously important but they also have have to have a sense of business and that being creative and commercial does are two words that can work together.
9. Enjoy what you do
it’s very important to me that I look good when I go out publicly I like looking at my clothes rack in the morning and deciding what to pick out I enjoy fashion, I mean I I wouldn’t be in this job if I didn’t.
10. Be a good leader
I think clarity is the most important one of the most important leadership qualities that one can have. I think it’s really important to be very specific and very clear on what you expect and then to delegate people, respond much better when they’re in a more independent environment and you’re not completely breathing down their neck all the time.
The other thing I think is incredibly important is to hire divas like Andre Leon Talley who will disagree with you and contradict you and not yes you all the time, not to be scared.
Iff there’s a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next leave in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do I’d also love to know which of anna’s top 10 rules had the biggest impact on you.