Make Yourself Replaceable and Remember That “NO” Stands For New Opportunities with Janet T Phan

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Janet T Phan

In this week’s show, Phil talks to Janet T Phan, the Founder and Executive Director of Thriving Elements and Senior Technical Product Manager for Amazon’s Project Kuiper. She has a vision to develop and empower young women in STEM to make a sustainable impact and inspire the next generation of women leaders. Janet talks to Phil about the value in making ourselves replaceable in the industry. She also discusses why “no” can mean a whole new world of opportunities for you.


Janet T Phan

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2 Top Career Tips

1) Technology grows every day. If we make ourselves as replaceable as possible, then we show up for ourselves, and allow our skillsets to be easily passed on to others.
2) Anytime you face rejection or hear the word “no”, remember that NO stands for new opportunities.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

In a previous role, early in her career, Janet told her manager that she had aspirations to be a manager herself. This was met with derision by her superior, and unfortunately changed her attitude towards Janet into one of negativity.

Career Highlight

Janet was part of a huge global launch that went exceedingly well, impressing the global leadership, despite their reservations about her way of implementing it.

The Future

IT is ever evolving and requires a universe of different backgrounds and perspectives to make its applications as universal as possible. This means that it requires inclusivity and diversity in order to function at its best.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

Janet was inspired by her professor

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Do now, and ask for forgiveness later

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

That becoming a manager was almost impossible

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Janet would focus on data analysis

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Expanding into technical product management

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

A love of people

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Exploring areas where true positive impacts can be made

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

American football, snowboarding, surfing, wakeboarding and other physical pursuits

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