Exceptional Women of the World: Diana Tickell

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For Diana Tickell, chief executive officer at NABS – a support organization for the advertising and media industry – in London, she sees that success involves not only hard work but a lot of luck. However, one can make luck happen for them. Networks are also critical, and in Tickell’s career journey, she has had the fortune to build her network by working at board-level across the many challenges of leadership, including leading whole organizational change management. Tickell praises those who have helped her rise up professionally, and she counts learning experiences and feedback as ways to grow. She also knows that sometimes you have to take the difficult path to do the right thing. Being aware of the impact she has on other people is a must for her. “Some people call it your shadow. Some people call it ‘be a radiator, not a drain.’ But I think that I've learnt that over time you have to really, really watch this one when you're under pressure because your natural ability to be a radiator or to have sunlight rather than a shadow can actually be challenged when you're under pressure and other behaviors come out and you start to not talk to people,” she says. She believes that people need to volunteer and do something they haven’t done before to challenge themselves – she went to Sierra Leone to help a friend with a school. She thinks people like her that negotiate in their careers must see potential situations as ‘win-win’ for everyone to come out ahead. Overall, she thinks the wellbeing of the people in the industry is paramount, from physical and mental wellness to self-awareness, perceptions and positive relations all make for better work conditions and a better industry.

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