Building your network to develop yourself and others

Summary: 

Tina Larson, senior director of technical development operations and engineering at Genentech and 2012 HBA Rising Star discussed Building Your Network to Develop Yourself and Others during the November 13th dine out event in San Francisco.

HBA SF dine out eventTina Larson, senior director of technical development operations and engineering at Genentech and 2012 HBA Rising Star discussed Building Your Network to Develop Yourself and Others during the November 13th dine out event in San Francisco. Below is a brief recap:

Tina segments her career into three parts:

  1. Geek years
  2. Leadership years
  3. Legacy years

Geek years: During this time, you are mostly focused on deliverables. In these years, she moved around laterally to gain experience. You may also experience more pressure to move into a management role during these years. She suggests finding other people who share your passionate for the same things. She found joining an industrial group to be very helpful.

Leadership years: Focused on management. Providing guidance to help others succeed represented a significant paradigm shift from how she previously measured success. She attended a number of classes and read a number of books to develop management skills.

Legacy years: Think about what you would want others to say about you during these years.HBA SF dine around

Other tips:
Tell people what you are passionate about - when a job comes up that fits this description, others will tell you.

Tina is an introvert who used to dread networking. She found it beneficial to approach others with, “What you do seems very interesting. Can you spend 30 minutes telling me about it?” “If you won the lottery, what would you do?” is another insightful question that helps you to uncover what someone is passionate about.

 

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