Arianna Huffington

Thrive Global Founder & CEO

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What’s the Most Effective Way to Pitch Your Idea?

I think being clear is key, and being able to inspire and bring people along so there is a sense of excitement about a new idea, which makes people be able to deliver often beyond…

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What's a Specific Problem for Women in the Workplace?

I think the big problem for women in the workplace is what I call the need for a third feminist revolution, because the first feminist revolution gave us the vote, the second gave us access…

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Is Micromanagement Always Bad?

I think it is generally bad, because it means you have people working for you that you don't trust. And, if you have people you trust, then you can give them the freedom to actually…

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What Was Your Last Dream?

Oh the last dream was about being late somewhere. I'm often late. I'm working on it. I'm a work in progress, but I was born and brought up in Athens, Greece, where nobody, nobody is…

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What Happened to You as a Child That Changed Your Life?

My parents getting divorced definitely changed my life. I remained close to both of them, but I remember how painful it was at the time. And what it made it more painful later on is…

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What Do You Do When You Plateau in Your Career?

Take a deep breath and jump. Very often, even with the most successful careers, we feel there's something else we want to do. That is my experience at the Huffington Post. I love the Huffington…

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What Do You Do for Others?

What we love to do at Thrive, is to give free trainings to non-profit leaders. There are so many amazing idealistic people running non-profits to alleviate poverty, to deal with gun violence, with at-risk children,…

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What's Your Power Outfit?

I deliberately put on my Instagram, the same dress, again and again, even at big events. Like last year, I wore a long dress for the Time 100 dinner, and three days later the same…

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What Is Your Biggest Time-Saving Trick?

Short meetings, and meetings with no devices. Device-free meetings have been a game changer for me. I institute them at the Huffington Post and now at Thrive Global. Look around at any meeting and people…

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What's Your Power Food?

My power food is all my little organic nuts, like almonds or sunflower seeds that I often have in little Ziploc bags. So if I'm traveling, or even if I'm at a dinner where I…

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How Do You Keep Someone Focused During a Personal Crisis?

Constantly express gratitude to the people you work with. To build a sense of team, a sense of family, to really care for each other, and to care for each other not just because of…

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How Do You Make Meetings More Effective?

If we have a clear agenda in advance and we are fully present and fully contributing, the meetings do go much faster.

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What Book Changed Your Life?

A book that changed my life is a book by Marcus Aurelius, who was an emperor of Rome for 19 years and a stoic philosopher. He wrote a book called Meditations. This was a man…

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What Are Your 3 Must-Dos Everyday?

Getting eight hours sleep, which I would say I do 90% of the time. Doing some sort of movement, working out, and meditating. I'll put those two things together because it's part of how I…

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Tell Us About a Mistake You Made and What You Learned

My biggest mistakes have been hiring mistakes. And my biggest hiring mistakes have happened when I was tired, and I was interviewing but really my hope was that I could cross this thing off my…

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What Is a Unique Challenge Faced by Women Entrepreneurs?

The unique challenge for female entrepreneurs is the fact that we have a harder time processing stress and a harder time dealing with failure, because failure is an inevitable part of any entrepreneurial journey. My…

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What Rituals Do You Perform Before a Stressful Task?

It's really my end of day, and beginning of day rituals that matter. End of day ritual for me is 30 minutes before I'm going to go to sleep, before I know I'm going to…

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Describe the Internet to Someone Who Just Woke up From a 30-Year Coma.

Oh. Basically, something that it's going to invade every aspect of your life if you let it. So please set boundaries.

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How Do You Write an Email That Actually Gets Read?

Very, very short answers. You know how people spend a lot of time on email as though they're writing a letter, "hope things are well..." I have no "hope things are well," it's just quick.…

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What Is the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?

For me, the best piece of advice is to recognize that you've living under a delusion that burnout is the necessary price you pay for success. You need to end that delusion. And when we…

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What Was the Worst Advice Someone Gave You?

Definitely that you have to be always on, work 24/7, never disconnect, if you want to really succeed. Not at all true. You know we claim to be data-driven, but this advice is scientifically disproven.

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What Do You Splurge on in Your Business That’s Worth It?

We love things like in-office massages. We have a fantastic nap pod, MetroNaps, which has a great privacy visor and noise-canceling headphones, so if people want to have a nap in the middle of the…

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How Do You Compete With Rivals?

I never look at people in the same field as competitors. I never did at the Huffington Post. I never do at Thrive Global. I think if you become obsessed with your competition, you spend…

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How Do You Give a Great Presentation?

You speak about things you believe in. I started as a terrible speaker at Cambridge, but I started speaking at the debating society, The Cambridge Union, and now I like to speak not from a…

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How Long Have You Gone Without Sleep Because of Work?

I had my wake up call in 2007, when I collapsed from sleep deprivation, burnout, exhaustion. Two years into building the Huffington Post and with two teenage daughters, a single mom. During that time I…

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What Is Your Corporate Culture?

Step on toes, just don't be a jerk, which means don't encourage a hierarchical atmosphere where people are reluctant to express, or where they feel victimized and complain behind other people's backs. That creates a…

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What Advice Would You Give a First-Time Manager?

So my advice for a first-time manager is to really realize that there is no trade-off between your own well-being and how productive and how effective you are as a leader. On the contrary, the…

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What’s the Hardest Part About Being a CEO?

Well the hardest thing, is that there's always more incompletions at the end of the day then you'd like, and becoming comfortable with incompletions is key. There is absolutely nobody watching, I bet, who can…

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How Do You Come up With Your Best Ideas?

So I come up with my best ideas after meditation, in the twilight zone time when I'm just waking up but I'm not fully awake, in the shower, on walks or hikes, or reading books.

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"Named one of the "Most Powerful Women" in the world by Forbes"

Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including, most recently, Thrive and The Sleep Revolution.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and cited media brands on the Internet, and in 2012 won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. Thrive Global provides trainings, seminars, e-courses, coaching and ongoing support based on the latest scientific findings to improve people’s health and increase productivity for both companies and individuals around the world.

She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

She serves on numerous boards, including Uber and The Center for Public Integrity.

Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, on the science, history and mystery of sleep, both became instant international bestsellers.