What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Vice President (VP), Operations in Irvine:
"The extreme level of Politics and nepotism."
Be willing to get in the weeds, know your people, know their strengths and weaknesses, get their insight on challenges and opportunities. Execute change based on their insight, give them credit for helping drive the changes.
Vice President (VP), Operations in Long Beach:
"Don't Work For A Friend."
Share knowledge and always search for something better.
Vice President (VP), Operations in Ann Arbor:
"Start With Broad Based, Theoretical Education."
Elite schools offer broad based, theoretical education. This provides the opportunity to apply first principles to a many different fields of endeavor. Particularly for inventors and innovation leaders, having the broadest possible educational exposure assures the highest probability of success.
Vice President (VP), Operations in Hagerstown:
"Make Sure You Get What You're Worth."
As the saying goes, "hire cheap, always cheap." I made the mistake of settling for far too low a salary. Don't make the same mistake.