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Innovation Beyond Fritos

Long ago and far away, I was the associate brand manager at Frito-Lay who brought the world a new product: Chili Cheese Fritos. (You are welcome.)

I was just reflecting on that accomplishment this weekend after sorting through old files and finding the November 3, 1986 Forbes article where there was the chili cheese story plus a picture of me at age 27 with this headline:  Product Manager Jane Miller, two years to reach the top.

The top!  My top at age 27!  Seriously?

But what I found more interesting as I reread the article was the … Continue Reading >>

More Myth-Busting About Business Success

Note: This post is a featured interview at NewHope360.com.

Jane Miller, the former CEO of Rudi’s Organic Bakery and author of Sleep Your Way to the Top (and other myths about business success), shares the business wisdom she has soaked up from 30 years in the food industry.

newhope360: As a woman, is climbing up the career ladder in the food industry any different than doing so in any other industry?

Jane Miller: I don’t believe the food industry is any different than other industries for women. Climbing the ladder is about knowing your stuff cold, creating a great network of … Continue Reading >>

Girl Scouts vs. Mean Girls: Who Will Win?

Saturday I had the great pleasure of speaking to about 100 Girl Scouts, troop leaders and parents followed by a workshop with 14 girls from 7th to 9th grade.  To the large group, I spoke about how each girl could do whatever she wanted in her life, if she knew this secret: that building a successful life starts with personal confidence.  I told them confidence builds character and gives them the courage to stand up to the challenges that would surely come their way in life. Of course, I shared my background to give … Continue Reading >>

Business Plans Made Easy

NOTE: This post was originally written for Unreasonable.is.

We just finished the fifth Unreasonable Institute—another year working with amazing entrepreneurs who are solving the world’s greatest problems. Our job is to provide an Unreasonable advantage, and we do that by introducing them to mentors and funders who can give them wings. This year, we also conducted a business-planning workshop at the end of the institute. This was designed to give a structure to all of their plans and provide a roadmap for the next 18 months.

You might be surprised to know that many entrepreneurs, including our … Continue Reading >>

Saying Your Words Out Loud

This week I had an experience that surprised me a lot. I started to record the audio version of my book, Sleep Your Way to the Top (and other myths about business success), over at eTown Hall.  I wrote the book over a two-year time frame, and I have read it over and over in the editing process.  But this was the first time I had ever read it out loud.

Saying the words out loud had a profound impact on me. The chapters seemed more raw, more urgent, more poignant. Perhaps it was because … Continue Reading >>