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Every newbie professional wants a caring and supportive mentor who will usher him into his next role. But when you’re a rookie it’s a good time to take risks. Better to face criticism now so that you avoid it later on when the stakes are higher. Go out and find the most qualified and talented mentor, coach, or manager you can, and subject yourself to everything she can throw at you. Don’t run from the challenge, run towards it. If you’re terrified of a star manager in your organization, sign up to do a project with her. You may not love it now, but you’ll carry those lessons with you as you move up the ladder.
Became a Firefighter at…66
At age 5, Andrea Peterson was rescued from a fire in her family’s Los Angeles home. “I thought it was a great adventure,” she recalls. “I told the big firefighters that I wanted to be a fireman, too, and they laughed and said that little girls could not do that.” Still, when a car crashed on her front lawn several years later and burst into flames, Peterson trained the garden hose on the blaze. “The instinct was there, so I just did it!” she says.
Pressured by her parents to choose a more “gender appropriate” career, Peterson became a flight attendant. It wasn’t until 2008, after her husband passed away, that she finally started volunteering at a local fire station. At 107 pounds, she spent a year lifting weights and watching her diet before being approved for fire academy coursework. And when she began training in 2010 alongside men in their teens and 20s, she was ready. “At one point the department’s fitness officer asked me to pull him through the station in full gear and equipment—he weighed about 300 pounds,” she says. “I did as he requested, which perhaps surprised both of us!” In May 2011 she graduated, becoming the only woman on the department’s staff of 27 firefighters.
Peterson has now responded to more than 350 emergency calls, helping cardiac arrest patients, homeowners beating back a fire in frigid temperatures, and more. “The high point is the relief on people’s faces when we arrive,” she says. “I’ve always known that this was the job for me. It doesn’t matter how hard I had to work or how long I had to wait.”
Adapted from —Roxanna Font
Whether it’s an office rival or a well-intended colleague, someone will likely say something punitive or hurtful to you at some point in your career. When it happens, remember:
- Don’t respond right away. Resist the temptation to snap back. There is no use in getting angry or creating a nasty paper trail. Take time to cool off and then reply cordially.
- Determine if you’re overreacting. Ask yourself whether the comment was really that bad. Sometimes a thoughtful offer to help can seem like an insult.
- Forgive, but remember. Don’t hold a grudge, but keep in mind that if you are ever asked for a reference about the person, you can give a frank answer.
Adapted from “How to Deal with Critics” by Dorie Clark.
The average length of an elevator ride in New York City is 118 seconds. If you use that as a guide, it means you’ve got less than two minutes to deliver a winning elevator pitch for your amazing new idea — wherever you are. Start by grabbing your prospect’s attention in the first few seconds. Convey who you are and describe what your business offers. Focus on what’s in it for the person you’re pitching. Be sure to describe exactly what separates you from everyone else that sells the same product or service. If you hook her in, you might get to continue the discussion when you arrive at her floor.
Human performance is inconsistent–even world-class athletes have off days. Yet, most managers focus on their employees’ shortcomings when coaching and providing feedback. Sure we all have “opportunities for improvement,” but research shows that identifying and building strengths produces better results than focusing on faults. Next time you’re evaluating someone, remember that your goal is to raise their average performance, not critique a particularly good or bad day. Don’t hold back the praise because of a few missteps. It’s just as important to recognize and reinforce strengths as it is to point out where people fall short.