SmarterCX.com is proud to highlight women in technology who are driving innovation, creating the next generation of customer experience, and inspiring future leaders. We met with Anasuya Strasner, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Oracle‘s North America Tech division, who shared with us her path to a successful career in technology and her advice for finding happiness at work.
View Anasuya’s interview and read her “5 Ways to Be Happy at Work” below.
I’m Anasuya Strasner. I run strategy and business development for the North America Tech division for Oracle.
When I first started working in technology, I thought about it from the perspective of consulting, which is, every customer in every business has a problem that they’re trying to solve.
And then I met this woman who ran our customer relationship management practice and we were talking about a role that she was trying to fill. We were just having a casual conversation and she said to me, “What about you? Would you like to do that?” And I thought, “Sure. Why not?”
And that’s sort of what began my evolution and my experience in technology.
I actually love my job. And I love my career and I love the people I work with.
To me, it’s the fact that I feel totally empowered. I feel absolutely empowered to make a difference in the ways that matter. And I think that’s important. The ways that matter. It’s very tempting to think, “Oh I care about this, and I care about this,” and my boss says this all the time: Focus on the few things that really matter.
It’s important to take the time and step back and say, “You know what? Am I really focused on the two or three things that will really make a difference?” And when I take the time to think, “If I am full attention, not multi-tasking, not distracted, I can really make a difference in these two or three topics.” That’s amazing!
Be inspiring and inspired
I think if we can always be observant and in a state of inquiry, we have an opportunity to learn. So, from my perspective, I learn from the people I work with, for, and who work for me. And I evolve. I always try to look for opportunities to inspire others, and to be inspired by the people that I spend my time with.
We all make mistakes. I’m not going to make the right call every time. And people I work with, and people I work for, and people who work for me, are not always going to make the right call. It’s important to take a step back and say, “You know what? Maybe in this instant, it wasn’t the right call, and here’s my perspective. What do you think?” Let’s learn from it, but don’t get rattled. Because when you get rattled, you then don’t make the right judgment calls.
I’ll never forget my current boss. I remember one of the first roles that I had with him — I said to him, “What should I do?” There were so many things I could think of in terms of, “How can I try to be the very best at what I am and what I am capable of being?” He looked at me and he said, “Anasuya, just be yourself. That’s why I hired you.” I think it’s really important as you progress in your career, and as you evolve in terms of your experiences and what you know and understand, to take a moment and stop to remember who you are. Be authentic, be yourself, and own it.
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