Glover Gardens is my hobby, but I also have a career and job that I love in knowledge management and learning. I don’t share much from that (super-busy) part of my life here, but this article I published in LinkedIn seems like it also should have a home in this “multifaceted blog for multifaceted people”.
The article is dedicated to the many wonderful people who helped me learn these lessons, and to all the young people who enrich my life. You know who you are.
Advice for Having Your LIVELIEST Career
We recently said goodbye an intern whose time with us was complete, and collected career advice from each team member as a parting gift for her as she leans in to her bright future. My advice, based on what I’ve learned over the years, was a set of behaviors geared toward having the LIVELIEST career possible:
- Listen. Ask questions. Investigate. Be curious. Don’t assume that everyone else knows the answer but you.
- Involve others and collaborate. The best results are co-created. Always share the credit – when you share it, it multiplies.
- Volunteer for projects and seize opportunities to serve on cross-functional teams. Step up to lead them. You’ll learn much faster this way. But know that you can also ‘lead from behind’ and that sometimes this can be just as fulfilling.
- Experience, expand and stretch: have a growth mindset. Believe in yourself.
- Learn constantly. Never stop being a student of life, of other people, of the world. Find a mentor or two. Or three. And never feel like you aren’t also a mentor – you “know stuff” and can enrich others’ experiences and knowledge. Embrace benchmarking partners as an opportunity to learn, share and grow.
- Imagine, wonder, muse and innovate. Don’t be afraid to be wrong. Fail fast / fail forward is a successful innovation strategy, and if you aren’t making any mistakes, you aren’t taking enough risks or stretching enough. Give yourself time to thoughtfully consider things, have ideas, and reflect.
- Embody emotional intelligence and embrace all the other ‘soft skills’. And know that ‘soft skills’ aren’t soft at all – they are critical skills for success in any business endeavor. Communication, negotiation, problem-solving, creativity, relationship-building, and most of all, empathy. Cultivating these and other ‘soft skills’ will help you connect with other humans and create the best outcomes.
- Speak about what you know. Become an external thought leader. Start now – don’t wait. You have insights to share with the world, at every step on your journey. The world will pay attention, and you will learn as you go.
- Trust people. Trust is a gift that empowers people to be vulnerable and authentic. If you trust people, you will get trust back. Trust creates a bond that business challenges cannot break.
I’m very blessed to have numerous young people in my business and professional life and am sharing this LIVELIEST advice with them, but I’ve realized that nothing here is limited to the early days of a career. Embracing these LIVELIEST tenets should bring more joy, enlightenment, successful outcomes, job satisfaction, wisdom and excellent relationships at any stage in a career journey.
What is your career advice? Did I miss anything in my LIVELIEST model?
Find the original article here on LinkedIn, and feel free to connect with me!
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