Carrie Weston Show Notes
Carrie Weston was given a job offer to leave her current employer. When she looked around, the company had experienced a downturn in sales and a lot of internal movement and uncertainty. A pivotal moment in her career led to a lot of self-reflection. While the time may have been right for others, Carrie decided making a move was not right for her. With an offer in hand, she did something that many others would never do. Listen to Carrie’s story and how she got over the hump.
Carrie was raised in a very conservative, small community just outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan called Jenison. She was the middle child of 3 and was 16 years old when her father provided some life-defining direction. “Kid – You are smart. You’re going to college and you are paying for it. Figure it out.”
Being a self-admitted daddy’s girl and being a rule follower by nature, she did just that. She elected to commute from home and attend Grand Valley State University, studying Health Science, where among many other experiences she teacher-assisted anatomy labs working on cadavers.
Carrie held many jobs to pay for this education including: working at a gas station as a cashier and as an automotive parts clerk, waitress, phlebotomist and finally as a second shift shipping dock clerk at an automotive re-manufacturing center.
Proudly, Carrie achieved her first goal by obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree and graduating debt-free by the time she was 22 years old.
After a few technical laboratory jobs, including working in an automotive chemical/metallurgical lab and environmental testing where she ran cyanide analysis every day, she knew she wanted more.
Finally, selling her skills until they agreed to interview her. Carrie landed a job with the company she sought and actively recruited because of their global position, culture and values.
20 years later she is still employed by Amway Corporation and proudly holds the title of Global Voice of the Customer Program Owner for Quality Assurance.
Carrie spends her free time either at sporting events or unplugged and “up north” in Michigan with her 4 boys and husband, where they all actively hunt and fish.
Tweetable Quotes and Mentions
“Every leader grows over time.“ -Carrie Weston Click to Tweet
“There’s a whole lot I need to learn and I count on my peers for that.“ -Carrie Weston Click to Tweet
“I don’t consider myself an island; I have a group of peers.“ -Carrie Weston Click to Tweet
“Knowing that people are okay in their own world…gets you whole lot farther.“ -Carrie Weston Click to Tweet
“Just because the time’s right for someone else, doesn’t mean it’s right for me.“ -Carrie Weston Click to Tweet
“If you’re going to leave you need to know what you’re running to.” -Carrie Weston Click to Tweet
“If you’re going to run to something are you clear what that is?“ -Carrie Weston Click to Tweet
“I can choose to get in the hole every day…or I can choose to do something about it.“ -Carrie Weston Click to Tweet
“I tend to take my view of my career in much shorter sprints.” -Carrie Weston Click to Tweet
“I’m not interested in the title as a role, I’m more interested in the fit.“ -Carrie Weston Click to Tweet
“It’s okay to be uncomfortable.“ -Carrie Weston Click to Tweet
“I should be thankful for what I’m being offered.“ -Carrie Weston Click to Tweet
“I’m not really pro-feminist, I’m more pro-knowledge.“ -Carrie Weston Click to Tweet
Hump to Get Over
Carrie Weston was recruited and given a job offer to leave her current employer. When she looked around, her current employer had experienced a downturn in sales and a lot of internal movement and uncertainty. This was a pivotal moment in her career. Carrie decided that a move may have been right for others, but it was not right for her. With an offer in hand, she did something that many others would never consider doing. Listen to Carrie’s story so she can help you move onward and upward faster.
Holding her back from being an even better leader
I tend to have a lot of energy and I need to read my audience better and give them a chance to warm up to my ideas.
Best Leadership Advice Received
It’s okay to be uncomfortable.
Secret to Success
I try to get up every day with an attitude of gratitude.
Best Resources in Business or Life
My peer group and seeking out other leaders.
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