Colleen Campbell is a Vice-Chair of BMO Capital Markets and so much more!! The following are her “Top 10 Tips to Success” which she recently shared at a BMO event and has graciously agreed to share with us. Here goes:
Give more than you take.
Build genuine relationships/don’t just be a networker.
Do the right thing.
Listen to and try to understand the perspective of others.
Time is your most limited resource – outsource where possible.
Don’t try to do it all – delegate as you move up.
Invest in great friendships and take time along the way to do the things you love.
Pick the right partner!
Create the life you want by being focused in the direction of what you want for yourself today and feeling positive about achieving it!!
Spend your precious time making the decisions and choices which will impact your life today and not on regrets about the past!! Regrets will not serve you!!
Forgive yourself for the choices and decisions you made in the past and move forward to create a wonderful life for yourself!!
I asked Peter whether he saw himself as a mentor or sponsor and, if so, how those relationships developed and whether he has mentored/sponsored both men and women. He says: “Yes, yes and yes. I’m quite passionate about teaching. I really believe that teaching is one of the highest callings and whatever profession we’re involved in we not only have a duty to teach and mentor the people we work with, we’re the better for it if we do it. It’s something that I see as extending across a much broader area than simply the juniors we work with in our organization. It might be younger people in other organizations, in our client organizations; it extends to all the people that we interact with, in a transaction for example. If you’re leading a transaction and you’ve got accountants and investment bankers and clients and other lawyers and other law firms …
Today’s post is the second of three excerpts from my interview with “Peter” a very successful and senior lawyer at one of Canada’s major law firms. I was thrilled he agreed to be interviewed. I hope you enjoy reading what he has to say and as usual your comments are most welcome!!
I asked Peter if he was advising a young woman who wanted to have a child or children, whether he would say go right ahead, sooner rather later. I was curious to know whether he felt there was a place today at the professional firms or elsewhere in the corporate world for a woman who takes longer to reach senior executive levels eg become a partner because she has chosen to have a family during her early work years. Do professional firms take this into account as a possibility? If it took someone longer to reach the required level …