You Get What You Give

an owl with glasses is reading a book in the woodsThis is an important week in my professional life. I am celebrating five years of service with Ideba, and it has caused me to look introspectively at my time as an intern, a research analyst, and a research manager for the company.

Although my career in market research began as a student worker at my university, my first and only full-time job in the field has been with Ideba. At first I wanted to write this blog about what I learned in those critical first years of swimming with the big fishes of marketing. I quickly realized that would take too long. Instead, I want to detail things which have not changed regarding my viewpoints on business, professionalism, and work ethics.

  1. Being honest, generous, and doing the right thing in all situations can be difficult, but, the best deals in business benefit all parties involved. I can say that in my entire professional career I have never once taken advantage or tricked another person for money, power or otherwise and feel better because of it.
  1. Be respectful of peers, even if they are competitors. No one likes awkward situations that come with jealousy or contempt. I’ve always found it’s better to do your best to shine, move on if you’ve been wronged, and recognize the next big opportunity is around the corner.
  1. Don’t put up with people that treat you disrespectfully. Avoid them for the most part because they are prone to taking advantage of you, leaving you with less than you had, and they won’t give their misdeed a second thought.
  1. Work hard. It goes without saying that fortune favors those who put in time and energy while striving for perfection. While intelligence gets you so far, talent arises from not giving up when you fail, not submitting work you are not proud of, and always ensuring accuracy.
  1. Team work is just as much about helping when asked as it is about asking for help when needed. Most my professional successes were a result of someone else’s willingness to work with me to come up with ideas and enhancements. Everyone at a company is working for the success of that company, so proactively make suggestions and ask for recommendations.

My biggest personal accomplishment in business was verifying the hope I had when starting work at Ideba five years ago. I have been reassured time and again that among all the uncertainty of the financial world, one thing remains constant: you get what you give.

Do you have any beliefs or maxims about work which have stood the test of time? Share them with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

—Lee Sumner, Sr. Research Manager