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  1. Jason (reply)

    January 10, 2017 at 8:21 pm


    Thanks for this reminder! This was a great article!

  2. Susan Teague (reply)

    September 2, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Yes! I had a mentor teach me these lessons when I was a young administrative assistant at AT&T. Somewhere (probably from novels & movies) I got this idea that if I worked hard enough, someone would be impressed with me, pick me to become a leader, and help me “up the ladder”. I got so frustrated when that wasn’t happening! Later I learned to identify a career goal, get busy doing the footwork to acquire the skills needed to meet that goal, and enroll my peers and leaders in helping me reach that goal. I have had some pretty amazing opportunities come out of that learning!

    Now I have a class I love to teach called Driving Your Development, which emphasizes those lessons, lots of self-awareness, and telling your boss. Since part of a great leader’s role is secession planning, we can make their jobs easier by thoughtfully designing our own path and asking for their help and guidance.

    • Rob McCleland (reply)

      September 4, 2017 at 2:01 pm

      Wow Susan!

      I wish I had learned some of these lessons earlier like you have. And now you have the privilege of teaching them to others! I think I’d recommend that just about everyone I know get behind me in line to sign up for your class on taking responsibility for your own development, progress and growth. We all need caring friends along the way, but those friends usually won’t show up unless we ask them. Great comments; thanks!

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