Paperclip Career Advice
By suncpo on Jan 31, 2008
Some advice is just too good not to share. This is a piece of mind blowing advice from Rhonda MacLean who is currently the Director of Security for Barclays Bank. (See http://www.veracode.com/board-of-advisors/rhonda-maclean.html) She kicks butt on any continent. It has nothing to do with the substance of privacy but everything to do with survival in an amorphous professional career path in a brand new or undefined field.
I call it paper clip advice because once you see it, you may be tempted to think that it's obvious or so ubiquitous that it does not bear repeating. I wish I had invented the paper clip.
Here it is (& I quote): "Be the CEO of your own career."
That's what she said.
I've been thinking about this since she said it at the Executive Women's Forum last Fall. (This is a group that merits some discussion in another post-- it's for folks in the privacy, data management, security, risk, and compliance functions & I have found it to be a must do for my calendar.)
Since that time I have been taking stock- so to speak- of my stakeholders (both professionally & personally), my assets and liabilities, my unique characteristics that make my own personal enterprise valuable or able to trigger value in others. I have started to document things to honestly report to my stakeholders progress and areas where I need more assistance. I've started to think about overall goals, quarterly, annually, overall.
You get the picture. Run your career as carefully and in some ways objectively as you would run a company.
Has my stock risen? Perhaps only in my own reckoning so far, but the exercise in taking a hard look at what is & what can be and where my team needs to go to get our objectives met has been as useful in holding a complex challenge neatly in a consumable package as, well, the humble paper clip. Elegant, tidy and perfectly engineered.
Thank you Rhonda. You are an inspiration.