When you’ve worked as long as I have (almost 30 years, but who’s counting?), if you’re fortunate, you get the opportunity to work with special people who care as much as you do about their work, and more importantly, each other. Two of the people in my life who fit this bill are Jen Dawkins and John Pasquarette. Jen and John have been lifelong companions on my professional journey, and in the process became confidants and friends. Just as the Brene Brown quote below implies, the trust and respect I have with each of them was earned over many years through hundreds of projects, deliverables, failures and successes.
That’s why I was so honored to recently receive LinkedIn recommendations from them both.
Rebecca is a real pro whom I trust and go to for almost any business or marketing conundrum to get her perspective. We worked together for many years at National Instruments, where she built a strong team and proved her chops as a leader, manager, and communications guru even in the most technical markets. She did more than just help frame the message but added business value in many more dimensions. She has a knack for pushing, challenging, and rethinking concepts with you to get to a better result in a way that is collaborative, supportive, and fun. — John Pasquarette, Vice President, eBusiness and Global Platforms, National Instruments
I have had the privilege of working with Rebecca for most of my career. Early in my career, I joined National Instruments as part of the corporate communications department she led. Her passion, drive for excellence, and deep expertise made her an influential and credible leader. In this role, Rebecca was knowledgeable and innovative – constantly evolving the team’s role in the organization as we shifted to digital marketing, created the company’s first crisis communications strategy, and took our corporate responsibility efforts to the next level.
Later in my career, I chose to join her company, TREW Marketing, and had the opportunity to see her leadership and drive for innovation at a whole new level. Here, she created a collaborative, inspiring, and highly efficient work environment she coined, “laid-back excellence” – the most motivating environment I’ve ever worked in. As the face of the company, she brought credibility through original research, expertise, and phenomenal speaking opportunities. As a leader of the company, she was the source of endless new ideas, support and motivation to all of the staff, and a trusted advisor to our clients. — Account Director, TREW Marketing; previously Senior Group Manager, Corporate Communications, National Instruments
Are you earning the trust of your colleagues in each interaction you have? How would you rate the level of trust on your team? Is it time to take a time-out and assess and strengthen the shared trust, health and performance of the team?
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