Weekend Wisdom

Tawney Bains ’96

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“Find a way, or make a way.”
“At one of my first jobs out of college, I had four different bosses and five different desks — within the first year! While this was not what I expected, I made up my mind to learn as much as possible, regardless of whether it fell under my job description. Instead of letting myself disappear into the chaos, I introduced myself to everyone and asked a lot of questions. I did the job I was hired to do plus identified and addressed work I thought needed to be done. I was able to “find a way,” not just surviving, but thriving with the company for nearly seven years.
 
“Since then, I have led teams of various sizes, comprised of people who possess a diversity of skills and experience. I frequently use the “find a way” mantra to encourage people to think creatively about a problem and, more important, to be flexible when the situation requires it, skills I first learned during my Kent Place years. When finding a way, or making a way, teams and individuals shift their mindset to focus on possibilities rather than obstacles. They prioritize their work, and the important goals rise to the top, converting into true accomplishments. Finding a way empowers you to make and own decisions rather than feel powerless to stop forces out of your control. When you get stuck: Rethink, reposition, reset and find a way.”
 

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