Being passionate about the kind of work you do isn’t enough reason on its own to join a company, the CFO of the world’s largest hospitality company told students last month.
“Finding the right place for you is as important as finding the right discipline,” said Leeny Oberg, CFO of Marriott. “Corporations are like people. They have their own personality and spirit and own way of growing.”
Oberg gave the advice as part of a leadership speaker series at the University of Virginia. She also offered a top 10 list of career advice:
➼ Do a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats analysis on industries you’re considering.
➼ Every email is a public document.
➼ Take two years at a time.
➼ Get negotiating and public speaking experience.
➼ Breadth and depth is key.
➼ Know your weaknesses as well as your strengths.
➼ Build strong relationships with peers.
➼ Think a couple levels up from your own and have an opinion.
➼ Practice empathy.
➼ Love your work and work hard at it.