4 Things You Can Learn From Jules Ostin In The Intern
1. Never stop improving.
In The Intern, a Nancy Meyers film, Jules Ostin is the founder and CEO of About The Fit, an up-and-coming online fashion company that houses more than 200 employees in Brooklyn, New York.
As a successful entrepreneur in good financial condition, Jules doesn't take the back seat to relax and enjoy the finer things in life. Rather, she personally tries on every item to detail the fit, and even spares a little time to work in customer service. The bottom line - she never stops digging into every aspect of her business and identifying things that can be done better.
2. Details matter. Roll your sleeves up and make them great.
Having placed a test order from her own company, Jules wasn't entirely pleased with the packaging upon receipt. The next move? She stopped by the warehouse to instruct the packaging team, insisting on the idea that every box should come out just like a gift that customers can't wait to open.
Sure, meetings important and executive decisions need to be made. But never, ever neglect the little things that can make a huge difference.
3. Don't ever limit yourself simply because you're a woman.
In a supposedly one-hour meeting with a potential CEO of ATF, Jules furiously walked out of the building in just 20 minutes. Unfortunately, the guy she met turned out to be a total male chauvinist who thinks the company will never amount to much under the reign of a woman. Ouch!
Yes, prejudice towards women may still exist in the business world, but don't ever let that bring you down. Work hard, invest in yourself, and always stand up to anyone who doubts your ability to make great things happen.
4. Treat everyone with respect, regardless of who they are.
As the leader of ATF, Jules isn't your stereotypically unsympathetic boss from The Devil Wears Prada. She doesn't have a fancy office to herself and works just like everyone else in a open space. She may be a hard person to deal with sometimes, as her intern Ben would know, but she has a big heart and in fact cares deeply about the feelings of those around her.
Humans are emotional beings. You may be a big-time leader and decision-maker of your company, but make sure you treat people the way you want to be treated.