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You won’t learn much just sitting behind a desk … and other advice from Charleston-area biz execs

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Published Nov. 13, 2015

Katarina Fjording, vice president and general manager of Volvo Cars America; Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina; and Anita Zucker, chairwoman and CEO of The InterTech Group, recently spoke on a panel at a Charleston Regional Development Alliance. Read a full story about their talk in the Nov. 16 print edition of the Charleston Regional Business Journal.


What is the best business advice you can share?

Advice for women pursuing leadership positions?

Katarina FjordingKatarina Fjording
Volvo Cars America

“Walk out there (on the facility floor) without an entourage. Just integrate yourself and listen to the system. You get so much more information than sitting at a desk and having someone reporting things to you. Go see for yourself.”

“Diversity starts before we get to the genders. It starts by people choosing to surround themselves with someone who thinks differently. So dare to be different. Regardless if you’re a man or a women. … Dare to go to places that you are truly interested in and passionate about and you will do well if you’re determined and have a no nonsense attitude and you’re hands on.”
Beverly WyseBeverly Wyse
Boeing S.C.
“I suppose I’ll use a quote by Colin Powell: ‘Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.’ I think when people dream big and they are able to see something much larger than what they have today — we really bring the best out of individuals and communities. … We too often create barriers. We say ‘We can’t.’ rather than ‘How could we?’” “I think women create more barriers in their minds, and that’s probably because obviously there are far fewer women in leadership positions. … It’s finding that tenacity or determination within yourself to believe that you can learn whatever it is that you need in order to be successful.”
Anita Zucker
Anita Zucker
The InterTech Group
“One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is to communicate. Communicate. Communicate. Communicate. Don’t let other people tell your story. You have to get out there, whether it’s people you work with, you’ve got to be there with them. … And with people we’re working with in our communities, we have to talk to each other and we have to understand each other.” “Have confidence in yourself. … If you want to go forward and take on a leadership position, you just have to trust yourself if you know you want to do it. … Fear should not get in the way if it’s something you really know you want to accomplish. … Go for the things you want. It’s the only way you can get there. You have to work for it.”

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