This week's episode is with Sally Page of Blinkist and Brave v Perfect. Blinkist is a Berlin-based company the offers a new kind of book subscription service, they summarise best-selling non-fiction books into 15-minute reads. So, if you're like me and totally obsessed with learning and want to optimise your free time, check them out!
Alongside Sally's role at Blinkist, she runs her own company, Brave v Perfect that is all centred around 1-2-1 coaching and workshops. She works with companies, founders and driven individuals to focus on leadership and commercial mindset.
Sally has been on a path of challenging the leader stereotype and helps others do the same. She advocates that you need an open mind, sense of fun and an interest in others to be an impactful leader.
In this episode, we chat through her career, from her time at Audible (before it was a well-established name) on the UK senior management team to her multiple roles at Hoxby (including the MD of Future-Proofing) to her latest role in publishing partnerships at Blinkist.
From Zero Interest to Millions of Pounds
She went from nobody answering her calls when she started at Audible to driving the digital revenue for the big publishing houses making millions of pounds and forming genuine partnerships with the likes of Pottermore.
She also shares her milestone moment for when she realised that audio was no longer considered old-fashioned when they bought the audio rights to Bill Bryson's latest book direct from the agent rather than the publisher.
"Becoming a Parent Supercharged my Career"
Sally has been challenging the mindset of parenthood being a burden on her career, having written on the topic for Blinkist Magazine - How Becoming a Parent Supercharged my Career. She truly believes in the untapped commercial value of parents' skillsets developed while raising kids and this is the reason to return to work after leave with confidence.
Identify Your Leadership Qualities and the Future of Work
She tells me how to recognise your own leadership qualities, how to ask for flexible working after time away from work and we discuss how the future of work is intrinsically linked to trust.
I'm coming to the end of series one of Creative Connections. It's been an absolute pleasure interviewing such ambitious and motivated people such as a Sally, and I will continue to release more episodes after a short break.
I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I loved chatting to Sally, and if you do, I'd be forever grateful if you'd take a moment to rate, review and subscribe as it helps me grow the podcast.
Have a creative week!