Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The best advice I ever got - Lauren Zalaznick

The best advice I ever got. Where successful people were interviewed and asked what was the best advice they received from their mentors or business coaches and what advice they would like to share with people who may not be lucky enough to have mentors or life coaches in their lives.

Read about the best advice Lauren Zalaznick got in her life without having to pay for any motivational seminars or expensive management or leadership development courses!

Lauren Zalaznick
Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks, NBC Universal

Lauren Zalaznick - Pic from broadway.com

The words of wisdom:


The mentor that gave her the advice was Jeff Gaspin. It does not matter what you think or feel, if you keep hearing a certain piece of feedback repeatedly and consistently, do something about it. You may disagree with it, but the fact is you are being perceived that way.

She used to cut people off and made prompt decisions as she did not need more information from the people talking to her. She got the ideas quickly.
Jeff reminded her, not to cut people off even if she is often 10 steps ahead of people as she is very smart.
Jeff was right, she developed a softer touch and better relationships.

"You don’t have to agree with the other person, but you do need to make sure that you both understand why you disagree." 

I personally feel the advice is great in two ways!
1) Sometimes when we encounter certain piece of feedback, we put it down to being misunderstood or come up with some explanations and reasons why it is so. However, if the piece of advice keeps coming up, it really is time to LISTEN, take note of the feedback and DO something about it. It is not only how we feel but how we are perceived as well. 

2) Not cutting people off. You may have encountered it before, all excited about an idea or feedback and then getting cut off by the person you are talking to. Sure, sometimes they are more experienced or just plain smarter, but to be cut off does not motivate a person and it just makes it much harder for open communication or feedback.If you are the smart ones or more experienced and senior, keep it in mind!

About Lauren Zalaznick 
Lauren Zalaznick received her B.A. from Brown University -- a double major in English literature and pre-med -- and graduated magna
cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa

President of NBC Universal Women and Lifestyle Entertainment Networks since 2008, she oversees Bravo Media, Oxygen
Media, iVillage – the original online destination for women – and "Green is Universal," NBC Universal’s ongoing environmental
initiative, as well as "Healthy NBCU," NBC Universal’s health and wellness program. 
Zalaznick is co-chair of Peacock Equity, a joint investment fund of GE Capital's Media, Communications & Entertainment
business and NBC Universal. In addition, she chairs the Women@NBCU advisory board, comprised of senior executive women
across numerous industries, including the advertising, finance, fashion, digital, sports, media and entertainment businesses.
Zalaznick also sits on the Brown University Women's Leadership Council, as well as the Brown University Creative Arts
In 2009, Time magazine named Zalaznick one of the “The Time 100 World’s Most Influential people,” Vanity Fair
named her on their “New Establishment” list and Fortune included her in their “50 Most Powerful Women” issue.

Impressive profile?
And the profile of her mentor Jeff Gaspin? 
Even more impressive!
It pays to have a great mentor and coach.

Jeff Gaspin
Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment
Jeff Gaspin 
oversees all business, creative, production, distribution and marketing aspects of NBC Universal's wide-ranging entertainment television operations and
 was promoted to Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment in July 2009 

Among the businesses he's responsible for are NBC Entertainment; cable's top-rated USA Network and buzz-generating, growing channels Syfy, Bravo, Oxygen, Chiller, Sleuth, and Universal HD; Spanish language outlets Telemundo and Mun2; TV production companies Universal Media Studios and Universal Cable Productions; iVillage Networks, which is a key division within NBC Universal's Women and Lifestyle Entertainment Networks; and NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution, a leader in providing entertainment programming to the domestic and international marketplaces.

Further, Gaspin oversees NBC Universal TV Networks Distribution, which drives the company's multichannel video platform distribution, marketing and local ad sales for the top-rated cable portfolio of 16 networks. A key revenue generator, the division oversees the distribution of the Olympics on cable; retransmission consent for NBC and Telemundo owned stations; and NBC Universal's content delivery on broadband, linear and set-top box platforms with services that include video-on-demand, pay-per-view and set-top box interactive features. Gaspin also is charged with running NBC Universal Digital Distribution, which drives the company's North American distribution of content across the Internet, wireless and other emerging platforms, and leads content strategy and development for offerings that include video on demand (VOD), electronic-sell-through (EST), interactive television, and wireless products and services.
The cable entertainment group experienced dynamic change under Gaspin's leadership. In 2007, the group acquired Oxygen, and in 2008, sold its interest in the Sundance Channel and established the Universal Cable Productions television studio, further bolstering the company's commitment to a strong cable portfolio. Each channel broke ratings records in 2009 and revenues and profits have exhibited double-digit growth under Gaspin's watch. 

Gaspin started his career at NBC in finance, and served as Director of Financial Planning for NBC News, overseeing production finance for "Late Night with David Letterman" and "Saturday Night Live," as well as for NBC's TV stations division. 

Gaspin holds an M.B.A. in strategic planning from the New York University Graduate School of Business Administration and B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Karen, their sons, Max and Ben, and their daughter, Samantha. 

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