In this episode of The Boss School, I chat with my friend and overall boss makeup lady Bobbi Brown. Bobbi is probably best known for her work as a makeup artist and founding Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. While Bobbi no longer runs Bobbi Brown Cosmetics (she sold it a while back to Estée Lauder and played an active role in the company up until two years ago), she’s more involved in the business and makeup worlds now than ever.
Bobbi opened our conversation by talking about how the business world can be super intimidating. From how to talk to what to wear, being in business or running your own business can be difficult. That’s why Bobbi always says she values being comfortable and being yourself over trying to be someone else, in business or otherwise.
I always say I don’t believe in failure. If something doesn’t work it doesn’t mean you failed, it’s just a really good sign that you should do something else or do it differently. Click To Tweet
The bulk of our chat centered on how Bobbi has built such amazing teams throughout her career, and she dropped some awesome advice on how to hire well. When it comes to building your team, Bobbi said she always looks to find people who are good at what she’s not good at (even if it is hard to imagine Bobbi Brown not being good at something!).
She’s found quality hires in some unlikely people and places, too, from meeting her executive assistant when she needed help at an Apple store, to her creative and digital teams made up of recent college grads and individuals who worked in restaurants and bars to pay the bills. For Bobbi, it’s not always the “business savvy” person who gets hired, instead it’s the person she can talk with and who she can tell is comfortable in their own skin.Do what you’re good at, and if you’re not good at it, do what you’re interested in, that’s how you get better. Click To Tweet
Bobbi and I closed out the episode talking about finding that ever-elusive confidence. Bobbi’s known for being an advocate of simply being yourself to feel your best, whatever that looks like for you, and we discussed a few ways to find that joy—from carving out time to be active and drinking water to wearing clothes that make you feel good and getting enough sleep. Simply being yourself is something Bobbi believes translates to more confidence all around.
I hope you enjoyed my chat with the iconic Bobbi Brown and leave with a better understanding of what it takes to build a team you trust and gain that confidence that only comes from the joy found in being you.Life is actually simpler than people make it, and business should be simpler. Click To Tweet
- Finding people who are good at what you’re not good at.
- Not taking offense to your boss telling you the truth.
- Being open and honest to find that true work-life balance.
- Finding confidence through being comfortable and finding what works for you.
- Fitting in those things that bring you joy and make you a better version of yourself.
- Figuring out business decorum—how to dress and how to talk.
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