Sep 10, 2011 3:11:00 PM
May 11, 2011 6:57:00 PM
One of the best ways to grow as a professional is to get direct feedback, rather than indirect feedback via surveys or infrequent performance reviews. However, asking for feedback can be awkward. I mean, it’s not a common phrase in daily conversation to go up to someone and say “Hi, I’d like to get some feedback on my presentation back there.”
May 1, 2011 12:09:00 PM
Near the end of my graduate summer internship at Intel Capital, my boss Nancy Kamei, asked me to present a dry-run of my investment thesis to her prior to going in front of the investment committee. Having won a few debate competitions in the past, I didn’t think there was much to this and presented the deck and materials I knew cold. I was stunned when she said to me “that was quite bad. You are not ready at all.”
Career Advice I Wish I Knew Earlier
Hello. I started this blog to distribute some of the best career advice I have been given over the many jobs I've had. I've been fortunate to work for and with some great bosses like Brian Halligan, Francis DeSouza, Nancy Kamei, and Rick Roberge, and some unique companies, like The Boston Consulting Group, that invest heavily in making each employee a success even after leaving the firm.
The advice and training I received here stands in contrast to my experiences with some not-so-great bosses and companies I've also worked for. I'm continualy amazed at how valuable good advice has been in my career so I hope to pass on the good advice, and insights from mistakes I've made, via this blog.
Thanks in advance for your comments, particularly when you can improve upon the ideas posted.