How Entrepreneur and Media Mogul, Moira Forbes, says “No.” – #499

Moira Forbes is the executive vice president at Forbes Media where she is responsible for programming and branding for all the Forbes events worldwide. She is on Bulletproof Radio today to talk about executive leadership and about the various mindsets you need to be a high performer.

Today’s guest has been quoted as saying “Women are wielding influence and exerting power in new and unconventional ways” and in this podcast episode, we talk about the rise of women in leadership, the huge rise of women entrepreneurs, and how the [business] world is changing as a result. We also get into the challenges of saying “no,” learning to listen effectively in an age of social media echo-chambers and allowing yourself to outsource activities that don’t make you a better person.

Moira Forbes is the Executive Vice President at Forbes Media where she is responsible for programming and branding for all the Forbes events worldwide. She is the Publisher of ForbesWoman, which is dedicated to women in business and leadership. She also serves as a Forbes columnist, focusing on issues for career women and profiling women for Forbes Magazine’s List of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. So, she is what you would call a rather powerful person in media.

Moira is a guest on Bulletproof Radio because she is an expert in executive leadership and the various mindsets you need to be a high performer. Bulletproof Radio is all about digging into what it takes to perform better as a human being and I go out of my way to interview people who are doing big and unusual things – and Moira is one of those people.

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How Entrepreneur and Media Mogul Moira Forbes says “No.” – #499

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Moira on Twitter: @moiraforbes

Moira on Instagram: @moiraforbes

Forbes Women’s Summit

Show Notes

  • “It’s still something that I struggle with because sometimes it’s hard to say no. It’s uncomfortable. People are disappointed. You have to get very comfortable though with the fact that not everyone’s going to like you and that’s okay. Ultimately, you want people to respect you but even if they don’t, that’s okay, too.”
  • “From a very young age, I knew that I wanted to do something in business. I loved media and I think my parents thought it was a little bit strange for my seventh birthday, I actually asked for a cash register because I wanted to create stores. I thought, how amazing is it that you can buy and sell things and find a way to make money to do what you want.”
  • “So I grew up in a family where my father was in the vast minority. Even our dog was a girl, so he was highly outnumbered. Because the thought of being limited by gender never even crossed our minds because our parents really pushed us to explore the opportunities and passions that we had.”
  • “I think you really need to learn to listen and I think sometimes we’re a bit of living through a listening vacuum in this country where there’s so much noise. There’s so much conversation and people have very strong opinions. I think great leaders, in order to drive change today, you have to step back, you have to listen.”
  • “But traditionally, culturally, and some people would say biologically, women continue to be the primary caregivers of their children. You look at the statistics around the household work, the caring of the kids, and people will say, “Does your husband do a lot of work at home?” And they’ll be like, “Oh yeah. He’s a great dad. He chips in here.” As if it’s some fantastic thing that they spent an extra 20 minutes doing the laundry when you’re doing it six hours a week.”
  • “The other thing I learned about now that I’m a parent, is that everything is a phase. The good phases are a phase and the bad phases are a phase. Right now I’m at a point in my career where I have a one-year-old and a three-year-old. It’s a really demanding time in their lives. It’s a lot of block and tackle. It’s very physical. But it’s a moment in their lives.”
  • “If it’s not something you love to do, if it’s not something that adds tremendous value to your life, if it’s something that you can outsource, then do it because that allows you more time, more flexibility, more freedom to do the things that ultimately are going to have the greatest impact on your life, but you have to let that go.”

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