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!
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 …