Supporting Other Women with Precillia Redmond
Precillia Redmond is vice president and manager of organizational effectiveness and strategic project management services at Liberty Mutual Insurance Group.
What would you say is the most “daring” move you've made in your career?
At one point in my career I realized that the opportunity for promotion that was in front of me and attainable was not the job I wanted. I thought long and hard about what drives me and what I am passionate about. This self-reflection resulted in me creating the job that I wanted, socializing the role and ultimately landing the role.
What did you learn from that experience?
I learned that you have to believe in your convictions and that little voice in your head that tells you to just go for it. While you can surround yourself with mentors, advisors, friends, etc., at the end of the day, only you know what’s best for you. So listen to that little voice, as more often than not, it’s right.
What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve gotten along the way?
Keep your résumé up to date all the time because you never know.
If you could change one way women support other women on their path to success, what would it be?
As women we might place more importance on being liked versus being respected, especially when it comes to managing, coaching, or mentoring other women. I believe in being honest, direct and fair. The biggest disservice you can do to women (and men) is to avoid providing honest feedback – as essentially, you are robbing that person of the opportunity to grow, learn and develop. We all have a responsibility to build each other up and that means creating awareness of blind spots and opportunities of improvement, while also taking the time to show appreciation.
Any tips for work/life integration?
As someone said to me years ago when I complained that I felt guilty all the time – guilty for not spending enough time with my kids, husband, family, work: “allow yourself to feel the feeling, but do what you need to do anyway.”
What was the last book you read?
I am not done yet, but I am currently reading The Power of Habit
and it’s amazing how quickly the case studies and research have informed my work professionally and my habits at home.
Fill in the blank. People would be surprised to know...
...that I played Center on my Division I College Volleyball team since I am only 5’8”.