Jul 10, 2017
What is the recipe for making a bold career move? Is it
taking big leaps, small steps or a combination of both? For
Senior Marketing Manager Katie
Lewandroski, has carved out a career that is based on an inner
strength (she is a marathon runner and completed an
ultra-marathon), risk taking mentality and has embraced challenges
even when she didn’t have all the answers. Katie is an
excellent example of how a high performer is viewed also as high
potential by creatively gaining access to senior leadership,
working across functional areas and seeking out mentors.
5 Ways You Can Make a Bold
- Embrace challenges. Katie started out at an
agency and delivered exceptional value to her clients with a
“whatever it takes” attitude. Her work ethic lead to a career
opportunity working for a large Fortune 500 Pharma company, when
her former client hired her.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. One of the
key characteristics of a rising star is the ability to seek out
help to fill in any gaps in knowledge or experience. After
making a big career move from agency to corporate, Katie connected
with mentors in the new organization, and they gave her resources
to learn everything she needed to succeed.
- Look for opportunities to shine. Katie shared
how she volunteered to be on a cross-functional committee that
included all areas within the organization, procurement, finance,
regulatory, sales, marketing, R&D. The one year
assignment allowed her not only to gain access to functions within
the company she might otherwise not otherwise interact with, she
was visible to senior leaders who saw her initiatives and applauded
- Go the extra 10%. Katie recognized that if she
wanted the opportunity to meet with the VP of her division, it
wouldn’t happen during a busy work day. She decided to arrive to
work at 6:30 AM when the senior leader had time for
conversation. Gaining access to senior leaders might mean
arriving really early or leaving late…and it is worth it.
- Don’t look back. If you have the chance to
make a move, internally, or across the country like in Katie’s
situation, evaluate and then go for it. Having a Carpe Diem
mindset will foster upward opportunities in your career.
Katie’s philosophy on collaborating with others includes “being
nice” to people you work with both suppliers and other
employees. Sounds so simple and when applied to relationships
at work, it makes everyone’s experience collaborating much more
Favorite Resources: Tools
of Titans by Tim Ferriss, Inc.
Magazine and Fast
You can find Katie on LinkedIn and in
Group. and visit Rock Your Trade
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Credits: Big thanks to Christy Haussler and Team Podcast for amazing editing
of this episode!