Vy Tran learned a tough lesson as a first-time manager – you can’t please everyone. Having to “drive accountability” while also being a self-described “people pleaser” required Vy to dig deep and re-think how she communicates with her team.
Failing forward is an essential skill not just at work but in life. For Vy Tran, learning from her mistakes has made her a more effective and influential leader.
Some mentors may not be a good fit for their mentees, but Vy Tran is still optimistic about these more challenging relationships. As she puts it, “there’s always golden nuggets from everybody.”
Vy has had several mentors throughout her career. Most of those mentoring relationships were informal but helpful in her personal development. Dive in to learn what she seeks out from her mentors and how she incorporates those lessons into her everyday life.
Everyone has their own biases, but how can a leader look inward and overcome their biases so everyone on their team feels included and valued? Vy believes receiving feedback is essential. In fact, she solicits feedback to help keep her biases in check at work and in her personal life.
For many years in her career, Vy was often the only woman and only Asian woman executive in the room. Hear how this experience has shaped her views on embracing diverse perspectives and the importance of lifting up voices that are usually not heard.
One of the toughest pieces of feedback Vy Tran has ever received was centered around the development of her team. Hear how this experience prompted her to take a step back and figure out a way to build a strong team where she’s completely replaceable.
“Nobody’s perfect, but we should always be striving to grow.” Learn why Vy Tran is a proponent of giving and receiving feedback in real time to accelerate personal growth.
How can you keep your team focused on the company’s mission when the trend of “quiet quitting” is on the rise? Here, Vy shares her strategies for keeping people engaged and how she demonstrates that she genuinely cares about her employees.
An effective leader is able to adapt to connect to their team – sometimes using different methods of communication. Vy credits a leadership style centered around empathy as a way to meet her team members where they are, especially if she’s trying to drive a decision.
One way to maintain robust communication in virtual or hybrid teams is to set clear expectations. Vy acknowledges that connecting in this new work environment is more challenging, but she has found new ways to constantly keep in touch with her team.