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Creative Connections With Rachel Matthews

Feb 16, 2020

This week's episode is with Sally Page of Blinkist and Brave v Perfect. Blinkist is a Berlin-based company the offers a new kind of book subscription service, they summarise best-selling non-fiction books into 15-minute reads. So, if you're like me and totally obsessed with learning and want to optimise your free time, check them out!
Alongside Sally's role at Blinkist, she runs her own company, Brave v Perfect that is all centred around 1-2-1 coaching and workshops. She works with companies, founders and driven individuals to focus on leadership and commercial mindset.
Sally has been on a path of challenging the leader stereotype and helps others do the same. She advocates that you need an open mind, sense of fun and an interest in others to be an impactful leader.
Her Career
In this episode, we chat through her career, from her time at Audible (before it was a well-established name) on the UK senior management team to her multiple roles at Hoxby (including the MD of Future-Proofing) to her latest role in publishing partnerships at Blinkist.
From Zero Interest to Millions of Pounds
She went from nobody answering her calls when she started at Audible to driving the digital revenue for the big publishing houses making millions of pounds and forming genuine partnerships with the likes of Pottermore.
She also shares her milestone moment for when she realised that audio was no longer considered old-fashioned when they bought the audio rights to Bill Bryson's latest book direct from the agent rather than the publisher.
"Becoming a Parent Supercharged my Career"
Sally has been challenging the mindset of parenthood being a burden on her career, having written on the topic for Blinkist Magazine - How Becoming a Parent Supercharged my Career. She truly believes in the untapped commercial value in the workplace of the parents' skillset developed by raising children and that it's a reason to have confidence when returning to work after leave.
Identify Your Leadership Qualities and the Future of Work
She tells me how to recognise your own leadership qualities, how to ask for flexible working after time away from work and we discuss how the future of work is intrinsically linked to trust.
I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I loved chatting to Sally, and if you do, I'd be forever grateful if you'd take a moment to rate, review and subscribe as it helps me grow the podcast.