Jo Gaines believes in making values based decisions. By approaching leadership with a blend of values, self-understanding and empathy, she stands out amongst other sales leaders.
Jo’s start in the workforce came by doing the jobs nobody else wanted to do.
She began by making white sauce at a neighbourhood café in her teenage years, eventually graduating to work at the local KFC. During her time at the fast food chain she taught herself to do every role. She wasn’t about to be limited to just the ‘girl’s roles’ in the front of house.
This unshakable work ethic has defined Jo’s impressive career. A career in which she has spent over 20 years working for, and with, technology and media companies. Think industry giants like CBS, Yahoo and Sensis.
Today, she is Area Vice President for Salesforce Cloud Sales, leading the company’s business development and marketing efforts.
But, before taking on the role of AVP, Jo had an important decision to make: Did this new role align with her personal values? The values of integrity, determination, and equality?
In our discussion Jo shares her approach to making values based decisions. She also shares how you can identify your own personal values, those at the very core of who you are. Her success as AVP is a testament to the power that defining and understanding your values can bring.
Jo’s been a huge personal inspiration to me. Her energy, personality and approach to leadership creates an environment where everyone feels empowered to pursue their wildest dreams. So, I was beyond excited to have her on The Females in Tech Show.
In this episode we cover:
- Jo Gaines career journey to Salesforce Cloud Sales AVP (7:36)
- Sexism that still happens today, the reasons behind it, and her advice to women who experience it (14:44)
- Values based decisions
- What is it? (19:09)
- How to handle FOMO whilst staying true to your values (26:32)
- Learn how to start saying no, and stop people pleasing (29:10)
- How to avoid projecting your values onto others, or judging them for having different values (33:26)
- Jo shares advice to all single mothers who want to have it all (36:45)
- And so much more!
- Jo Gaines on Twitter, and LinkedIn
- Jo Gaines Career Story
- Dr John Demartini Value Determination Quiz
- Brene Brown, Dare to Lead Values (PDF)
- Females in Tech Show, episode 20, Career path to CEO with Pip Marlow, Salesforce ANZ CEO
- Book, Misbehaving – The Making of Behavioral Economics, Richard Thaler (author)
- Book, Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, Richard Thaler (author)
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Absolutely brilliant!! I loved everything about this interview, very insightful and helpful for me on so many levels. Thank you !