An executive is a powerful leader who is in charge of their company’s growth, and it takes a lot of hard work, strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills to become one.
But you can be authentically yourself and still be a successful executive. In this episode of the Taking the Lead podcast, our host Christina Brady welcomes Jamie Kirmess, the managing director at Shift Paradigm. They talk about the power of being yourself, how to embrace your biggest strengths, and why you should never stop learning.
There’s beauty in youthful confidence
“The funny thing is that I didn’t have any of that insecurity when I was younger. I’m an ENTP personality type. So naturally, I’m very gregarious. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I love to learn and share information. And so, I went into this social media manager job being like, ‘I know social media, I can do it.’ I had no insecurities there.”
Don’t compare yourself to other people
“As you broaden and you learn, you learn that there’s so much more that you don’t know, and there are so many people that have other skills that you don’t have, and that’s a good thing. But it can be hard. It can be hard, in the moment, to see that as a good thing. It can be hard to not compare yourself to other people.”
Focus on the outcome
“If you tell somebody that this is the outcome that I need from you and put the learning and development in their court to say, ‘What do you need to work on to reach this outcome? How can I help you be successful?’ and create a safe environment where somebody can do that self-assessment, that will automatically give them more drive, I think — in my experience anyway — to go do the thing. So put it in their court.”
Interviewing for diversity of thought
“I have a competency model for my people. So, when I’m interviewing people, there are certain competencies that I need them to have, and how they approach those competencies or get to them are very, very different. So a competency might be customer orientation. And some of the behaviors that I would expect to see in customer orientation are things like reading client press releases, looking at earning reports, understanding what makes their clients tick, those types of things. And that can look very different.”