by Kevin Chuang (@kevinchuang)
We recently heard from Christa Quarles, the CEO of OpenTable, at Stitch Fix HQ, who shared her career journey from starting in Wall Street to paving the way at Disney and then transitioning to start up life at Nextdoor before leading OpenTable. She also shared tips and advice on work-life balance.
1. Time is more valuable than money: Where you spend your work time should be the best investment you make! When you are thinking about joining a team or organization, you should look at that place like it is a business and ask yourself: Is this a good place for me to grow and be challenged? Do I love the culture and working with the people on my team? If these two essentials are working for you, the rest can be figured out.
2. Be malleable: Do not be wedded to a particular way of finding a result. Your career journey is long, so you should find something that you are excited about! The early phase of your career is about trying different things to see if they are right for you and not being afraid to make a change when they're not going as planned.
3. Stay true to yourself: Be authentic. If you feel like you are starting to lose who you are, you can not be your best worker, so bring the best part of you into any conversation.
4. Go ALL IN: This is the key in leadership, really going all in! For most people, it is the fear of getting into the game, but you will not even know what you are capable of until you play. When you try and put yourself out there, it is amazing to see what you can do. When you fail, that is ok— just dust yourself off and learn to get back up again.
5. Finding mentors: Spend time networking and learning from other people's stories. Use this pattern for filter recognition because it is important to find mentors who are going to shepherd you in your career. Make sure to find people who take an interest in you and your career, and those who are willing to spend time with you and help along the way.
6. Final takeaway:
"Everyone deserves the right to be joyful in their work. Keep on the pursuit. Don’t sell yourself short." @cquarles #gonesocialsf
— Gone Social SF (@gonesocialsf) June 22, 2016