Amy Hood is currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer at Microsoft Corporation — whose corporate mission is: “Empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.”

This conversation is so good.

It’s about so much more than her professional accolades and she’s got them: Harvard MBA, undergraduate degree from Duke in economics, being listed at the #44 spot on the Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list.

This conversation is about her commitment to a full life experience, in all of her roles as a woman — as a mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a global citizen — and of course as the CFO of one the most influential technology companies in the world, Microsoft.

If you’ve ever thought, I’m not sure I can do “that” — whatever “that” is in your life — because you’re too far down the tracks, or you’re not sure how to manage something new — or how to make difficult decisions about work/life engagement — or how to not become consumed with chasing outcomes (while at the same time having world-class outcomes as a by product) — or how to help others grow — I think you’re going to love this conversation.

“Everyday on my way to work I say, ‘today is a good day for a good day.’”

In This Episode:

  • Learning to care for others growing up in Nashville
  • Why sports & car rides were important to her family growing up
  • Being raised on the concepts of hard work and self-determination
  • Education as a foundation of what her family valued most
  • Striving for Perfection vs. Progression
  • Coming to realize that there was more she cared about than results
  • Becoming aware of your bias and adjusting accordingly
  • Fear of failure vs. feeling free to take risks
  • Dialoguing across your differences and understanding what culture a person brings with them
  • Giving people space to be their best
  • How to build a strong sense of self
  • The real meaning of being an introvert
  • Her method for dealing with high pressure situations

 

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Quotables:

“I can make every decision in the hope it will work out perfectly and fail 99% of the time or I can choose progressive iteration, which is you deeply say I’m going to make choices everyday, some of them are going to take me forward, some of them won’t but if I keep at it and I progressively iterate on my ideas and take learning and try to get better, I’m in the pursuit of something but it’s not perfection. It’s progression.”

“Whatever burden of perfection you’re currently carrying and telling yourself everyday, you’ve got to find a way to let it go.”

“Whatever gives you energy, fill up your tank with that.”

“You have to be ok with being fired.”

“Can you express the things that give you challenges in being your best?”

“When you look at somebody [in the eye], it’s a tone of respect.”

On leadership: “You’ve got to give them space or you’ll lose them.”

“What do you have to do if you want to win? You have to have the best who want to be their best.”

“I didn’t just suddenly become confident. I did it slowly. You start with taking one risk.”

“At the levels we’re working, if you’re not getting to the thing underneath the thing, underneath the thing, you’re not getting anywhere.”

“Nobody’s a good multi-tasker, they just don’t know it.”

“If people think you’re faking it, you’re done.”

“I can see the simplicity in the complex. I can see how things relate.”

“Mastery is the pursuit and progression of being terrific at a purposeful thing.”

 

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As chief financial officer, Amy Hood is responsible for leading Microsoft’s worldwide finance organization, including acquisitions, treasury activities, tax planning, accounting and reporting, and internal audit and investor relations.