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Level Up is a podcast for anyone interested in improving their leadership skills. The series is designed to help you gain insight into the skills needed to grow your career.
Most recently, we spoke to Eric Haller, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Identity, Fraud & DataLabs at Experian. Experian DataLabs is the research and development organization within Experian. Eric pitched the idea of DataLabs to Experian’s executive team and received funding for 8 people to begin the first lab in 2011. Since then, Eric led the development and expansion of Experian DataLabs in San Diego, London, Sao Paulo and Singapore.
Here are some takeaways from our conversation with Eric:
Don’t be afraid to shake things up.
Regardless of others’ opinions of you, it’s important to remember you’re capable of bringing improvement and positive change to whatever role you step into; it’s the reason you were hired in the first place. Be a mover and a shaker.
Find your treasure trove.
Experian is Eric’s treasure trove—some of his best friends are here and he is constantly intellectually challenged. When deciding to join a team or work on an innovative project, ask yourself how you will grow from the experience and what treasures you might gain.
Share your ideas.
It seems like pretty straightforward advice, but Eric brings up a great point: there is a lot of concern—especially among young adults—about sharing ideas with others because of the fear of someone else taking it and running with it. Eric wants listeners to remember there is a lot of execution required to make a good idea a reality and that socializing it with others will not hurt you. Get comfortable with sharing those ideas!
Take the leadership qualities you admire and implement that into your own leadership.
Just like an artist’s style is the amalgamation of other artists’ styles they admire, your leadership style will often be a combination of the traits you admire from leaders you’ve witnessed yourself. Pay attention to your role models and the qualities you like about them and do your best to use that.
We were so happy to have the opportunity to chat with Eric for Level Up.
Check out our interviews with other leaders here.