This morning I was given the opportunity to meet Paul Maurice, head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, and listen to him speak on leadership. While his entire presentation was thought-provoking, there was a part that really resinated with me.
As you know, about 6 weeks ago I accepted a new position, made the decision to relocate to Raleigh and have not stopped moving since. While this has been the most exciting time of my life, it's also full of change. Nearly everything about this transition is unfamiliar, therefore a lot of my time is spent learning and listening. Learning new processes, learning new colleagues - adapting to new surroundings all around. That being said, during this morning's discussion, Maurice mentioned 3 things he has absorbed through his career that I wrote down, with hopes I can apply this advice to all that is changing and new. While he recommended these ideas as important in becoming a successful leader, I feel that they're quite fitting in finding success as a professional.
First - Ask questions, even when you think you know the answer.
Second - Display an absolute, undeniable belief in yourself, especially when you're not sure.
Lastly - Speak in public as often as possible, as this is where most people are most uncomfortable.
It's safe to assume that the most obvious reason this portion stuck out to me is because these are three traits that I, personally tend to sometimes lack. While I have always been the person who has the most questions, I am rarely the one that asks. I fear that in asking questions, I am placing burden on someone who has other things to concentrate on.
The second basically defines confidence in your work. As a confident person outside of the office, I absolutely need to find a similar confidence in my new position. This is something prior to this morning I have thought about, and set a goal for myself to become acclimated with the new job & city before March 1, with hopes that will inspire confidence.
As for speaking in public, this varies by situation, but when I get nervous before hand, it's over. I tend to break out into a very attractive sweat, with a bright red face and chest. Clearly, this is something I need to practice more often to overcome.
I really enjoyed this morning, and am looking forward to similar experiences in the future. It's really exciting to be in a community of young professionals who are excited to network, learn and grow together.
And, oh yeah - GO CANES!