LinkedIn Influencers, a feature from LinkedIn that allows you to get access to some of the world's most influential leaders, is an awesome way to soak up career wisdom from people who have had major success themselves.
To get you started, we combed through and found 11 influencers whose wise words you don't want to miss out on, plus picked one of our all-time favorite pieces of their advice. Follow them all, then tell us: Which Influencers do you follow?
1. Sallie Krawcheck
Face time still matters. As the new kid on the block, I found it hard to achieve a camaraderie with the team; it’s hard to be part of the inside jokes when you’re not there or you aren’t having the few minutes swapping stories while grabbing a coffee between meetings. I was never part of the meetings-before-the-meeting, or the meetings-after-the-meeting, or the 'real' meeting; I was just part of the official meeting (which in some companies can be the least important meeting of them all). And, no, Telepresence and all the other technology didn’t help a bit with this."
2. Jon Steinberg
The process of negotiating and hiring someone is a microcosm of what your working relationship with them will be. If you are having fun and like the cadence of hiring and negotiating with someone you are recruiting, you will love working with them. If you find the person slow to respond, uninspired in their responses and ideas, or unpleasant in negotiations, let me assure you: It never gets better. In courtship, you see the best of the person. In negotiation, you see how the person works and competes. In sample work, you see the best of how the person problem solves and ideates."
3. Arianna Huffington
I'm a major sleep evangelist. The Huffington Post's office in New York sports two nap rooms: At the beginning our reporters, editors, and engineers were reluctant to use them, afraid that people might think they're shirking their duties. We have to change workplace culture so that it’s walking around drained and exhausted that’s stigmatized. I’m happy to say, our nap rooms are now always booked. Although the other day I was walking by and I saw two people walking out of one of the nap rooms. But, hey, whatever it takes to recharge. Just don't tell HR, ok?"
4. Daniel Rosensweig
You can’t just wait around for someone to offer up their time to mentor you. People don’t know they should be mentoring you. They will be flattered and honored if you seek them out and let them know why you chose them. Explain to them the problem you are trying to solve, how you want to define success, and why it’s a big enough issue to matter in your life and career. Engage them on why they would add value to your professional growth, and figure out the best way for them to do that with you—that’s your responsibility."
5. Nancy Lublin
The only way we learn and grow is when we're confronted with something unpredictable. At dosomething.org, we learn from failed product launches, for example. (People often talk about learning from failure.) But I think unpredictable speech also pushes people to think. This doesn't have to mean contrarian or vulgar language—but just a cliche-free, honest approach."
6. Cyrus Massoumi
It really all boils down to this: Too many entrepreneurs lose focus and strive for increasing complexity when, in fact, we should all be looking for ways to pare down initiatives and succeed in key areas."
7. Dr. Marla Gottschalk
Those who lead or manage others have the unique potential to serve as an energizing force within organizations today. With their position and collected experience, they have the ability to influence not only what transpires within our work lives, but how we process those moments. A leader's view of a challenging situation, including the psychological vantage point or 'mindset' they bring to bear upon a problem, can affect how we move forward."
8. Hunter Walk
I love when people quit their jobs. OK, that’s probably a bit strong. Let me clarify. I love when people leave a job because they’ve made an impact and want new challenges; or feel they could be accomplishing a greater number their goals somewhere else. But when these folks approach me for advice as to what to do next, there’s one question most haven’t asked themselves. And it’s a critical question. I don’t know how you decide without answering it first.
The question is: What are you optimizing for?"
9. Leah Busque
Any person dedicated to making an impact has likely been stalled under the weight of their own ambition or vision. It's part of what we deal with when we want to do big things in our professional, creative, or personal lives. Fortunately for those of us wondering how to tackle an enormous goal, this problem is also not a new one. There's an old bit of wisdom that sums it up well: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time."
10. Dave Kerpen
I knew what I didn't love, but I didn't know what exactly what I'd love yet. So I turned to the bestselling career book of all time, a book I've written about before because it changed my life. I read What Color Is Your Parachute, and it helped me identify not only what I'd love to do, but the organizations I'd love to work for. While I was reading and self-exploring, I took a job delivering pizzas to help pay the bills. (So, I guess there are actually two jobs not on my LinkedIn profile.)"
11. Kathryn Minshew
This weekend, you have my permission to take some time out for yourself at the park, on your patio, or at your favorite vacation spot. Once you're there, let yourself daydream about where your career might take you—three, five, even 10 years from now. Let your mind roam and think about all the possibilities: Do you want to head up your department? Have a leadership role at another company? Work in fashion, sports, or healthcare? Start your own business someday?
Don't necessarily think about what might be possible given your current skill set, experience, or situation—remember, this time is for dreaming, not for planning, and you'll want to give yourself time to really just daydream."
TopicsInspiring Women , Tools & Skills , Social Media , Break Room , LinkedIn , Syndication , Social Media & Blogging
As Social Media and Community Manager, Brooke is intrigued by (okay, obsessed with) all things social. She has been Musing since right after she graduated from Smith College, beginning first as an intern. When Brooke isn’t conjuring up new Tweets, she can be found trying out new foods, wishing she had a Boston Terrier, and Instagramming. Say hi on Twitter @beetorr.More from this Author