7 3 11 Endurance on the Field

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Endurance on the Field, and at Work By ADAM BRYANT Published: July 2, 2011 Sign In to E-Mail   Print   Reprints   This interview with  Kathy Button Bell , vice president and chief marketing officer of Emerson,  the manufacturing and technology company in St. Louis, was conducted and condensed by  Adam Bryant .   Earl Wilson/The New York Times Kathy Button Bell is vice president and chief marketing officer at Emerson, the manufacturing and technology company in St. Louis. A sports background, she says, “makes you a good sharer” and more empathetic in the office. Corner Office Every Sunday, Adam Bryant talks with top executives about the challenges of leading and managing. In his new book,  " The Corner Office " (Times Books), he analyzes the broader lessons that emerge from his interviews with more than 70  leaders.  Excerpt » More ‘Corner Office’ Columns » Subscribe to Corner Office via RSS »   
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Q.  What were some important lessons you’ve learned through the years?   A.  I learned a lot being a commodities trader. Trading teaches you a lot of lessons.  It’s like  life, because things come and go really quickly, and really bad things and really great things  happen. I learned you have to get over the bad things quickly because you have to stay  present in the moment to make the next choice.   That lesson of getting over things, especially as a woman in business, is super-helpful, so you  don’t linger on things and you don’t lie in bed at night awake worrying about stuff.  You  move on to things that you can make better. If you look at employees or bosses, the best ones  have great energy and are good at applying it fast enough to solve problems.   Q.  What about earlier in life — high school, college?  Were you in leadership roles there?    A.  I went to a high school that let you be a great leader.  I was in a terrific group of women.   There were only 19 girls in my class, and I got 15 varsity letters in sports.  One of my best  friends and I were captains of the basketball team.  We won 33 consecutive games.    Then I went to Princeton and played varsity field hockey. And I actually played lacrosse my  freshman year.  I hadn’t played before but made the J.V. team.  I played varsity field hockey,  and my second year there, the U.S. Olympic coach became our coach.  That taught me  everything about myself, about how hard you can work at something, how you can die  trying.  I would have done anything for that woman.  She inspired us to do stuff that was  impossible.   Q.  And looking back, what was it about her leadership style?   
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