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Lindsay & Debra Mann

Lindsay & Debra Mann

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Fierce Woman of the Week celebrates women who are claiming their power, redefining success and changing the world...inside and out.  This week we are delighted to feature a powerhouse duo: Lindsay and Debra Mann. Lindsay is an emerging leader at MTD Micro Molding and woman in STEM. Her success has been fuelled and celebrated by her mother, Debra Mann, a highly successful woman leader in the financial services industry. In the blog and audio download, Lindsay and Debra talk women in leadership, how mothers and daughters can best support each other, and why success isn't JUST about working hard.

What I do for work:  Lindsay: Director of Marketing at MTD Micro Molding.
Debra: AVP, Enterprise Contact Center at Mapfre Insurance.

Three words my friends would use to describe me:  Lindsay:  Funny, Honest, Compassionate
Debra:  Honest, Approachable, Funny

My vision of a perfect Saturday:  Lindsay:  Going for a nice nature walk with my dog, Zoey followed by relaxing by the pool and finishing up with dinner and a movie with my boyfriend. It’s the little things!
Debra:  Get up early, go shopping with a great friend or loved one, have a nice lunch and great conversation, and then go home and relax with my husband and dogs.

My top 3 personal or professional WINS from the last month:  Lindsay:  Completed planning 3 consecutive tradeshows for the month of September, survived first sales/marketing meeting as Director of Marketing, sparring with headgear for first time at boxing
Debra:  Fitting into that lower sized pair of pants that I haven’t seen in 5 years!    Breaking through a milestone in the workout that I haven’t done before (heavier weights/repetitions)!   Beating our all time monthly sales goal at work!

My 2-sentence definition of success:  Lindsay:  Doing "good" and making a difference in your organization. What makes people successful is being curious and listening.
Debra:  Being sincerely motivated to ‘do right’ and not ‘be right’.  There’s a big difference and it takes confidence and self-awareness to let that truly guide you.

The most courageous thing I did in the last year:  Lindsay:  Started boxing. I was nervous at first, but I really love it. It is surprisingly more of a mind game than a physical one.
Debra:  I went to the gym, hired a personal trainer, and started to work hard to get healthier.   I had never gone to a gym and was so out of shape it was pathetic.    I see the results of my hard work and sweat and I am so glad I have done this for myself.

The advice I would give to my younger self:  Lindsay: Don’t worry so much about what others think. You are smart and capable. Have confidence in and believe in yourself.
Debra: Trust your instincts sooner!   Others believed in me long before I did.    Find a great role model and mentor and learn from that person.

A book that changed my life:  Lindsay:  "Eating Animals" - by Jonathan Safran Foer. I read it 6 years ago and have not eaten meat since.
Debra:  While I wouldn’t say changed my life, but the book "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell was one that made an impact and is one I keep on my bookshelf in my office, and that I’ve recommended/loaned out to others multiple times.    The book talks about how you can make decisions/reach conclusions based on very little information, versus an abundance of careful planning.

What change are you working to create in your life, community or through your work:  L:  Become more of a leader at work by making measurable differences in my company. In my personal life, I am focusing on relaxing and enjoying myself.
D:  I am far closer to the end of my career than the beginning of it.   I am sincerely motivated and energized by mentoring and helping motivated people do their best work.   I still enjoy the work I do, and the people I get to do it with.   Work has always been a very important part of my life, and I like to share my experiences and counsel with high performers who are motivated to grow in their career.

My two-sentence definition of leadership:  Lindsay:  Get over yourself! The best leaders are proud but humble. To be a good leader, you must be a good listener and communicator.
Debra:  Leadership is putting yourself out there, being humble and a positive advocate and influence on others.   It is putting the needs and interests of the department and company before your own, and really demonstrating that through action in all you do.

The best career advice I ever received:  Lindsay:  Your primary loyalty is not to your boss or your company, but to your own career.   You are responsible for your career – don’t wait for it to be nurtured for you. My mom told me this.
Debra:  Fake it ‘til you make it!  (It is really true), and Get comfortable being uncomfortable (because you will always be asked to do something you’ve not done before).

The two most important strategies I have used to build my career:  Lindsay:  Be honest and fair & keep learning.
Debra: 1.  Be honest and sincere with everyone.    2.  No one wins if you only tell the ‘good news’.   3.  No matter what your title and position, don’t get too full of yourself.   4.  Get out of your office and talk to your team.

My most powerful self-care tool:  Lindsay:  Boxing
Debra:  Giving my all and working up a sweat with my Personal Trainer

The three people dead or alive, I'd most like to have join me for lunch:    Lindsay:  Beyonce – because… Beyonce!  My grandfather, whom I never met – I bet he would be just like my dad!  My grandmother – one last egg salad sandwich Monday lunch at her house would be amazing!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Debra:  Jack Welch, Judge Judy and Betheny Frankel   --- I am very drawn to successful, no-nonsense, well-spoken people and I think lunch with these three would be amazing.    The Lessons they could teach!

Where to find me online:  Lindsay:

Want to hear Debra & Lindsay's insights on leaning in, leading well and how mothers and daughters can best support each other? Click the button below to check out the full audio interview with Debra and Lindsay.

Posted Sep 24 2015 @ 1:03pm

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