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Issue 22 Interview with Aynn Collins, Director of Talent Strategy at MailChimp


Every few weeks, I ask one question to a founder, CEO, manager, or business owner I respect…

A chat with Aynn Collins

Aynn Collins is the Director of Talent Strategy at MailChimp, a now 900+ person company, where she leads efforts to amplify MailChimp’s employer brand and employee experience. In our interview, Aynn shares how she wish she knew how to approach failure earlier, and what companies should be doing to be thinking about their own employer brand in the right way.

Transcript of the interview is here.

Latest reads

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Successfully transitioning to new leadership roles
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What makes a great leader, explained in eight counterintuitive charts
“Amazon’s Jeff Bezos got it right when he famously said, of his corporate strategy, ‘We are stubborn on vision. We are flexible on details.’” Written by Shane Snow, Quartz

4 Leadership Strategies Marc Benioff Swears By
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Favorite reads

When Should Leaders Own a Decision and When Should They Delegate?
“Most people tend to overestimate the risk of making a bad decision and underestimate the risk of inaction.” Written by Victoria Medvec, Kellogg Insight

Tough Task: Recruiting Top Leaders From Other Companies
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Too Much Team Harmony Can Kill Creativity
“For instance, a recent study of 100 product development teams found that two common disruptors of team harmony, namely diversity and task uncertainty, were positively associated with creative performance.” Written by Darko LovricTomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Harvard Business Review

Just for fun

The Unified Theory of Deliciousness
A 2016 piece in Wired written by Momofuku’s founder and Chef David Chang – fun, light, and somehow tasty to read.


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