VIDEO: Career: You, Inc.

6 Minute Career Climb Tip of the Day: Never ask someone to be your mentor.

In “6 Minute Career Climb: You, Inc.,” Time Warner exec Daisy Auger-Dominguez shares with TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado 2 career success essentials: the board of You, Inc., plus how to leverage workplace diversity to advance quickly.

Watch the video here:

  • How to approach the “mentors,” “advisors,” and “sponsors” who will sit on the board of You, Inc. and propel your career to the level you want.
  • How dating and the shoes in your closet can help you choose and nurture the board of You, Inc.  After all, the strongest relationships are two way streets, no?  And you wouldn’t wear your running shoes to a gala, or your Manolos on your 5 miler, right?
  • Diversity in the workplace: your “mentor,” “advisor,” and “sponsor” will not be La Virgen María. Instead s/he will be someone who doesn’t look like you but will help you write the playbook to your career success.

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  1. Carol Gilbert says

    Daisy’s video was spot-on!

    I had some wonderful mentors during my career, both men and women. It is a two-way street. You should be willing to reach out of your comfort zone if you are a minority in the workplace. I have to say that there was never a formal moment of asking someone to be my mentor. It just happened because of the warmth that was felt on both sides so the feeling develops that you know you can ask for help or feedback confidentially and receive it.

  2. says

    Viviana, this was so inspiring. I love that idea for a board of advisors of You Inc. Most of the time, we think of a board when someone has a large organization. Your sharing this video and interview with Daisy gave me some great thoughts for projects I would like to implement soon.
    Keep up the great work!

  3. says

    Great interview and topic. I now I need a mentor, but have a really hard time figuring out how to get one. I´ve been kind of “making up” my new career as I go and don’t really have anyone to go to bounce ideas off. I have plenty of amazing friends I can trust and that push me ahead, but missing that essential piece of someone way ahead of the game that can guide me. Is it the same when you work independently as it is when you’re part of a larger corporation?

  4. says

    Viviana: I love your phrase about the board of advisors of YOU! When I applied those principals to my own career it opened so many doors. To answer Ana Flores’s question – not only did I apply them while working in broadcast news, but even more so as an independent filmmaker, journalist, musician and actor. What helped me beyond my wildest imagination was getting actively involved in organizations that allowed me to be surrounded by my peers, and learn from them while fulfilling my passions. When your peers see what you’re made of – your energy, your skills potential, your commitment, creativity, passion and your authenticity, they will embrace you. In every profession you will come across insecure people who may feel threatened by you, but they are great teachers for how NOT to be. Those peers with emotional intelligence will become your friends and wonderful guides. Invite them for coffee/drinks/etc., engage them in career conversations and share ideas. Never buy in to limitations – instead, find ways to make things happen. Always visualize success, declare your goals, be bold and keep networking (I promise it will eventually come naturally.) Suerte!

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