Words of Wisdom with Tim Murphy

Tim Murphy
Director, Corporate Responsibility
Aerojet Rocketdyne
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What are three things you wish you’d known as you embarked on your career?
1.  It is okay to say “no” as long as it is done selectively.
2. If you don’t have all the answers, surround yourself with people who do have them when you need them.
3. Good things do not always come to those who wait – don’t be afraid to speak out and show initiative.

Did you have a mentor? If so, what was the most important piece of advice they gave you?
I've had the opportunity to work alongside some really amazing leaders – people for whom I have tremendous respect.  While I have received great advice from many them, the most important lessons are the ones I learned by watching them in action, and the lessons all boil down to one value: Integrity.

How did/do you handle work/life balance?
It’s often difficult to strike a balance in our connected world.  Smartphones, iPads and the Cloud allow you to have your work in your back pocket at all times.  I have been forcing myself not to check my work email on evenings and weekends.  I don’t always win the struggle, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Do you have any suggestions of books, articles, websites, etc. that might help a young professional?
The most valuable resource for a young professional is his/her network.  Metro EDGErs have the leg up on this through their membership in the organization, but Chambers of Commerce, leadership programs, professional organizations and service clubs are great resources. Your network can never be too big.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell the 40 and under business professionals in our region?
I am constantly reminded how small Sacramento continues to be, and how interconnected our community is.  This is why professionalism, kindness and courtesy continue to be rule #1, because the guy you burn today is the one who’s approval you will need tomorrow.