I have four key questions that can be game-changing in defining who you are, as I believe we are all women worth watching.
What do you wake up thinking about? It is easy to become consumed by emails, meetings, school events, and activities. I have four children, two dogs, some fish, and an amazing husband. I also have a full-time job supporting a few thousand people in thirty-three locations around the world. This is what grounds me. I wake up every day and ask, How can I make my leaders better leaders? How can I help my children be better people? Did I remove an obstacle, recognize good work, give someone hope, or solve a problem? It is important to ask yourself these questions.
Know why you work where you do. Contrary to popular belief, this is a choice. I chose Stryker because collectively as an organization we have drive. I am surrounded by people who I admire and want to be more like. You need to know why you chose your organization. If you don’t know, remember: You are allowed to decide. Why did you choose your employer?
Ask yourself why you chose your career. Why are you an attorney? A nurse? Stay-at-home parent? Veterinarian? I chose HR because I understand talent and where to use that talent to achieve results. You have unique perspectives and talents—use them.
Ask yourself what gives you joy. We all like to laugh at a good movie or joke or as my four-year-old debates if she should be a rock star or a nun. What has made you smile today? Life is too short to not find your moments of joy.
What does it take to succeed and stay competitive in your position/field?
Humility and embracing that I do not know everything. It is critical for me to know where to find the answer and identify talented, smart people who can drive our business.
Is there a role model who has had a profound impact on your career and/or life? What did he/she motivate you to do?
I have been blessed with many great mentors, but three stand out to me. My mom showed me there were no limits—I could do and be anything. One of my first mentors, Becky Jackson, taught me to surround myself with great people and empower them. Lonny Carpenter, my current leader, has taught me about authenticity and to know your “true north.” He taught me to lead from who you are. Each of my mentors’ lessons have helped define who I am.