Magazine article Working Mother

My Aha! Moment

Magazine article Working Mother

My Aha! Moment

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JoSe VaN DiJk, 44 senior director, global oPerations for cisco MoM to tobias, 11, and nikki, 8

More than a decade ago, I moved from Amsterdam to Singapore to set up a customer and sales support operations team. I hired a local person from Singapore as my chief of staff and asked him to mentor me on local customs. I continuously asked for feedback from my team, but I felt I wasn't getting the responses I had hoped to get. When I pleaded with my mentor to be honest, it turned out that I was being too direct, which is something that was perceived differently in this region. after i adjusted my approach, i was able to establish strong relationships with my team members and communicate effectively. Together we created a highperforming team with members in china, korea, Singapore, australia and Japan.

Nicole Fuller, 42 PrinciPal at Deloitte MoM to Madison, 9 Months

Several years ago, I had the good fortune to find a coach who helped me gain the skills-and gumption- I needed to boost my career. We met through a development program for high-potential managers. I had a tendency to under estimate my potential, even though I had won high marks for my industry knowledge, peoplemanagement skills and success in business development. My coach helped me improve my selfassessment skills and make bolder choices. She also helped me think big. Together we created a plan of action that included polishing my staff-management skills, growing my network and honing my client-consultation and business-development skills. Our plan enabled me to reach my goal of becoming a principal at Deloitte. Today I believe there's no limit to what I can do.

DeNiSe holloMaN, 50 Vice President of continuous iMProVeMent and Manufacturing suPPort for General Mills MoM to christoPher, 19, and shannon, 15

My aha! moment happened almost 10 years ago during a career dis cussion with a former manager. Prior to that conversation, I'd always approached my career from the perspective of "I just want to do meaningful work that I enjoy." When I shared this with my manager, he smiled and said, "That's fine. But in this game, that's not how you keep score!" He then told me that I was one of the most talented members in his organization (of which I was the only woman and person of color). …

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