There are Nine Growth Lanes an organization can take to scale. This webinar highlighted how it is possible to focus on your business's growth while strengthening your professional development by aligning yourself with one or more of these Growth Lanes.
Each of our panelists shared how associating themselves with a growth lane enabled them to advance their careers and leadership skills.
Chief Financial Officer; Scot Forge Company
Loretta explained how two specific attributes helped her combine personal and professional growth:
- Risk – Sometimes, we’ll have the ability to dive into an opportunity to enhance your growth opportunity. It can feel uncomfortable and take time away from home and create a level of stress.
- Patience – If you work within a new team as you take business risks, it will require your time to listen and focus on relationship building. Taking time, listening, and being available to the team is critical to accomplish a positive business outcome.
Taking risks and exuding patience can easily catch the eyes of those within the company who may look to advance you into other roles or opportunities that will continue to enhance your professional growth.
Latoya Conners Gray:
North American Director of Pricing, Technology, and Operations, W.W. Grainger
During this webinar, Latoya stressed the importance of prioritizing work and doing more with less. Be selective to what you say “yes” to, and be intentional in your choices. Hardships can be used as the foundation to discover your business strengths, dig deep, and plow forward.
Latoya applied these final thoughts to her respective growth lanes to get the audience thinking about ways to continue to grow as members of an organization:
- “Complexity that exists in an organization is more than meets the eye.”
- “If it’s worth fixing, it’s worth continuing the journey to make it better.”
- “Build teams that work together to drive strategy.”
Mary Ellen Grom:
Executive Director, Customer Experience Solutions, AFL
Mary Ellen focused on two elements within her story that were representative of her Growth Lanes:
- Power of aligning your personal core values with your career: Take time to reflect and determine if your values align with your company’s values. If these are out of alignment, there could be issues down the road.
- It’s all about the Pivot: Life will present us with unexpected events. Hardships create opportunities to do better for ourselves and others. Sometimes you have to move away from that comfort zone to have opportunity and ownership in what you want to do.
Mary Ellen also shared a few points that can help you grow professionally:
- “Never underestimate the power of a firm handshake.”
- “Connect the people. The dots will follow.”
- “Don’t get comfortable.”
- “Have a plan.”