Three Career Tips From Dorothy Dowling

Dorothy Dowling

Dorothy Dowling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Best Western Hotels & Resorts, distilled some words of wisdom based on more than 30 years in the industry.

1. Your career is a marathon, so you need to invest in learning.

“According to a Harvard Business Review article, the most important quality in a leader today is not IQ or EQ, but CQ— that is, curiosity quotient. I fundamentally believe in that because it’s your learning investment that enables you to create value in terms of what you bring to your employer.”

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2. You need to manage your reputation.

“You always need to guard your reputation, burnish it to make sure to drive the value creation you deserve. Never give people a reason to doubt you or think poorly of you.”

3. Make wise choices about the people you spend time with.

“If I had just one piece of advice it would be this, as I have been one of the greatest beneficiaries of it, especially through my choice of a supportive spouse. No one succeeds alone. If you ‘hire’ the right boss and choose the right partner, your life will be defined by them.”

 


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