Alvin Ailey, Twitter, CWA discussed on No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis


I'm on the board of Twitter and Mary at president board from Alvin Ailey, I just came from the air. So I'm on af I go on and on. So I'm doing a lot most days you're doing a lot of people in actual jobs and back to your point. I've always been a multitask. So it's it's fine. But you know, I don't think I'll do anything fulltime again. But it it's, you know, I want to write a book really do some speaking gauge me. Yeah. I think I have a story to tell us. Yeah. So I'm thinking about that. So that those kind of things are exciting. Yeah. What's the toughest lesson? You've had to learn along the way. The toughest lesson. I've had to learn is to listen to your own voice. And that you know, a lot comes from what I talked about about being a CEO early on. It's finding my own voice and not being afraid to to speak up. And you know, I think the law and a little bit is a protection because you know, as you know, I gotta look it up. This is what it says. So I think a business woman and learning that you know, you have to make decisions and yet to find your own voice. And was there a turning point where you realize the importance of that? Or was there almost like a negative experience? That led you to say, I'm not listening to my own voice here, and I need to. Well, I think the experience with the protests about the videos was a turning point because you know in one ear. I heard Bob Johnson say on his way out don't ruin the business model on this side. I had a programming budget that was sixty five percent music videos, but I had. Already promised the audience. I was going to change that. So I had to figure out how to keep the company profitable and move away from videos that shouldn't have been the main thing we did anyway. And I love music, I'm a big music fan. So, you know, vice a little Wayne right now. I'd say Hello a chance the rapper. It's not like, I'm not a hip hop fan. But you know, I really knew we had to do other kinds of programming, and and I knew had to be high quality and all of that took some guts because you know, we didn't really have the budget for it early on. So it's a slow process, and we took a lot of criticism along the way. But now young people come up to me in the street and say, thank you. Thank you for what you did for BT. Thank you for what you did for the culture, which just gives me chills because that's so much bigger than be in. Thank you for for leading the way. Way. So, you know, listening to my voice in making those decisions in in from my own perspective was was all I could do. And I think that's what a good leader does. And then when you believe in yourself, and you find your own voice than others will follow you because they know, you know, you have the best inches a company hard. You know, you're trying to do the best thing, and they will come along. And I you know, I really felt good there. So many points. I mentioned the new York Stock Exchange another high point on my career was we we had a show called the game. Yes. Yes. Twenty fourteen that that premier. Yes. That we took over the CW at the CWA got a million five it was tough to even convinced CBS to let us take over the production of it because they were like when we cancelled a show, you know, and we finally did the show been off the air for two years. We put it back. It on bring back the production team cut the cost because we had to and we got eight million viewers the first night. It's still the record holder for the top sitcom debut on cable that day we were high fiving each other like we had won the Super Bowl..

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