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Beyonce poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (JORDAN STRAUSS/INVISION/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Beyonce poses in the press room at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on Aug. 24, 2014, in Inglewood, Calif. (JORDAN STRAUSS/INVISION/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

2014 executive survival guide

Guest lecture: What you can learn from Beyoncé Add to ...

Mogul, mother, better half: Is there anything that Beyoncé doesn’t do better than everyone else?

The current champion of the Forbes Celebrity 100 made about $115-million (U.S.) between the spring of 2013 and June, 2014–and that’s not including the proceeds of her sold-out summer tour with her husband, Jay-Z. Their “On the Run” tour came on the heels of her “Mrs. Carter Show” world tour, which followed the industry-shaking release of her self-titled “visual album.” It was her fifth straight release to debut at No. 1.

Beyoncé is also mom to toddler Blue Ivy; a self-declared feminist; the winner of 17 Grammys; a friend of the Obamas; and an absolutely phenomenal dancer. Not too shabby a role model for the executive seeking some work-life balance.

Beyoncé quotes

“The reality is, sometimes you lose. And you’re never too good to lose. You’re never too big to lose. You’re never too smart to lose. It happens.”
– Self-Titled documentary, 2013
In other words: Risk is a real factor in any exciting endeavour, and not every aspect of business success is in your control.

“I think I’ve realized that business and being polite [don’t] match. You can be fair, but me being polite was not me being fair to myself.”
– Life Is But a Dream documentary, 2013
In other words: Don’t try to be liked in the boardroom. Be assertive. Confidence engenders respect among colleagues and clients alike.

“Over in Japan, no one told me the first time that I performed there that the crowds are so polite and whenever you speak or sing, no one really moves. So the whole time I’m thinking, ‘Wow, I must really, really suck.’”
– Late Show with David Letterman, 2009
In other words: Be very careful when contemplating international expansion. Work hard to understand cultural differences and adjust your metrics accordingly.

“I’m over being a pop star. I don’t want to be a hot girl. I want to be iconic.”
– Marie Claire interview, 2008
In other words: True visionaries aren’t satisfied with simply being solvent.

“You thought that I’d be stressed without you/But I’m chillin’/ You thought I wouldn’t sell without you/Sold nine million”
– Survivor, Destiny’s Child, 2001
In other words: Not every relationship is going to end well, in business or in life. Keep your individual worth in mind when entering into any partnership.

“I know I’m stronger in the songs than I really am. Sometimes I need to hear it myself.”
– Marie Claire interview, 2009
In other words: Whether you’ve had a setback or are preparing for a really big presentation, know what you need to do to get your game face on–and do it.

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