I think we’ve all heard the classic you know quote of always work for a great leader. Don’t work for a great company something to that effect. But you know there’s been times in my career where I’ve chosen a company over the leader. There was a big shiny brand that I went for versus a leader and I would say that that was a mistake that I’ll never do again. But the mentor standpoint you know for me at the time because I was a bit more introverted than most younger it helped me a time because he’s definitely over on the extrovert side and probably brought it out of me a lot more than I realized. But also was extremely kind and compassionate in the development main. I think he you know it was pure luck frankly getting such a good mentor I would like to say I was conscious at the time and liked him but he selected me and you know I think it was having compassion and understanding of my unique skills and I think he just did a great job of bringing them to me in such a short time. And I wish I wish I would’ve been more more selective or conscious of that decision especially even after that. I don’t think I realized at the time how great I had it but I would have. That’s one thing I guess I’d recommend that people be conscious of especially through the interview process and when you’re looking at leadership it matters so much. You know the results saying is is definitely there by making sure that you have a good leader who has a process but also has compassion to learn about you and understand your strengths and know how to put those strengths to use.
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More clips from Episode 1: #1 LinkedIn Account Executive – Mike Dudgeon:
Recognize your sales strengths
Enterprise account planning
Generating sales insights based on business drivers
Always work for a great sales leader
Mike Dudgeon on being LinkedIn’s Global AE of the Year
Mike’s Morning Routine
Dudgeon’s Information Diet
Sales Travel Tips
Process > Progress > Success
Internal Selling and Differentiating Yourself
Mike’s Challenge to improve your own sales results