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:

  1. Measure twice, cut once. – From Todd Reichmann (2002), when the whole department was refreshing banking products and submitting new MIS requests.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The foundation of a good manager is fairness and consistency. – From Lynne Sutherland (2005), when I first became a people manager.
  5. Anything worth doing is always going to be challenging – From Fred Ohlsson (2015), when I faced several obstacles in delivering high impact initiatives.