I’m learning to lead
My teammates make me a better leader. Seeing how colleagues manage client expectations, project milestones and internal teams has had a profound impact on me. Now that I’m learning to coach others and manage teams, I use a similar approach. I make time to hear input from everyone, especially newer and quieter teammates. I believe creative thinking, and seeking opinions and perspectives set us apart from other firms.
“Doing things differently is a challenge that takes valuing everyone’s ideas, including your own.”
Senior Associate, Strategy and Transformation
I’m free to be resourceful
I’m empowered to think in creative ways. For an initiative I led, I needed to coordinate integration of two software systems. When I discovered there was no out-of-the-box integration, I tapped into the firm’s resources including my colleagues. I created a workaround, folding the two systems into a third and automating the entire process. The solution worked seamlessly, boosting my confidence for future challenges.
I can be myself
At other points in my life, I felt I had to play a role to be like everyone else. I hid whatever made me different, such as being a Chinese American immigrant. Here, I can be authentic in my work and relationships. It’s what led me to take a leadership role with the firm’s Pan-Asian business resource group and to help implement a firm initiative to address discrimination. Now I embrace all parts of my identity.