Start of a corporate career
I started my corporate career right out of the School of Pharmacy in Paris, when I accepted a job with a French pharmaceutical company. Very quickly, I realized that I wanted to work for a bigger, global company. I just loved the idea of working with people from all around the world, on complex issues to solve.
After a couple of years at my first job, I was hired by the French affiliate of a US Fortune 500 healthcare company. I was part of a newly formed team, and started experiencing the challenges that come with that.
I also started working on bigger projects. Some were very successfull. I still remember the feeling of the celebration of my first award. And others were not as successful, and were major learning opportunities during my career.
Building your network within your organization is important
My network within the organization grew. Which led to the offer to join the company's headquarters in the US. The following years were probably my best corporate years. I worked with many wonderful individuals, and was supported by several of them as I grew within the organization. I had never asked myself the question: "What do I want to do next?". There was always a new opportunity more exciting than the other.
Change is inevitable. Be ready for it!
Things started to change when our department was reorganized, and I was assigned to a new role- one that I would not have chosen myself and I was not ready to take. I had to learn new things, and get out of my comfort zone. I decided to make the most out of the new opportunity and learn new skills. In the middle of my learning journey, I was approached for a leadership position with another Fortune 500 company.
Your growth and development is your responsibility!
Six months later, I was moving my family to start my new career. Very quickly, I realized that I had to develop new leadership skills in my new organization. For the first time in my life, I realized that my growth was my responsibility and no one else's. I started researching personal development programs, and discovered the John Maxwell Team. A whole new world opened up to me. A world with new opportunities, that took me places I never thought I was able to go to.
After leaving the Corporate world, and at the beginning of the Covid pandemics, I wanted to go back to the basics on my education: being a patient-centered pharmacist. It took me 2 years to go through the process of being a registered pharmacist in South Carolina (the beautiful state my family decided to call home).
You can be a Full Potential Developer agent in your organization!
I know how challenging it is to be a leader in a group (either in Corporate or within a pharmacy team). I also know how challenging it is to be a follower in any setting. And most importantly, I know that each person in your team has infinite potential. They just need help to raise their self-awareness and identify what they can do to improve their results.