Elisa.jpgJive's fearless leader and CEO, Elisa Steele, recently sat down with a handful of journalists, including ones from Huffington Post and IDG Connect, and shared some insightful advice for young professionals and C-Suite execs alike. I had a chance to read up on these interviews and was pleasantly surprised about what I learned about the woman in charge. Here are some of my favorite highlights and things I didn't already know about Elisa Steele (and if you did, you get a gold star!):

 

1. While you may regard her as a marketing maven, rising from the ranks through marketing leadership roles at companies like Skype, Yahoo!, and Jive, Elisa Steele's first job was actually in enterprise sales at AT&T.

 

From Elisa on IDG Connect:

"In my first job out of college as an enterprise sales representative at AT&T, I learned that being prepared and getting to know your customers inside out was critical in succeeding and gaining trust in business relationships. I think this is truer than ever for people starting their careers today. Don't get so caught up in the technology you're building that you lose focus on who is using it—everything comes back to people and human behavior."

 

2. Elisa Steel is a former Jive customer turned Jive employee. (Bonus points if you know where she was a Jive customer before!)

 

From Elisa on Huffington Post:

"My best employment experiences were at companies where I truly lived what they develop and sell. Skype and Jive had that in common for me. At Skype, I used the product as part of my everyday life experience, and cared deeply about it. I could genuinely relate to what the brand was all about — and what it needed to be for people. It is very similar at Jive because I was a previous customer who used the product to connect and unite employees. I already knew the incredible impact it can have for teams, functions and leaders — and how it truly empowers people to work better together. I felt connected and committed before I even walked in the door."

 

3. Elisa Steele doesn't believe in work-life balance. What?!?!

 

From Elisa on Huffington Post:

"Ha! I don’t believe in work-life balance. Life is just life! Work plays a big part, but so does family, friends, community, and all the other things that are important to you. I’m a career-minded person so work will always be a part of my life."

 

And there's plenty more advice where that came from. Be sure to read her full interviews on Huffington Post and IDG Connect for bonus Elisa trivia facts and words of wisdom:

 

Women in Business Q&A: Elisa Steele, CEO, Jive Software - Huffington Post

C-suite career advice: Elisa Steele, Jive Software - IDG Connect