As a woman entering the workforce for, perhaps, the first time, it’s likely you will be peppered with advice from everyone — your professors, your parents, the motivational speaker on Instagram.
It can be hard to sift through these words of wisdom to determine what advice is truly worth taking.
Currently, I sit as the executive vice president, chief commercial officer of orthobrain®, a company dedicated to empowering dentists to provide orthodontic care and drive growth within their practices.
In my years working for global organizations to develop growth systems for orthodontic business solutions, I’ve learned what really works — not only from a business profitability standpoint, but also culture and people development. I make it a point to pass along these pearls to my lead team and to the women I mentor.
Here are the three things I always keep in mind.
1. The company you keep is key.
One of the most important things to consider when looking into potential employers is whether their values match yours. If you want to grow in your career, you need to join an organization that will allow (and encourage) you to flourish.
When people who are invested in you, and are willing to give you the time, space and feedback to advance, the result can be powerful for both career advancement and ensuring you feel valued in your role.
Since joining orthobrain®, I’ve built a core leadership team, and they in turn have built their own teams. Our employees thrive, in part, because they know I trust and support them. And we all benefit, because they feel empowered to bring forth new ideas.
Building a positive culture and environment where every employee feels like they are a part of something great is the core of our business.