Deborrah Himsel on Maintaining Your Legacy

Maintaining your reputation through a changing work environment.

August 22, 2014 / Podcast # 14-17

Deborrah Himsel

Great leaders are determined by how well they are able to translate their goals into action. Deborrah Himsel’s book Beauty Queen: Inside the Reign of Avon’s Andrea Jung tells the story of the CEO’s rise and fall at Avon while interweaving discussions of business and corporate cultural issues. Andrea found herself to be in the right place at the right time while enjoying success in re-vitalizing a brand and mobilizing a well-rounded and successful work team. However, the second half of Andrea’s tenure was not as successful as she dealt with corporate issues. The book explores the possible reasons for this unfortunate change, mistakes made in the process, and ways that any leader can apply this story to help ensure long-term success.

Deborrah Himsel is the author of Beauty Queen: Inside the Reign of Avon’s Andrea Jung and Leadership Sopranos Style. From 1999 to 2005, she worked alongside Andrea Jung at Avon as vice president of Global Organization Effectiveness. A former vice president of Deutsche Bank, Himsel is a leadership consultant for such Fortune 500 companies as Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Exxon/Mobil, Bain, Citigroup, and Walmart. She teaches at Thunderbird School of Global Management and The Helsinki School of Economics at Aalto University. She has been featured in various media, including Fox News, CNBC, and Bloomberg, and she wrote commentary on The Apprentice for USA Today.