Tuesday, March 23, 2010, AM | 2 Comments
Ursula M. Burns, who became the new CEO of the 130,000 employees Xerox company in July 2009, have a few words to rank and file as well as managers at all levels. She is the first African-American woman to head a major corporation.
She is also the first woman to succeed another woman – Ms. Mulcahy – in the top job at a company of this size. In my opinion, her opinion matters a lot not only to her company’s employees but to employees in other businesses, big and small as well.
Ms. Burns has many advices for her own employees which are general in nature and can be applied by senior executives in any organization. I am sure, most of us know these advices already but we still lag behind in our performance. So this is a reminder of utmost to do our best and give it our best shot.
- Get over the past but learn from mistakes
- Take more initiative in work
- Be assertive in dealing with others
- Become more fearless but not enough to insult others
- Be more impatient with one another to ratchet up performance
- Act a bit more like a real family
- Stay civil and kind but assertive
Ms. Burns says her own mother used to tell her
- You have to be good people
- You have to be successful
- You have to learn and you have to be curious
- Remember, you don’t live in the gutter but you live very close to the gutter.
In a Nutshell
I think many of us can achieve what Ms. Burns has achieved. We need to prioritize, set our goals, know what we want to do, what we are good at, and perhaps more importantly, what we don’t want to do so we can concentrate on the essentials of getting advanced in our career.
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