Stand Taller by Helping Others to Get Ahead

stand tall pyramid Lisa Ryan chief appreciation strategist at Grategy gratitudeHelp others get ahead. You will always stand taller with someone else on your shoulders.” Bob Moawad

When I accepted my job in medical sales, I was tasked with giving my two-week notice to my boss.  I knew it was going to be a difficult conversation, as I had worked for Dale for six years and we were good friends.

I called Dale first thing in the morning to share the news. I asked him if he was sitting down, and then shared that I had taken a new position.  He said nothing. I told him, “Let’s talk in a couple hours when you’ve had time to process what I just said.”

A few hours later, we had a conversation and I let him know everything that my new position offered. I was going from a straight-commission, independent contractor to a Territory Manager with a large medical company, nice salary, excellent benefits, company car, etc. It was a definite upgrade in my career.

Instead of being mad or disappointed in my leaving, Dale opted to be proud of me. He was excited to see he leap I was making in my career, and as he looked to fill my position, he used my story as a source of encouragement to show potential candidates where they could land in time.

To this day, Dale has always been one of my biggest supporters and best friends. I am grateful that he chose to help me in my career with his encouragement instead of keeping me back.

Who has helped you in your career?  Make it a point to acknowledge their support today.

Have fun,

Lisa

PS – If you don’t already have a “Dale” in your life, make it a point to find one.