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Jon Stilwell

Early in my product management career I was told by an incoming Director that I had given a (single) presentation that he didn't like, and therefore he questioned my ability to lead the team. This was my first presentation in front of him and a group. Within a week he moved me from the Acting Team Lead role to an Individual Contributor role - then brought in a former colleague from outside to get the Team Lead role. It seemed so ridiculous, based on one presentation. I was fuming: all because of one presentation?!

Then I realized (with spousal input as well :-)) that I should have consulted him prior to get his buy-in. And also realize the power of the 'network'. He wanted to bring in someone from outside. So I learned the power of networking and also of getting management buy-in before key presentations.

October 31 2014 at 11:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lauren Predebon

Hey JT, that's a cool piece of advice. I like your insights. In the name of Gen Y - why don't you write more addressing to us? A whole blog would be perfect :) There are so many challenges for us and most of what I see is criticism about y's and what they have to teach us. But I don't think all that is left for us is to adapt to the old way - even because Gen Y will take over progressively as X's and BB's retire. I don't mean by this that there is nothing to learn from the past, but if we could get a bit more consideration about our strengths it wouldn't be so hard to get these 20 seconds of courage and make our own unique contribution to the world.

December 19 2012 at 8:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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