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Lessons from our Women's Network Breakfasts: Hannah Grove, CMO of State Street

Posted by Hannah Grove, Chief Marketing Officer, State Street Corporation on June 12, 2018

Every month at our Women’s Network Breakfasts, 300 women and men meet over breakfast to hear from a female executive making an impact on Boston’s success. Time and again our attendees value the opportunity to connect with the community, and the perspectives of our speakers shared in an intimate and approachable environment. When State Street CMO Hannah Grove joined us, her easy conversation with Anna Foster of A Maven's World and clear point-of-view made sure this was no exception. We asked her to share some of the points that resonated strongly with our attendees (below). Join us for our next Women’s Network Breakfast, and stay on our email list to hear first about our upcoming speakers and programs.   

Like many of us, my career journey has had its share of twists and turns – and more than a few jarring bumps. But one constant has always been learning and being challenged.  Along the way I have found the following tenets to be helpful.  I hope you do too:

  1. Believe you can. Ignore the voice inside of our heads that says we can’t do something; that we’re not qualified or not smart enough. We are often our own worst enemies. Know that we can accomplish great things.  Believing in ourselves is half the battle.

  2. Be true to yourself. Confidence comes from being our authentic selves. When we are true to ourselves and comfortable with who we are, our individuality and uniqueness shine. Others will respect us too, sensing that we are strong and capable of standing up for ourselves and our beliefs.

  3. Know and communicate your value proposition. In our careers, it’s vital to relate to others, communicate succinctly, and truly listen to what people are saying. Learn how to articulate your value proposition. It’s about what we have to offer a team or organization and the benefits we bring, not our career history or how far we want to go.  And if you need help identifying how best to express yourself, think about assembling an informal board of directors you can rely on for honest feedback.

  4. Follow your passion. This means not always doing what we think we should do. Hard work does not always result in happiness; so to stay engaged you must love what you do (at least most of the time).

  5. Maintain balance. Work cannot be all consuming. It’s critical that we make time for ourselves, our families and our friends. I believe it makes us better in our careers when we feel we have whole lives.

  6. Set realistic goals. Set goals that are challenging yet attainable, and pick just one “stretch” goal, as opposed to them all falling within that category.  Forward momentum drives progress and confidence.

  7. Choose your distractions. Please unplug. Today, innumerable distractions tug at our attention from all over: smart phones, social media, 24/7 breaking news, alerts and “must-see” TV. It wastes time, leaving us with little energy to focus on ourselves and others. Just walk away.

  8. Less attitude, more gratitude. Think about how positive people lift you up, and how negative ones drain you. Who would you most like to be around? Be that positive person. Yes, life is hard, and it will always present challenges, but try to view the glass as half full.  Rather than resent the opportunities you don’t have, embrace and make full use of the ones that you do.

  9. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Whatever your title or position, don’t allow it to consume your entire identity (and this relates to the previous point about balance.)  One day, when that title or position inevitably goes away, you want to be left with a whole you.

  10. Remember, our careers are a journey. You should never stop learning and experiencing new things — the day you stop doing so is the day that your career stands still.