Can't limit this to just one person or role.
Virginia C. Hire Damrauer
For me, I had a few managers/supervisors in the past who I don't want to emulate. People within the office that I didn't look forward to crossing paths or interacting with throughout the day. Taking that experience to my next job (where I met Smartsheet 😍), I never want to have that type of relationship with a manager nor for me to be that manager to others. So, ensuring that the professional and personal relationship with my supervisors, reports, and peers is at a level where there's energy and excitement to engage with one another whether it be in the office or through remote means.
I've had great managers, mentors, and friends who have guided and aided me throughout my career. I wouldn't be where I am today without some of them and their wisdom. However the person who made the biggest impact on my career is my wife. She believes in me, supports and encourages me, and is there for me no matter what. Her support is endless and unwavering. I don't even want to imagine where I'd be without her.
This is a BIG question. There definitely is a lot that goes into our careers. I would like to say keeping our passion growing. For me, I believe engaging in innovation, learning, and always trying to do better is key! Smartsheet for sure has taught me many ways to save time through automation and efficiencies. Helping others gives me satisfaction to do more!
It was hot that day and I was covered in mud, dirty water and sweat. I was digging a spot for a welder to lay down so he could finish the last tie in weld on the project. It was a 18 mile long natural gas gathering pipeline nestled in the rolling hills of Northern Pennsylvania.
Having studied at Penn State for Civil Engineering and graduated in high school at the top of my class, I considered myself a scholar. I was not scared of hard work but that shale rock in Pennsylvania is dense at times, especially in full Fire Retardant clothing.
The welder looked down at me and grumbled “What’s the matter boy, can’t run a shovel?” I didn’t like the shovel anymore than it liked me but my son was just born and a Dad has to feed his family of course.
I didn’t respond, I finished the job, climbed out of the trench and walked up the hill. Two weeks later I left that project for a chance to be a Natural Gas inspector. I never looked back, that chance prospered into a career in project management that I love where I found my passion, helping people build bridges between their software, workflows and clients. This year, I took another chance and started Skyway Consulting Co.; a workflow consulting firm that has been built on the same principles that caused me to walk away from that project.
That shovel taught me another way, the Skyway.
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My former Director of Human Resources for sure. She introduced me to Smartsheet, and I built my job around it. She has since retired on her boat in the Bahamas.
As a creative thinker and big ideas person, I benefit greatly from all my interactions and a notepad is never far from reach! However, my greatest mentor has been a management coach from We Will, Inc. who led a 6-month intensive management program that I was fortunate to participate in several years ago. You don't have to be a manager to benefit from lessons in "Managing Up". It was about learning to read the room, "The 5 Whys" (you literally, on average, need to ask "why" 5 times before you solve the real issue), getting leadership buy-in, and practicing self-care. I am grateful to have the opportunity to still work alongside this coach.
Well, this may sound a bit narcissistic, but it is me. I am the one who chooses how to react to everyday situations and challenges. I plan my future goals and execution. I am responsible for my own motivation. Are there people that help me along the way? Of course! Without them, I could not achieve my goals. However, the bottom line is, it all depends on me.
There have been a few. My dad for showing me how to have a good work ethic, my high school gf sister who talked to me about what college program to enroll in and why, my previous supervisor who helped craft my skills and encouraged/helped me to get my master's, PMP, and RCDD. Lastly, an ex-gf who sparked my interest in personal growth and reading. There are others I am probably not mentioning, but so many people, some in ways they dont know, have helped guide me, but those few I listed have had the most significant impact.
I would have to say that my manager also has had the biggest impact on my career. She has given me the confidence, support, and trust to not just show up and do my job every day, but to take it above and beyond. She is one of those managers you WANT to do your best for and I couldn't be happier to work with her every day.
My last manager and her boss have had the most impact on my career. They were both incredible leaders who provided me with opportunities to completely change my role from operational to project management. They have helped me to grow and work outside of my comfort zone to develop my skills. Although I'm no longer lucky enough to be reporting to them both, they are still friends and mentors who are happy to guide me through career changes and support my development.
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