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What is the best career advice you have ever received?

Always remain open + teachable.

I love this advice for two reasons. First, it’s a simple reminder that no matter how long I work on perfecting my craft, there’s always more knowledge to gain. There’s somebody to share a different point of view or create a better way. And, it almost always leads to something bigger and better.

Second, this advice has guided me in making multiple career moves. Steps up, down, u-turns, promotions, and jumps. Perpetually open to trying and learning often led to the most exciting jobs and even a few surprise successes throughout my career.

Recently, I’ve applied this advice in leading my team through multiple organizational changes. As a leader, it’s easy to feel like I should have all the answers. And there’s humility in realizing I don’t. I’ve genuinely leveraged this advice, ensuring input from the entire team before making a change. Time and time again, it was proven that I don’t have all the answers, and remaining open and teachable leads to improved results … and a stronger team.

I credit this advice to my manager in my first job post-college. I remember it like it was yesterday, we were sitting in a small conference room discussing what it takes to be a valuable leader. As a front line team leader in a potato chip factory, I had a lot to learn! Not only did I need to learn how to manufacture and package your favorite salty snacks, but I also had to learn what it would take to make a difference in the day-to-day leadership of my team. To this day, I am grateful my manager took the time to teach and share his advice and wisdom on becoming an exceptional leader.

Whether you’re starting your own small business, or managing a team for the first time, or even leading a team in a potato chip factory, my hope is that this resonates with you as well.

March 31, 2019

What is the best career advice you have ever received?

What is the best career advice you have ever received?

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