"What is the best one sentence piece of career advice you've ever given or received?"
That was the prompt I put out to the executives of my company. Pariveda puts a huge emphasis on talent development and mentorship so I decided to crowdsource the movement and get the input of a combined couple hundred years of experience. Here is what they had to say.
Never stop growing yourself and others. If you do, you die a little bit everyday you’re not.
Treat your customers/clients as you would some of your closest friends.
In this world, people make all the choices and if you figure out the people part then you'll be very successful.
Never do anything well you don't want to do for a long time-- the corollary: become really good at the things you enjoy doing and the demand will follow.
Leaders are only leaders IF people choose to follow. Without followers, leaders aren't.
Expect more of yourself than others do; never let a 3rd party (employer, market, colleague) challenge you more than you challenge yourself.
Discipline - will help you grit through not only the most mundane of tasks but also the most complex.
You can only fail forward.
Always be candid, forthright, honest, and fair.
Bring solutions. Managers get barraged all day long with problems. If you can take something off their plate by bringing a solution, you are a net contributor and make their life easier.
Read the situation, think about the other person, build relationships and don’t be afraid of hard work.
Invest your 8a-9:30a window of opportunity each day towards your most important priority.