“Downtime is not a bug, it's a feature”

Arianna Huffington about the importance of self care for founders, why she started her second company at the age of 66 & what it takes to be a good leader

This week on the show is Arianna Huffington, the co-founder of the Huffington Post, Pulitzer Prize winner, entrepreneurial role model as well as founder & CEO of Thrive Global, who was our guest at the Bits & Pretzels Networking Week. 

The now 70-years old media mogul has a lot to share from her outstanding career for founders, especially for those of you who are working non-stop! 

In conversation with Bits & Pretzels Editor-in-Chief Britta Weddeling Arianna explains how crucial downtime and self-care are for long-term success and shares first steps towards becoming a better leader. She is convinced that bad decisions that in the end lead to failure in business correlate with too much stress and lack of sleep.

And she has more to share including 1) why it is so important for CEOs to know what is urgent and what you can delegate, 2) how to be a motivational leader, even in a crisis and 3) what short little exercises entrepreneurs can do during the day in order to stay focused and calm.

03:15 „The old model of just powering through is not conducive to success“
04:47 Arianna Huffington’s personal wake-up call
05:30 The four journeys of the Thrive Global app
07:30 Why is it so hard for entrepreneurs to slow down and recharge?
08:33 „For the human operating system, downtime is not a bug, it’s a feature“
09:37 How female entrepreneurs can navigate the current situation
12:02 „Life is a combination of making it happen and letting it happen“
13:36 Why you don’t have to achieve everything before the age of 30
14:44 Human capital is the most important resource
17:34 The micro steps Arianna is recommending for finding creativity
20:40 Why taking of yourself is an essential quality for leaders

Production: Regina Körner, Migo Fecke (professional-podcast.com); Sophie Dechansreiter & Dina Zhakupova