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Volume 23 No. 13
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Game Changers: Career Development

Game Changers: The best advice I have received for career development.


Naz Aletaha: Leverage what you know, but, more importantly, know what you don’t know.

Megan Hughes Allison: Be prepared and be confident.

Michelle Andres: To not let my introversion be confused for shyness or aloofness.

Molly Arbogast: Be kind to everyone and pull someone else up with you.

Christine Burke: Every day, no matter how challenging or mundane, is an opportunity to learn and grow.

Shelly Cayette: Do the job you want in the job you are in.

Kim Damron: Have work-life balance. I learned this along the way and now I encourage it with my staff.  

Kim Davis: Pace yourself. Career is a journey, not an event.

Jill Driban: Listen, pay attention and think outside the box. 

Wendy Fallen: Don’t hesitate to listen twice as much as you speak.

Julie Giese: Have thick skin. Don’t take things so personal; rejection is going to happen and how you deal with it is most important.  

Melissa Heiter: Don’t settle. You know your worth and what you offer, so prove it daily and you will get to where you want to be.

Krista Hiner: Surround yourself with people you admire.

Terri Carmichael Jackson: Don’t be idea girl. Come prepared and ready to execute.

Michele Kajiwara: You’re not ready for that yet, but eventually you will be, so be patient.

Meredith Kinsman: Never say, “That’s not my job.”

Thayer Lavielle: Do good work, speak the truth even when it might not be popular, and be kind.

Melanie LeGrande: Closed mouths don’t get fed. Advocate for yourself every step of the way.

Michelle McGoldrick: You may have heard of the "Jar of Life: Rocks, Pebbles and Sand" story: The best way to fill a jar is to first put in the big rocks, then the pebbles, then the sand. I had a boss who consistently and emphatically shouted FOCUS ON THE BIG ROCKS! as a reminder to give your time to the things that mattered the most. 

Lucinda McRoberts: Trust your gut and come from a place of, “Yes.”

Jamie Morningstar: "Nothing is ever as good as it seems and nothing is ever as bad as it seems." My dad told me this a few years ago. It has changed the way I think about life.

Sianneh Mulbah: Listen more than you speak. We can learn so much from observing others and taking time to reflect on their narrative.

Pamela Murrin: Make a decision and don’t look back. Favorite quote: “The road to success is paved with flat squirrels.”

Laura Neal: From my parents, who built and ran a small restaurant for 35 years: “There’s no substitute for hard work.” You have to network and develop relationships and learn and grow, but there’s nothing more important than doing your job well.

Gloria Nevarez: Diversify my areas of expertise.

Moira O'Connor: Do not say no to new opportunities. If you do that too often, opportunities eventually stop coming.

Nicolina O'Rorke: Every relationship matters.

Djenaba Parker: Don’t be afraid of failure.

Ana Shapiro Queenan: “Make yourself replaceable.” Our responsibility is to teach and to give opportunity to others so that we can grow and then take on new responsibilities ourselves.

Caroline Rebello: Be confident in who you are and what you bring to the table, and when in doubt, out-work everyone.

Tracie Rodburg: “Fake it until you make it,” from Renie Anderson.

Carla Rosenberg: Be willing to adapt to new technologies in order to streamline processes.

Tara Gutkowski Schwartz: “Rise to the occasion.” Those four words have been my dad’s response whenever an obstacle or challenge occurred throughout my entire life. 

Carrie Skillman: Raise my hand for opportunities that make me uncomfortable, it’s the best way to learn and grow.

Maureen Smith: “It’s how you treat people, how you develop your strategy, how you execute against that, how you balance your top line and your bottom line and where you spend your capital. All of the issues are the same, no matter the organization.” — Jeannine Rivet, UnitedHealth Group

Amy Sprangers: A true champion is one who champions others.

Neda Tabatabaie: “What’s in your head is not in other people’s head!” Referring to the fact that ideas are great, but useless if you don’t bring people along with you.

Tina Thornton: Be authentic and present in meetings. If you are true to yourself with an open mind, you put others at ease. If you are present when speaking to someone, people know you care. So strive to listen in the moment, step away from the clutter and be an active participant in every conversation.

Alisha Valavanis: Be true to yourself.

Whitney Wagoner: Work hard and be patient.