Wednesday, June 27, 2018

TEEX #WomenStepUp: Lesa Hill, TEEX Division Director, Knowledge Engineering

I think challenge is what keeps me coming back to solve problems and figure out a better way to do things. That’s what makes life more interesting. I love that TEEX is a service organization. We help our customers to be better in many different ways. That’s a big motivator and why I do what I do.

I also care about the people who work for me and I want to see them grow and succeed so that motivates me as well. I don’t mind someone making a mistake; everyone makes mistakes. But I believe you should learn from it and don’t keep making the same mistake.

If you feel you are not being heard, pick a time to talk to the employee or even superior, when you know they’re receptive and try to present your idea in a way they will understand. Use their language and understand their perspective. Sometimes it helps to find someone else they respect that agrees with you and ask them to pitch your idea as well. There is power in numbers. Sometimes you have to change your own position and look at a problem or idea from a different angle.

I think frequently we’re our own worst enemy, we can get stuck in our ways of doing things. You have to believe that you can make it and overcome whatever obstacle is in front of you. You have to have that dogged determination, never-give-up attitude and you have to keep learning and working.  We all go through difficult times but being determined, working hard, being creative and praying for the greater good has always helped me get through the hard times and generally end up in a better situation. Change is often good but it can be painful.

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