In the News: TeleTracking COO Diane Watson featured in Smart Business
Life is a journey and it takes many twists and turns. My experiences have given me perspective on how to achieve results in my career and fulfillment in my life. As a woman in business, I have learned that it is important to be bold, confident, resourceful and authentic.
I started my career highly ambitious, with a maniacal focus on exceeding goals.
I didn’t think much about being a woman in the workplace, other than the strict fashion code of skirts and blouses with bow ties. But I did think a great deal about always being the best to ensure my status in the workplace.
This self-imposed standard of success resulted in taking on as much work as possible to prove my worth.
A new outlook
After the birth of my first child, I was faced with the challenge of an intense travel schedule and wanting to care for my child. My idea of success was always driven by my career accomplishments, and now I was challenged to find a way to define success in a different way.
I transitioned to another company to reduce my travel and after six months my boss told me that my communication style and strategy wasn’t effective, but offered no advice on how to improve things.
So, I did something that I wasn’t comfortable with — I asked for help. I worked with an executive coach and learned that it is a sign of strength to pull in resources when you need them.
Diane Watson is the COO at TeleTracking. Diane is responsible for TeleTracking’s services organization, which includes its client delivery team. She has a wealth of experience in consulting, information technology and general management. Her background includes the position of CIO at Medrad, a medical device manufacturer, as well as a long tenure at Andersen Consulting, currently Accenture.