Last week I lost a dear friend and family member, Randy Granovetter. Randy was not only our Chief Technology Officer, but left behind her legacy as the founder of Jabra, the first female Chief Operating Officer of Microsoft Exchange, and an executive at numerous tech companies.
Randy taught me to pass on a legacy of my own to empower children, students, and growing business professionals. She bridged the generation gap with millennials and influenced my own passion to get involved mentoring the younger generation. Randy taught me numerous ways to empower them; with influential tips to keep in mind.
1. One job a year is not a good thing.
Jumping from job to job kills your career momentum and looks terrible on your resume. It takes two to three years to gain situational knowledge from any experience for your career.
2. Talent is overrated.
Being talented does not matter much if you do not work hard.
3. Realize you are more productive in the morning.
Make the most of your time in the morning because our activity wanes as the day goes on.
4. Social media is not a career.
Understand that social media should be a marketing tool in your arsenal, and it’s not your entire arsenal.
5. Pick up the phone!
I know you like texting, but there are many mediums to communicate, and a phone conversation is often more effective, efficient, and statistically successful.
6. Be the first one in and the last to leave.
Show your commitment to your career with effort. Being the first one into the office and the last one is what I call “being kind to your future self”, and it will pay dividends down the line.
7. Don’t wait to be told what to do.
If you are unsure, ask. The worst thing you can do is nothing. Take responsibility for yourself and do not sit around waiting for someone to hold your hand.
8. Take responsibility and be accountable for your mistakes.
Nothing makes the boss more frustrated than an employee who lives “below the line” in blame, shame, and justification to avoid acknowledging responsibility and accountability for their mistake.
9. Get your ass kicked.
The best type of superior is someone who pushes you to be your best. Being uncomfortable and living in your learning zone is the key to your growth. Do not be afraid to get your butt kicked and get out of your comfort zone!
10. Time is not a limitless commodity.
Everybody’s time comes to an end at some point, so make sure to maximize yours.
Randy, you will be missed. Your passion for empowering younger generations, as well as your generosity and love, will always be with us. We thank you for leaving us with an inspiring legacy to follow.
By: David Meltzer