When I came to IBM, I said one of my aspirations was to help someone reach a Sr. VP in IBM. I don’t mean promote them, but I mean be part of their path. We all work in web of influence. Helping others mature along their paths and achieve to their highest levels is critical.
At the same time, it can mean promoting people to your level or above. It is impossible to not feel a twinge of jealousy. For me, I have to acknowledge this, but then move on. Good news is I think I got close.
My dear friend, colleague, and now Sr. VP Vijay at SAP has made it. In all honesty, I had very little nothing to do with it. Maybe an encouraging word or a bit of advice, but it was Vijay’s work ethic, willingness to take chances, and positive bright outlook on life, technology, and people that got him to this level.
It is not anyone, but all of these combined that has brought him success. At a large client, he took on the latest Netweaver features when everyone including me said they wouldn’t work. When they didn’t, he didn’t stop. He just got some help from SAP establishing a relationship with those in SAP and then succeeded. Later he turned his gregarious nature, sharp mind, and experience into a blog. At the point he entered the digital public domain, there were very few and no real IBM policy. Vijay has lead the way.
In the end, I think I gained the most. I learned to take a more positive attitude and avoid my darker side. I moved my blogging from inside IBM and inside of SAP, to this forum. While I don’t expect to gather the response that Vijay’s http://andvijaysays.wordpress.com/ blog gathers, it has been a learning experience for me.
Now that I have a colleague who made it to SVP in SAP; I’ll have to find someone to work with to make SVP in IBM. And let me challenge you, who are you helping move their career and life forward? I think you’ll find you get as much, or more than you give.