I see reputation as “moving along concentric circles.”
Each new job was another concentric circle and the pattern had to begin again. In an organization as large as MetLife, I couldn’t rely on my last job to get me ahead. It was the current assignment and then the next one that were key. Each new management job was another challenge … I viewed it as starting from scratch and building my reputation once again.
—Ted Athanassiades, retired vice chairman and president of MetLife
ONE OF THE MOST challenging lessons for each of us is that managing our own career is up to each of us alone. No one will build our career for us. Just like anything else of importance, we have to take charge and commit to the long term.