Sometimes in life you just want to feel like you’re the shit.
You know the feeling. Like when you get someone a really thoughtful gift and their face changes into that “oh my god how did you know” look. On the outside you’re like “whatevs”, but on the inside you’re like ‘F**K YES I NAILED THAT.’
Or when you run into your ex and his new girlfriend, straight after you’ve had a blowdry and she’s probably a 5/10 and you’re a solid 7/10 but with Kate Middleton hair you’re an 8/10 or maybe nine.
Or when you bake a chocolate cake and it turns out awesome and everyone is like “You are the the tits. The actual tits.”
Impressing people is fun.
But how do you do it in the workplace?
Given that we’re all about to spend the next 40 years of our life working at least eight hours a day, that’s a LOT of time to spend at work. And there are two ways you can spend that time. You can slip into a funky slump, and just watch the clock for the next 40 years, or you can slay it.
I don’t want to tell you what to do with your life, but I reckon you should slay it.
Here’s a guide to what impresses powerful women, and other advice from women who kick arse on what impresses them.
1. Wake Up Early
Gail Kelly, the former Westpac CEO, only slept 4 hours a night. Longtime Vogue editor Anna Wintour is on the tennis court by 6am every morning to smash some balls before she even steps into the boardroom.
Starbucks’ President Michelle Gass wakes up at 4:30 every morning to go running. These women get a jump on the day. And now, you’re one of them too. And if you’re not, just lie about it. Schedule some tweets to go at 5:30am that say “Morning world! Just popping out for a quick 8k!”. Easy.
2. Be The Strong, Silent Type
Hillary Clinton said once in an interview that when you first start out in a job, to listen more than you talk. Then when you say something, people will really pay attention.
3. Ask questions.
Michelle Obama says putting yourself out there and asking questions is a great way to show you’re engaged and interested. She says ask all the questions, even if they’re stupid ones, because it shows that you’re “driven by curiosity”. And a curious worker is a good worker.
What she doesn’t mention is to be selective about the types of questions you ask. For example, asking your boss when the next smoko is, why there’s no God damn almond milk in the fridge, or how you can claim your iPhone 6 under “stationary” supplies is probably not that smart.