In case you’ve lost count, I’m proud to share that HGTV recently celebrated 20 years of being on the air. And it’s no exaggeration to say this ‘home’ was literally built from the ground up, by a handful of people with an incredible vision. One of those HGTV pioneers was Susan Packard. Susan was the second person hired at HGTV, after founder Ken Lowe. A co-founder of the network, Susan left an influential mark on HGTV’s history and a legacy of excellence in the cable programming industry.
Now Susan brings her wealth of knowledge and experience to a brand new publication, New Rules of the Game: 10 Strategies for Women in the Workplace. A DIY guide of sorts, New Rules sets forth a series of principles that women in any business environment can apply to their own career paths.
Susan recently took a break from a promotional tour to chat with me about the book (plus I had the priviledge of getting a sneak peek before it hit stands). In New Rules of the Game, Susan compares the workplace to team sports:
“You get a sense that the workplace is much larger than just you and your boss. If you see it as men typically do-a big playing field- you see at times you’re collaborating and other times you’re competing. There are a lot of people that can impact your career, not just your boss.”
New Rules of the Game is rich with stories from Susan’s life and that of 10 other executives she’s interviewed, including Ken Lowe and another co-founder, Frank Gardner. The book provides tips to create better self-awareness and perception, form your fan club, rediscover passions, and build a game plan to succeed. Plus, Susan suggests simple ways to deal with the higher standards that women are often held to (yes, meditation can help you keep your game face on).
And if you’d like to know what it was like to work here in the early days, Susan has included some great inspirational stories from her many years spent helping grow HGTV into a top ten cable network.
But don’t take my word for it, add New Rules of the Game to your reading list now. Whether you’re trying to learn more about how to navigate work and life, or curious to see how one woman helped hit it out the ballpark with the launch of the first (and best) home lifestyle cable channel, you’ll want to get your hands on this book.
New Rules of the Game is on bookstands now, or you can purchase it here. Susan can also be found at www.susanpackard.com.