Ashley Herd

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Manager Method founder Ashley Herd, in brief.

Ashley Herd

Home: Atlanta, Georgia.  Age: 41.  Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky.  Profession: Legal and HR consulting.  Organization: Manager Method.  Title: Founder & CEO.  Alma mater: Centre College (undergrad); Emory University (law school).

Current project: Creating guided journals for managers and employees.  Latest accomplishment: Launched a brand-new website.  What’s been your big (or biggest) leap? Moving our family across the world to Sydney, Australia, for two years.  Hobbies: Golf, tennis, guitar, stand-up comedy. Last book read: The Obstacle Is the Way, by Ryan Holiday.  Recent unique acquisition: An electric guitar from my family, for my birthday.

Personality profile: Curious, motivated, humorous.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Make their lives easier and have fun doing it.  What is your greatest joy? Warm sun,  great wine and people I love.  What is your guilty pleasure? Celebrity gossip.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Nurses.  What is your go-to workout? Peloton Tread bootcamp.

What book have you repeatedly read? Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? Best in Show.  What’s featured prominently on your home or office wall? My  children’s art.  It lights me up.  Who has had the greatest influence on your  life? My parents. My mother survived aggressive cancer at 46, ran her first marathon a few years after and graduated law school at 54, and just became a General Counsel last year.  What is the best advice you received growing  up? Find something to learn, enjoy and appreciate in every moment.  What is the best advice you received in your career? Aim to make your boss/colleague/client look good and you’ll succeed.

What is your big idea?

Scalable tools to help companies and employees communicate effectively.

What change would you like to see in the world? To have kindness be a universal natural instinct.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Treat yourself as if you were your own best friend, with grace, love and care.  What mega-trend most excites you? People finding alternate career paths that meet all of their needs.

Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A playwright.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Having a huge picnic in Central Park with my friends and family. What advice would you give your younger self? Don’t stress, things will work out.  What day in your life would you like to re-live? The day we arrived in Australia.  Actually, the second day, after jet lag ended!

Personal mission: To make lasting change and live fully in the moment.  Personal motto: Life’s too  short to be bored or boring!  Favorite quote: “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Especially not yourself” (Mindy Kaling).

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