Megyn Kelly is in the news these days more than ever, a new book, the hottest journalist in the business, and for her extraordinary move from FOX to NBC for a pot load, dare I say, man-like salary.
Her decision to walk away from Fox’s offer of millions of dollars in compensation for a position that allowed her more work life balance is laudatory. But don’t feel too bad for her $20MM sacrifice, it is reported that she negotiated a salary that is reputed to be more than most of the current NBC broadcast talent, and there is roiling in the broadcasting ranks. Here are my take-aways that can be applied to project work.
Effort Matters - I’ve watched Kelly on FOX on occasion. Aside from her looks, which are extraordinary, what always strikes me is her work ethic. Night after night, she discusses broad ranging topics and she is exceptionally prepared. She rehearses exhaustively. Her legal background helps her a lot, she knows the rules of evidence, can ask a decent follow up question and isn’t afraid to challenge a guest statement that she believes to be evasive or untrue. Project managers should seek team members who are thoughtful, have energy, proactive and confident. And who put in the effort.
Grab Talent – NBC leaped at the chance to get a top tier journalist and was willing to bend on its needs a bit in order to land a top tier talent. Project managers need to show the same flexibility in terms of money and candidate preferences, real talent only comes along occasionally, so grab it up when you see it.