When it comes to putting together a dream team of top talent, few in the beauty industry can rival the Lauder family. Here, executive chairman William Lauder reveals what he looks for in an all-star.
1. IT’S NOT THEM. IT’S YOU Building a great team takes an extraordinary amount of patience and long-term dedication in cultivating an environment that attracts the best people, retains them and helps them to grow and thrive within the organization. It takes a great deal of focus, dedication and great thinking. You have to create environments that are stimulating and enjoyable to the people who you’re working with, so they look forward to coming to work, and where they see a future for their growth and opportunity and a path to future success. 2. CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER We look for intelligence, curiosity, commitment, motivation, a diversity of thought and background in knowledge and experience. We look for people who are curious in their ability to learn and grow. We look for people with flexibility of thought so they can learn and adapt to new challenges. I’m always looking for someone who is curious, so they fit into what we consider to be a learning organization.
3. NETWORK SOLUTIONS I’ve met people in so many different places. I once met someone skiing, on the chair lift. We got to know each other by skiing together all afternoon. It’s about networking and getting to know people, understanding who is really good and who you’d like to work with someday, so that when the right opportunity comes along, you can pick up the phone and say, “We’ve always talked about doing this. What do you think?”
4. QUESTION TIME I need to understand what makes someone tick: What are their ambitions for themselves, regardless of how old they are or their experience. I like to ask people how they got where they are, what their experiences are, what motivates them, what are the points of inflection in their career path. I don’t think that there is any question that is overrated or underrated. It’s not the question that matters. It’s the answer. 5. LET FREEDOM RING I like to spend a great deal of time [discussing] their passions away from work. It’s a very instructive conversation, to engage someone on what motivates them on their own time. That helps me to understand a lot about their curiosity, willingness to learn and commitment to something which is entirely optional.
My character, Dinah Madani, is just the coolest, [most] badass woman imaginable," says @amberroserevah. The actress stars in @marvel's newest series on @netflix, @thepunisher. To prepare for her role, Revah sat down with Homeland agents to get a real sense of with Dinah's day-to-day life is really like. Read our full interview on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
A scene from the 91st annual @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which boasts 50 million TV viewers and 3.5 million on-site spectators, is considered one of the largest and most watched parades in the world. (📷: Jason Szenes/EPA-REX)
The circus came to @bloomingdales 59th Street on Tuesday night and lit up Lexington Avenue with acrobatic dancers, death-defying knife throwing, sword swallowing and aerial acts with no net. The 45 minutes of theatrics built up to unveiling the holiday windows depicting @swarovski crystal-encrusted circus pieces and scenes from “The Greatest Showman” – songs from the soundtrack included. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Joshua Scott)
The psychedelic fashion that pervaded the ’60s is back with an exhibit at the @museumofcityny. “Mode New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” chronicles the changing styles from 1960 through 1973 and features designers such as @ysl, @oscardelarenta and more. The exhibition, which is on display through April 1, is organized into four periods: First Lady Fasion, Youthquake, New Bohemia and New Nonchalance. Pictured here is model Pat Bardonella during the Garvey Day Parade in 1968. (📷: @kwamebphoto) #wwdeye #wwdfashion
“People should be a lot more honest in expressing both the dark and light of themselves. We need to give each other the space to do that because it’s the only way we can grow and evolve,” says @noelwells of her new film “Mr. Roosevelt,” which is largely based on her own struggles. Unexpectedly leaving @nbcsnl in 2014 after just one season, Wells felt set back in her self-esteem and career trajectory. She quickly refocused her energy to more personal projects, which led to the completion of “Mr. Roosevelt.” Read the rest of WWD’s interview with the “Master of None” actress on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
@barbrastreisand is giving fans a chance to see her perform up close in a new concert series, which makes its debut on @Netflix today. From behind-the-scenes takes to her concert performance in Miami last December, the two-hour streaming special captures Streisand in her element. Pictured here is the singer/actress photographed for WWD in 1963. (📷: Palmieri Tony) #wwdeye #wwdarchive
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)