… science projects. Connections matter; make them. If you are treating your next generation of customers as acquisitions, you won’t keep them.
CP: Is there a slogan or a philosophy that you try to follow in your business career?
Verma: Esther Hicks said, “The most valuable skill or talent that you could ever develop is that of directing your thoughts toward what you want.”
Reynolds: “Peaks and Valleys.” You may not always be taken seriously, make the best decisions or have a good day, but the most important part of it is learning from every experience and applying that knowledge to the future. It’s a simple concept, but effective. It has gotten me through a lot of down times. There’s always a peak after a valley.
White: Stay true. At the end of the day I have to look at myself in the mirror and feel comfortable with who I am, what I do and how I do it. I remind myself every day to not compromise my morals or convictions. I’m in this for the long run and my name or “brand” is important to me.
CP: What advice do you have for young people as they try to advance their careers?
Leveston: “Twelve months to show me, 18 months to make it happen.” This is the stance that I take as it pertains to my career. I’ve approached every opportunity as a stepping stone and have always been open with my managers about my desire to progress. Twelve months to show me that there is upward mobility and 18 months to give me an opportunity to get in that position. Since I know some will read this with a “millennial bias,” this rule can only be applied if you are a top performer!
Reynolds: Listen. We often want our own ideas put out there quickly in order to get ourselves noticed, but that’s not always the best practice. Your peers and managers value (just as you do with your peers and managers) someone who listens before they act.