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Level Up is designed to help you get to know the leaders of Experian and gain insight into the skills needed to grow your career.
Most recently, we spoke with Adam Fingersh, Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic Transformations. Adam joined Experian in 2005 and has served in a variety of executive leadership roles. He is currently the senior executive responsible for several critical enterprise level strategic transformations in North America.
Here are a few takeaways from our discussion with Adam:
Take the time to get to know your colleagues.
This will help establish trust among your team and create stronger workplace friendships and collaboration. Adam is a firm believer in being able to bring your whole self to work every day, and he says, “Both the professional and personal sides of a person are worth knowing.” Here are ways you can get started with learning more about the people you work with:
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
Adam makes sure to always prepare ahead of big meetings on his calendar. The better prepared he is before he enters the room, the more efficiently time is spent in the room. Here are practices you can employ to make sure you are maximizing the efficiency of your meetings:
Humility is key to being a good leader.
Humility is what allows leaders to be great mentors, empower their employees and best contribute to their companies. To practice humility, Adam likes to remind himself, “There is not a single project that I have been a part of where I can say, ’This would not have been a massive success if I had not been in the room.’” Regularly remind yourself these things to stay modest and humble:
Leadership can be learned and modeled anywhere.
Adam is proud to say he learned a lot of his leadership skills from his mom, and that he is hoping to pass on the same skills to his own children. Whether it’s at work or in your personal life, good examples of leadership are all around you.
Trust is important when it comes to mentoring.
One thing all of Adam’s mentees can agree on is that Adam is someone they can fully trust—whether it’s as a friend or as a leader delivering constructive criticism. Part of what makes Adam such an effective mentor with these professionals is how good he is at building trust. Think about these things the next time you take on a mentee or are asking for feedback from a mentor:
We were so happy to have the opportunity to chat with Adam for Level Up.