Cameron-Brooks alumnus Tom Wilson is a Business Consultant for Marketing Analytics with Nationwide Insurance. He supports a $50 million portfolio of financial products and services at Nationwide advising business unit managers on technology, marketing road maps, and industry trends. I asked Tom: What are three things JMOs in Year One of a business career should do and three things they should not do?
Here’s what he had to say.
Three things JMOs should do in year one.
- Work hard up front, put in the hours.
- Ask a lot of questions, be curious.
- Focus on continuous learning. Tom earned his Executive MBA in his first 3 years with Nationwide.
Three things JMOs should not do in year one.
- Don’t be overconfident. In other words, be humble.
- Don’t be in a rush. Take your time to learn, develop and make contributions. The responsibility will come.
- Don’t be overconfident. In other words, be humble. No, that is not a typo. Being humble is so important that Tom mentioned it twice.
Tom also adds in three things every JMO should do before the transition.
- Be proactive about self-development and, if you have time, earn a Lean Six Sigma or Project Management Certification.
- Read business books and periodicals.
- Get some exposure to the business trend, Big Data. You can search YouTube for some videos explaining this or find white papers online. Bottom line, businesses are harnessing a tremendous amount of data to analyze what is happening in their business and how they can better service customers.
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