By Sara Hill, Chief Human Resources Officer at Ceridian.
At Ceridian, we’re in the business of human capital management. We work every day to make it easier for our customers to manage the many aspects of HCM that are important to them. But we also have a focus internally on the development of our own Ceridian employees, and at times we zoom in specifically on the interests of our talented women.
As part of our Ceridian Women’s Network program, we recently had the privilege of hosting an influential guest lecturer, Pinky Lilani. Pinky is a founder and chairwoman of Asian Women of Achievement Awards, the Women of the Future Award and the Global Empowerment Award. She also received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire Award for her work to celebrate women’s achievements, and she’s been recognized as one of Britain’s most entrepreneurial women. At Ceridian, we welcomed Pinky for a talk entitled “Making a Difference – Strategies for Women.” It was an honor for me as well as our employees throughout the globe to hear what she had to say.
In addition to being an entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker and champion of women (she made the BBC Radio 4 Women’s hour power list of the 100 most influential women in the UK for 2013), she’s also a food guru, and has had a culinary interest her entire life. During Pinky’s speech, she explained how she used food as a way to bring people together – especially women. She then used the success of her book “Spice Magic” to bring the celebration of women to the forefront.
Pinky’s mantra is, “You have not lived a perfect day unless you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”
Pinky shared with us the importance of all difference kinds of intelligence – she called them the seven Q’s. Everyone knows about IQ and emotional intelligence (EQ), but we were riveted to hear her describe the other five. Do you know about LQ (Likeability Quotient), AQ (Attitude), MQ (Meaning), CQ (Communication) or GQ (Giving)?
To Pinky, exhibiting these seven Q’s every day is a key ingredient in her “recipe for success.” The others included:
- Hard work
- Willingness to fail
- Belief in self
- Kindness and going the extra mile
It was a powerful speech, and she closed by asking us what we can do to be better. “What do you stand for?” she asked us. “What is your mantra? How can you do something different?” It was truly inspiring, and we’re all better off for it.
At Ceridian, each quarter we’ll be hosting a global, virtual event for the Ceridian Women’s Network. We are proud to provide a forum for professional improvement, personal development and ample opportunities for women to connect with and learn from each other. It’s an important part of what we do, and if your organization is interested in starting a Women’s Network, I encourage you to take a look at this article from Monster.com: Why and How to Start a Women’s Network at Your Company.
Sara Hill is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Ceridian. Sara has responsibility for enhancing the employee experience, increasing employee engagement, and developing people and talent management strategies to bring Ceridian to the next level. Follow her on Twitter @SaraHillHR.