As a part of my series about about how leaders can create a “fantastic work culture”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Fab Giovanetti. Fab is a business mentor, published author, influencer-specialist, best known as the founder of the Health Bloggers Community. Serial start-up founder and professional troublemaker, she is obsessed with avocados and helping people making an impact in health and wellness. Can find out more about her writing here
I have a I asked people what they wanted and they answered. All I had to do was listen and give them this. The reason the community is working so well is because I am becoming a very good listener. For months the platform was just a free group where people shared their concerns and doubts, and we slowly implemented by literally screen-shooting conversations, answering questions, and brainstorming like a MOFO. Every month or two, we ask the community what they’d like to see next. Ask and you shall receive. Even our events are created by asking our attendees what they’d like to see next. It’s a lot about detachment and letting things be controlled by the members, rather than forcing something their way.
I think one of my pinch-me moments was when I managed to crowdfund my first book, Make an Impact (link: http://bit.ly/makeimpactpromo). Thanks to the health Bloggers Community I managed to reach my target in only 3 weeks, and overfund it — which was incredible.
We just launched the first register of influencers, aiming to keep influencers accountable to what they post and how they do it. The ROHWI is the first and only independent register for the Health & Wellness Influencers worldwide, and it provides training for influencers and regulations for the industry. (http://rohwi.org )
Because bosses and managers are still learning the art of flexibility. Flexible hours and flexible work should be paramour — at the end of the day, your team is supporting you grow your own dream, so I do not understand why you would not be open to what they have to say, and their needs.
I can tell you in reverse something that happened to me: one member of my team is going through some anxiety counselling, and was asking for some time on Monday to book in her sessions right after lunchtime. She promised she’d make the time up and, of course, I said yes. She was touched and incredibly grateful for me understanding where she is coming from. The sessions are helping her greatly, and she is always happy to put extra hours or time during busy working stretches. It’s an exchange after all.
I think we need to realise portfolio careers are a thing, and most people will juggle different jobs at the same time. It’s not so straight forward, and society still seems to struggle with the idea that 9–5 is an old, outdated model that is making us overworked.
Just like my work ethic overall: fun, approachable, yet professional. I always write things down, I love simple written agreements — yet, I will probably send GIFs in emails every now and again. It’s my unique way of communicating, and as I am also a speaker, it comes across on the screen and in person.
As cheesy as it sounds my team made me stronger, more passionate and more resilient. It’s incredible what we can achieve when we find incredible people who believe in us. They were the first to cheer me on during my book writing process, so I am incredibly grateful to them!
I aim every day to support people who create incredible brands to help others, themselves and ultimately our world at large. I believe in the idea of positive influence, I believe in the power of having a great story and message, and making the world a better place. Supporting people making their dream come true is the greatest gift.
“Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it”. My whole journey can be summed up by this quote, because it’s your resilience that truly makes you over everything else.
I want people to be more present in the moment. To get off their phones, their laptops and enjoy the time off the screen — which sound counterproductive given what I do, I know. I believe in the power of marketing, content and social media, but only when used wisely.