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How Not To Be A Bull In A China Shop

This week on The WAM Podcast, hosts, Andrea and Desiree give their imaginary 28-year-old selves some advice for maintaining great relationships and excelling in the workplace. Sometimes, especially as young people, we can get caught up in the wrong definition of what it means to be excelling at our job. Maybe we got a little bit of authority and started making too many big changes too early on, or maybe we focused on a task at hand at the expense of asking someone how their day was going.

What Andrea and Desiree teach us in this episode is that sometimes pausing and actually observing what is going on in the workplace can earn us far more respect than storming in like a bull in a china shop. There are always things happening behind the scenes that just can't be understood unless they are given time to reveal themselves. It is precisely an attentiveness to this fact that could make a young and ambitious person trying to make a name for themselves look mature, rather than silly and naive. Tune in and take some notes from two seasoned pros!

"Am I allocating my time, my energy, and my resources to the things that are most important?" —Desiree Grace

Host, Andrea Olson

Host, Andrea Olson

Andrea Olson, the author of No Disruptions: The New Future For Mid-Market Manufacturing and The Customer Missionis inspiring and educating industrial business leaders on how to transform their approach to marketing, technology, and communications to operate more efficiently and increase profitability. 

Andrea’s 19-year, field-tested background provides unique, applicable approaches to creating leaner, more effective, technology-driven, customer-facing operations. A 4-time ADDY® award-winner, she began her career at a tech startup and led the strategic marketing efforts at two global industrial manufacturers.

Andrea is the CEO of Pragmadik, an Operational Strategy Consultancy, and also a board member of the Midwest Manufacturing Business Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of mid-market manufacturing in the US.

In addition to writing, consulting and coaching, Andrea speaks to leaders and industry organizations around the world on operational strategies to discover new sources of revenues and savings. Contact Andrea to access information on her book, workshops, keynote speeches or consulting. 


For more information on Olson's book, workshops, keynote speeches, or consulting, please visit www.pragmadik.comwww.nodisruptions.com,  and  www.thecustomermission.com. Follow Andrea Olson on Twitter @pragmadik
Desiree Grace

Host, Desiree Grace

Desiree Grace is Director of Channel Accounts & Programs for Panduit Corporation in Tinley Park, Illinois.  Desiree and her team develop and deploy channel partner strategy and programs in North America.

She previously managed the Utility channel for Eaton North America, as their Vice President, Channel Development and Operations. Prior to this role, she served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Anamet Electrical, District Manager, at Panduit Corporation, and Branch Manager at WESCO.

Grace has over 27 years of experience in electrical manufacturing and distribution and has been an active member of NAED for over 10 years. She was the 2017 Trailblazer for NAED’s Women in Industry organization. Grace serves on the Church Council for First Congregational Church and is a volunteer with Dress for Success and Habitat for Humanity.


Connect with Desiree Grace on LinkedIn.