Growth looks different for everyone — and it certainly feels different. For some, there are growing pains. For others, there is a beautiful metamorphosis. Others, still, take two steps back to make one giant leap forward. One thing remains the same…there is always motion.
Change is not always easy to digest. But here at RSM, we consistently strive to take steps toward creating a culture that constantly nurtures growth and development, both personally and professionally.
The closing of this year does not look at all the way we envisioned growing at the onset of 2019. Our team has evolved to include talented wordsmiths from our past and a number of new and dear friends who work hard to contribute to our and our clients’ overall success. We’ve learned a lot together over the last year and we’re all grateful to have traversed the challenges and triumphs of the seasons of growth together.
As we set our goals for the new year, we’ve looked fondly back on the lessons we’ve learned and the growth we’ve accomplished:
Show support wherever you can
“In 2019, I learned it’s important to support those in your professional network however you can, even if you don’t think you’re doing much. Like that post, comment on that status, and congratulate that former co-worker on their new gig. Connect talented people together and pass along opportunities you think would be perfect for someone in your circle. Supporting others not only makes you feel better, but it can also lead to positive things for you down the line.
We have so many ways to stay in touch today, whether it’s sending a text or liking a status, so there’s really no excuse to ghost on your contacts. You never know, commenting “great job” on a LinkedIn post or sharing an article written by someone in your network could lead to a job offer or some other professional opportunity. In 2019 I remembered that my network is one of my professional superpowers!”
– Morgan Glennon
Be who you are and never stop reaching for new goals
“My goal coming into RSM as an apprentice was to learn about content marketing. Three months later, not only has my goal been met, but I’ve gained a friendship with a company full of awesome women. These women build you up when you think you can’t go on. Help you when you don’t know which road to take.
I want to thank each of you for your amazing skills that you have shared. More importantly, I want to thank you for inviting me in and accepting me for who I am.”
– Nicole Fluke
Be confident and honest about your needs
“This year I grew in my confidence to be honest with myself and my team. I was honest with myself in where my mental health stood and with my team in exactly what I needed to get back on track. It wasn’t a short process — and it isn’t over yet — but I can step back and see myself a whole lot clearer.
In 2020, my goal is to push myself out of my creative shell more than ever for myself, Ride the Sail, and our amazing clients.”
– Kayla Kratzer
Embrace every opportunity to learn and excel
“By contributing to the RSM blog in 2019, I was able to work towards my goal of staying up to date with the marketing, PR, and social media industry. By researching and drafting posts for RSM, I have been able to dedicate time outside of my normal work hours to staying in tune to trends and keeping myself positioned to be able to do my job to the best of my abilities.”
– Haley Williams
It’s OK to lean on and learn from others
“Working with RSM in 2019, I’ve learned to be a little less independent — and yes, that’s a good thing! My natural tendency is to approach assignments as a “one-man team.” I was 100% that person in school who (voluntarily) took on way too much work when it came to group-based projects. Now, I’m slowly but surely learning it’s OK to not have all the answers, it’s OK to get a second opinion, and it’s OK to ask for help. Even with working remotely, 2019 taught me that I don’t have to go it alone!”
– Rachel Kunicki
Time management makes a world of difference
“For me, 2019 was a year filled with new experiences. I started High School and applied myself to land a great job here at RSM. I learned some important lessons along the way. Time management was one of my biggest challenges this past year and unfortunately, both myself and others paid for it.
In 2020, I intend to improve my time management. My time at RSM has shown me some great ways to keep track of my projects and goals: lists, calendars, schedules, etc. I plan to utilize this new knowledge in the coming year to achieve everything I want and more in school, at work, and in all areas of my life moving forward.”
– Kaydenc Graves
Growth means finding balance through trial and error
“Growth for RSM is continuing to support the lives we all aspire for — from making positive impacts in our clients’ businesses and those using their platforms and technology to our own lives… having the balance and adventure that allows each of us to be our best self! With 2019, I personally found greater support and balance as we tried shuffling of roles and tasks. I feel confident that I personally am getting closer to the perfect balance.
In 2020, I aim to build on that while I look to grow RSM around the causes the team has the greatest interest in. Full goal is to make all of our work become our passion projects!”
– Marikaye DeTemple
Setting boundaries creates time and space for success
“2019 has been a year of both letting go and setting boundaries for me. I have learned, in my role at RSM, that I can take control of my priorities and establish a system to reach my goals rather than live by a list. I still make lists. I make lists for my lists. But I’ve learned to let go and not allow a few unchecked boxes define what success looks like in my day.
My goal for 2020 is to continue to find ways to create balance in my life to find time to revel in those successes, rather than moving on to reaching the next goal. I also plan to add a few hobbies to those to-do lists so I can apply my passions in more areas of my life.”
– Crystal DeTemple McNeel