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Lynne Doughtie Quotes

Lynn Doughtie

Lynne Doughtie quotes: Chairman and CEO of KPMG, one of the largest audit companies in existence, these are Lynne’s top lessons.

“Don’t wait for someone to tap you on the shoulder.  Make your goals known and proactively develop relationships with those that can help get you there… either in the form of mentors or sponsors.”

“The most effective way to do it?  Is to do it.”

“Take risks, be confident, and go for it.”

“When you feel you’re most uncomfortable, and maybe scared a little bit, and nervous, that’s actually great because that means you’re growing.”

“Culture is nourished by human motivation – a limitless resource that can sometimes be underestimated.”

“We have always believed that the most successful solutions reflect a diversity of skills, thinking, experiences, and outlooks.”

“Different perspectives, experiences, and insights improve decision-making and lead to superior performance.”

“So being confident in your abilities to be successful in new areas, taking risks, I think, is important.”

“I always think about this concept of confidence and how you get it.  And it shouldn’t just come because you say, ‘I’m smart and I can do this.’  I think it comes from action.”

“Even when you’re unsure, there are so many things that made you successful in other areas, that you can apply to new areas.”

“It’s actually just – jump in, do it, impress the heck out of yourself – that’s how you get confidence.  And then as each new challenge and opportunity comes, you jump in again.”

“You do it.  You say, ‘Okay, I can do this.’  And that’s how the confidence builds.”

“It’s important to take some risk and I think it’s important to ensure you’re getting a variety of work experiences.”

“Careers are really long.  At 13 years it may seem like, ‘If I don’t do this one thing, my career’s over.’  No – it was just starting.”

“Golf isn’t one of the things I’m best at.  You’re in a situation where you’re vulnerable when you’re not a good player.  But what I’ve found is that those are the times that you can build the most lasting relationships.”

“Strategy is the starting point for a transformation that needs to occur and how that company must change to win.”

“‘Failing fast’ is an important component of cultivating the agility needed for a development project along with continually rebalancing your innovation portfolio.”

“You’re gonna make some mistakes and it’s owning those mistakes as well.  And that kinda gets back to the authenticity, and being real.”

“If you’re open and honest, you find that people genuinely want to help you out.  Taking advice from others can enhance your relationship, especially if you can laugh about things.”

“The best leaders begin with an environment that embraces and rewards change and innovation.”

“Cultivating innovative thinking starts at the top.  Leaders can foster a culture of innovation by encouraging creativity and experimenting with new ideas.”

“Leaders need to model the values of their organizations in ways that encourage inclusive behavior.  This means inspiring others to collaborate and work together; ensuring everyone is heard and ideas are shared.”

“The biggest challenge for a leader is harnessing the rapid pace of change in technology, as that is going to impact every industry and every organization.”

“Leaders have to consider whether they have the right diverse perspectives at the table.”

“Finding that right balance of seeking the facts, moving quickly, getting to the right answer can be tough; but it’s something that others are watching, and it’s important that you set the example for your organization.”

“It’s getting the perspectives, seeking the truth, and I think it’s also looking at the core values of what you as a person, and as a leader, stand for – and what your organization stands for.”

“The most forward-leaning leaders are single-minded about creating company cultures that foster a true spirit of innovation.”

“Innovation can’t just happen within the walls of your own organization.”

“The most resilient companies foster a pervasive culture of innovation at all levels of the organization – one that values risk-taking, embraces experimentation, and considers failure an inevitable part of thinking boldly.”

“At KPMG, we are intentional about leading with inclusion because we believe it strengthens our ability to make a tangible difference for our clients, our people, and society.”

“Providing career growth and development opportunities for our people is of paramount importance, and that’s why we surround and support our diverse employee team with investments in innovation, technology, training, and a wide variety of programs so they can build great careers.”

“Innovation demands risk-taking… which, in turn, entails redefining failure, stripping away its power to inhibit.”

Mentors and sponsors are beneficial for personal and career growth.”

“Sponsorship is about putting your name and reputation on the line for someone else.  It could be as simple as recommending someone for a new role, yet it’s one of the most powerful cultural tools any organization has.”

“It’s important to understand the big difference between a mentor and sponsor.  I was fortunate that I had both, and my sponsors have been both men and women.”

“I have found that women are really in their element in a very collaborative approach.”

“When women are starting out in their careers, they tend to be confident and look to aspire to leadership role and really want those positions.  But then over time, as they advance, they become less confident and don’t think they can attain those roles.”

“I think there’s a tendency with some women, especially, to internalize and think, ‘I have to be perfect at everything before I’m going to put myself out there.’  We’ve got to change that mindset.  And I think it starts with confidence.”

“Too often, women are waiting for someone to recognize their great work and tap them on the shoulder and say, ‘Here – this is the next thing we want you to do,’ and that may happen.  But I feel you need to take more ownership of telling your story, advocating for yourself.  You can do it in a way that’s positive and that your leaders will appreciate.”

“My unconscious bias was driven by the fact that I had never been on a flight with two women pilots – and I fly a lot.  The experience made me realize how important it is to see women in all roles so that it’s not the exception, but the expectation.”

“Convergence and the blurring of lines across industries creates the opportunity for women to really excel.”

“The importance of inclusive behavior was modeled for me early in life.  I have many childhood memories of my mother – an entrepreneur and business owner – drawing people to herself and inspiring them with the genuineness of her interest in them.”

“When I was growing up, I just saw my mother as a successful businesswoman and awesome mother, so I never really thought, ‘I can’t do it.’  I saw how she worked hard, served clients really well, was a great mum to us.”

“We should think about how do we, as business leaders, embrace the differences of all people and advance the careers of all.”

“My personality is to want to be the best at everything.”

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