January. A month of new start and a month of reflections. As I reflect my 15 years of working life, I always think back on some of the most useful advice that have helped me tremendously in my career. Below are my top 5 career advice or tips from remarkably inspiring leaders who shared their valuable time with me:
- Measure twice, cut once. – From Todd Reichmann (2002), when the whole department was refreshing banking products and submitting new MIS requests.
- Never chase after job grade of money. Chase after your passion and the job grade and money will chase after you. – From Robert Bell (2003), when I was madly chasing after the next higher grade role in my early career days.
- If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got. – From Jeff Kirk (2004), when motivating his team to always challenge the status quo to reach higher performance.
- The foundation of a good manager is fairness and consistency. – From Lynne Sutherland (2005), when I first became a people manager.
- Anything worth doing is always going to be challenging – From Fred Ohlsson (2015), when I faced several obstacles in delivering high impact initiatives.