How I Got Here: Oprah's former Chief of Staff on the power of communication
What was your childhood career dream?
Lara’s childhood dream was to become a spy. Eric’s was to be a firefighter. It’s safe to say that neither of us succeeded in turning our dreams into reality.
But our latest guest on the show, Amy Weinblum, accomplished her childhood dream when she became Chief of Staff to none other than Oprah Winfrey for eight years.
In this episode, Amy tells us about:
Her commitment to figuring out what she really loves. In her case, the answer was TV, and she built her entire career off of it.
Why she believes that communication is the “single most important skill in life.” In fact, the way Amy tells her own story exemplifies the power of communication.
Her approach to networking across instead of networking up; Amy has found that the people who were her peers in the early parts of her career have been instrumental in helping her grow and succeed.
A mindset that motivates her: No matter what job she is doing, Amy believes and acts as if it is the most important job in the company.
Her views on the Chief of Staff role, which differed from our preconceived notions, and the three rules she set for herself during her first year as Oprah’s Chief of Staff: no changes, no social time, and no worrying about whether people liked her.
What questions do you have for us?
Let us know what questions you have for Eric and Lara about anything career-related or personal and you might just hear our answers in an upcoming episode!