It’s no secret that moms are the best, and their shared wisdom is priceless and timeless … with the exception of some out-of-date fashion tips such as not wearing white after Labor Day! It’s only natural that you reach out to Mom for advice when making an important, life-changing decision. Maybe you call her to ask what a good price for tomatoes is when you’re at the grocery store. The lessons learned from our moms is something we carry with us, and apply, throughout our lives.
As we undergo a major transformation at Tech Data to enhance how we work each day and how we serve our channel partners and the IT industry as a whole, many of us rely on those lessons to help us adapt to – and make the best of – the changes.
In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we reached out some of our Tech Data employees who are integral to our transformation efforts and asked: What are some lessons that you learned from your mom that you’ve applied to transformation? Read on to learn what they had to say.
Diane Serden, chief of staff, Tech Data Americas region:
- Patience is a virtue and nothing is perfect – be flexible and open;
- The only constant is change – don’t fear it; and
- Knowledge is power and it’s up to you to get the information you need to be ready.
Tiffany Embry, director, Transformation, Americas:
Be kind, considerate, respectful, and the person others want to work with. If you are a bully or run over people to get your way, you won’t be successful because everyone needs help. No one person can do it all by herself, all the time. Most importantly, be genuine. Be YOU.
You can’t know everything, and you shouldn’t have to. You just have to be resourceful. Be willing to put in the time and effort to do research and/or to work with others who can help you get the results you need. And then, be willing to help others too. Don’t be the taker of all and not give back. Share your time and knowledge to help others. What comes around, goes around.
Hire good people who are focused on doing the right thing, genuinely care about others, and like to win, or hate to lose. Then, you will always improve and grow together because you won’t want to let each other down and are focused on servicing those who matter, the customer and each other (co-workers, who become a family within a business).
Ryan McKenzie, director, Strategy and Transformation, U.S.:
Be curious and ask questions. It’s our curiosity in challenging the status quo and seeking a better way to support our partners that will drive transformational success for Tech Data.
Melody Ucros, manager, Business Innovation, Americas:
Put people first during any transformation; really listen to them, be transparent, and genuinely care about their goals and well-being because when you look back at your career, that’s all that will really matter.
Derick Fluker, vice president, Americas Logistics:
- Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today;
- Always put your best foot forward;
- Leave no stone unturned;
- Keep your eyes on the prize; and
- Finish what you started.
Angela Williams, manager, Product Management and Purchasing - Canada - tdONE:
Our past does not define our future. Thoughts determine actions and actions shape what you become, so that to me means choosing daily to build people up. Today, I look at my own daughter who is a mother, and I see my own transformation from fear to joy as I wish her a Happy Mother’s Day, knowing there’s a bright future ahead.
From the entire Tech Data team, Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, and thank you for all the invaluable life lessons!
About the author:
Cristina Lopez serves as a senior communications specialist for Tech Data’s Americas region. Her background, spanning nearly a decade, is in the development and execution of communications objectives in content marketing, thought leadership, company messaging and branding, and public relations. She was personally inspired by this article because she too leverages her mom’s lessons in her role at Tech Data, and does indeed call her mom to ask if tomatoes are priced appropriately every time she grocery shops!