Last month, the web was abuzz with the news that Marissa Mayer was hired to lead a struggling Yahoo! into the future.
Here’s some of their tips:
- Throw your hat in the ring.– You’ll never know if you can do something unless you try. So try. Mayer may not have the experience of a seasoned chief executive, but is it fair to say that just because she hasn’t done this job before that means she won’t succeed?
- Women need to network: “Women are kind of lacking of the good old boy network or the ability to leverage their peers,” says Robin Toft, president and CEO of Sanford Rose Associates – San Diego, the La Jolla, Calif.-based division of the international executive search firm. Toft’s office focuses on placing female executives in C-suite offices. “What I realize by working with them is that female CEOs don’t know each other and don’t leverage each other for best practices or intelligence or support.”
- Culture is paramount to any company: A successful company is only as good as the people who work for it and employees are only as successful as the company lets them be. Mayer was central to creating Google’s strong entrepreneurial and open culture, which the company places a very public focus on.