I’ve been in business for 50 years and my path has been shaped by the people around me.
Virgin really is all about its people and it is more like a family than a business to me. I asked you who or what has helped shape your career for a chance to win a copy of my new autobiography Finding My Virginity.
Here are the winners:
Shannon Kimoto, Co-Owner & VP Accounts & Marketing, Handy Hero: To not be afraid to fail. And when you do, learn everything you can from it, get back up and aim for another shot.
Richard Dreverman, Sales Manager, Rolls-Royce: Best advice I ever received was from a gentleman by the name Kym Cramer who said “Never step on the toes today of someone who could be kicking you're arse tomorrow” Thanks Kim.
Clarke Bellamy, Manager, 311 Citizen Services at The City of Calgary: Before my mentor left the organization he told me a few things; be humble, know one thing about each of your team, a hobby, passion, a skill and be personable. It’s not the work, it is the people that gets the work done. He told me to get to know my team and share a little bit about Clarke. As I was transitioning to his role I was excited but also somewhat nervous taking on the leadership reigns. I mentioned to him that these were big shoes to fill, he replied back “Clarke they are still only shoes”. Those words of wisdom have carried with me for some time now and I have modelled that into my leadership approach. My experience has taught me you get more done together than by yourself. Leadership is not lonely when you have your team walking in the same direction.
Nicola Burdett, BA(H) AfCGI HR Development Manager at Royal Air Force (RAF): We rise by lifting others.
Kristen M. Stanton Founder and CEO of UniGuide, Inc: Focus much more on your strengths and what’s working than on your weaknesses and what isn’t.
@nariaznavour: In life, you never get what you deserve. You get what you negotiate 😉
@pewpewlazerdan: I attended a conference and one of the guest speakers said something that really resonated with me. "Whatever you're doing, make sure you'd be doing it even IF you were failing. That's your true north and it pulls you through life. Then it's not a struggle to get up in the morning and get stuff done." Wise words indeed. #findingmyvirginity
@the_toaster_in_your_kitchen: My boss once told me ‘You do your best work when you’re uncomfortable. Because it means your challenging yourself to be a better professional.’
@nsudders: If you think you can’t, you probably should
Chip Elbers: When in a leadership role, always try to surround yourself with people that are smarter than you. Don't fear the intelligence of others. Utilize it to make your organization better. You really don't have to be the smartest person in the room to be successful. #FindingMyVirginity
Duncan Kitune: Never give up. The Most successful entrepreneurs don't look for money, they look for solutions to problems and money follows them.
Traci Prendergast: Never hire anyone you wouldn't trust with the keys to your house.
Noah Vincent Ford: "The best way to predict the future is to create it..."
Thomas Zeeb: Be honest with yourself: when it‘s no longer fun, have the courage to do something else. Only then will you truly succeed.
Laura Miller Holt: Write it down. Document into a knowledge base what you learn and discover both as a way of finding the info again for yourself and as a resource for others to help you.
Kimberly Victoriano: It’s not about who you know but who knows you. I learned that from my professor who encouraged everyone to step up and do more public speaking. He also mentioned to take up more projects that no one else wants to do.
The competition is now closed. Here are the Ts & Cs for good measure.