I love elephants.
I have an obsession with them.
They are pretty damn amazing creators.
My friend once asked me this psychological test: What are your three favorite animals and 3 attributes why you love them.
I don’t want to give away what the test represents (until you’ve had a chance to ponder it) but I will say one of my animals is an elephant.
The attributes I named: they are family-centric, caring creatures who simply walk down the path of life without intentional harm to those in its way.
Now folks can disagree with me but this is what I choose to believe.
Elephants walk – to their goal, their destination: food, water, shelter, family.
So last weekend when I was waiting for my flight at LAX, cruising the isles of the Hudson Booksellers shop, I saw this book by the Harvard Business School Press –
And had to get it.
It’s a really quick read with 14 short story-type lessons. Here are the takeaways from my favorite chapter:
Three Essential Attributes for Career Advancement
* Effective leaders often exhibit high expectations, strong resilience and perseverance, and an affirmative attitude. These are the very attributes you’ll need to develop in order to rise through your organization.
* You shouldn’t hesitate to foster open lines of communications with superiors. They might surprise you with their willingness to assist.
* You must try not to get discouraged by adversity; everyone struggles through difficult times. Try to remain confident no matter what the challenge – and remember it too shall pass.
The lesson was written by Dina Dublon, Former CFO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
I think it’s the combination of Dina being a female, Dina being a female in finance, Dina being a female in finance at a large corporation that I personally dedicated 5 years of my life to… but I liked her lessons a lot.
And in the grand scheme of things – it’s more validation that I’m doing it right. And a supporting reminder to keep on keepin’ on.