Running the Dallas Cowboys isn’t a 9-to-5 job – especially if you are Charlotte Jones Anderson, daughter of owner Jerry Jones.
“His office is just down the hall from mine, so I see him every day and every week. For us, business happens a lot on the weekend, too, so I pretty much see him 24/7 – which is unusual and unique, but also very great,” says Jones Anderson of working with her father.
In addition to her work with the Cowboys, where she oversees the team’s brand, Jones Anderson also serves as the chair of the Salvation Army, trying to harness the Cowboys’ following to do good in the world.
Ahead of Father’s Day, Jones Anderson shared with FOXBusiness.com the top business lessons she’s learned from her father Jerry – and a few personal lessons, too.
Jones Anderson’s earliest “business” memory is of her father flying back home to Little Rock from his work in Oklahoma City to make it in time for family dinner and events.
“He would coach my brothers’ football teams, but he was also so dedicated and committed to his professional life … He was focused on being effective at work and at home,” she says.
“He challenged us to find what we were passionate about, and be the best person we could be in that space,” says Jones Anderson.
She says growing up, she chose to focus on her education: “I didn’t want a job! So I committed to school.” Jones Anderson ended up studying at Stanford University, where she received a B.S. in human biology.
“For me, what is so great is that [my father] has never seen gender,” says Jones Anderson. “He told me every day that I could be the President of the United States as long as I worked hard.”
Jones Anderson says her father used to drop her off at her grandparents each summer, where she was able to see a powerful woman in action firsthand. “My grandmother was the quintessential modern-day woman – I would watch her do the books and then go and make dinner. You can do both as a woman – work and provide for your family,” she says.
Jones Anderson says the most important business lessons she’s learned from father Jerry is to “have a high tolerance for ambiguity.”
“Always be a risk taker. You may not really know or see what the end might be, but you need to have confidence that if you continue on your path, it will unfurl before you,” she explains. “He has always said ambiguity is a great thing, because opportunities don’t come presented in pretty packages.”
After college, Jones Anderson went to work in Washington running a Congressman’s office, until her father came calling.
“What he wanted were people he could trust around him. So when he asked me to come – drafted me – the only instruction he gave me was, ‘Find a way to stop losing money, and whatever you do, don’t tarnish the brand.’”
“Both of my parents brought us up with the mantra of to whom much is given, much is expected,” says Jones Anderson, talking about her work with the Salvation Army. “We feel that we are required and expected to make an impact in our community.”
Charlotte Jones Anderson, the executive vice-president of the Dallas Cowboys, on the most important lessons she’s learned from father Jerry Jones while running America’s Team.