Today’s post is the first of five excerpts from my interview with “Jane” a successful women with a very unique position in the US government. I was happy she agreed to be interviewed and granted me permission to “tell her story!!” I hope you enjoy reading it and as usual your comments are most welcome!!
I asked Jane to tell me about her educational background and career history.
Jane says: “Okay, I’m going to go with full disclosure of my background because it might be helpful to younger girls. I’ll go a little deeper than I usually would. Normally, I start with college but I think it’s important to let younger ladies know that regardless of your background, if you work really hard you can do all sorts of amazing things. I come from a family where nobody graduated high school. All of the adults in my life were very hard-working, my …
In the words of the great Coco Chanel:
“You can be gorgeous at thirty, charming at forty…and irresistible for the rest of your life.”
I look back at my life with deep gratitude and joy and forward with great anticipation and delight!!
Happy Birthday to Me!!
My husband Dan Nixon was inspired by Colleen Campbell’s “Top 10 Tips to Success” to come up with his own list. In his words:
1. Understand the character, competence and work ethics of all your partners or potential partners. If they are not up to your expectations, move on.
2. Loyalty. Never, ever be disloyal, even when things are going bad do not be disloyal to others.
3. Chemistry, team approach. Ensure you work in a all-for-one environment. The team is important, the individual is not.
4. Have a good sense of humour. Try to make each day at work a delight for yourself and your co-workers.
5. Have and use common sense and good judgement.
6. Identify the leadership style of your superiors – do they manage up or down – you can work with it either way. Always, always be supportive and helpful to subordinates and co-workers. Try to help them before going up …
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!