Make the Most of Where You Are

Have you ever heard the expression, “bloom where you are planted?”

It means to do your best in the position or situation you are in. To me, this phrase is relevant to leadership.

As a young leader, I was eager to move up fast. Many of you know what I mean when I say I once had a job that I did not like everything about.

However, I had to realize that many times you will not like everything about your job, but you can zone in on the things you do like and become an expert at them. Learning to stay planted in that job and use that experience to learn new tasks is so important. It can lead to some character-building experiences and help you gain insight about what you really are capable of doing.

As I climbed my way up the corporate ladder, I worked in many departments which now have become so valuable to me in my current position. I can relate to our staff and understand where they are coming from because I have been there.

When I mentor many college-aged students, I tell them to just get your foot in the door and apply yourself, stay focused and do your best. From this, new doors will begin to open and you can bloom further.

What advice would you give to a new leader/manager or employee starting out?
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Thank you,

Chantell Cooley