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Does culture really eat strategy for breakfast?

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Yes, Culture DOES Eat Strategy for Breakfast

Jude Murphy
Jude Murphy

Nov 6, 2019 · 3 min read

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Yasminay Molina

I’ve Been Promoted 6 Times at the Same Company — Here’s My Secret for Advancing

Yasminay Molina has been promoted not once, not twice, but a whopping six times throughout her time with ADP.

Having first joined the management services company in 2008, Molina says the company “lives up to its values, has an amazing culture and is continuously willing to invest in my growth and development.”

Now, she’s the Director of Implementation for the southern region, having climbed the proverbial ladder thanks to her relentless curiosity, her participation in the company’s emerging leader program, and her use of performance and strategy conversations to expand her expertise.

“At ADP, there are countless opportunities available,” Molina said. “I also have leaders that support and believe in me. In addition, and probably most important, is the ability to reinvent myself. Every company is looking to grow in a world that is fast-changing. We have to be willing and able to change with it and bring new, fresh ideas to the table.”

We recently spoke to Molina about how she’s advanced at the same company without job hopping, as well as the most exciting part of her role. Here’s what she had to say.

How long have you been with your company? What about it made you first want to join?

I have been with ADP for a little over 11 years. I joined shortly out of college, just looking for a 9-5 job. I stayed because I found a career with a company that lives up to its values, has an amazing culture, and is continuously willing to invest in my growth and development.

Tell me about the roles that you’ve held at your company, as well as your current one. What about this role most excites you?

I started at ADP as a Client Services Representative assisting small businesses with payroll and tax questions. After three years in this role, I wanted to learn more about the lifecycle of our clients, so I became an Implementation Specialist. In this role, I helped onboard our new small business clients. I trained them on their products and services, making sure they were set up for future success. During this time and due to my performance, I was selected to participate in our emerging leader program. This gave me exposure to different aspects of the business and helped prepare me for my next role as an Implementation Team Lead.

As a Team Lead, I worked directly with my leaders learning how to motivate my associates in a positive way to drive results. I was able to participate in many conversations involving performance and strategy. In less than a year, I was promoted to Implementation Manager for the same team and then Implementation Manager II two years later. During my tenure in these roles, I was responsible for leading a team of implementation specialists, managing a relationship with our sales partners for six out of the 11 regions, as well as taking a leader under my wing.

I am now the Director of Implementation for the southern region. In this role, as well as in my previous roles, I am responsible for the development of my leaders and for our overall results. The most exciting part in my current role is that I get to directly impact and develop my leaders and, through them, our associates.

What’s something you’re especially good at, at work?

Connecting with people and building relationships.

What’s the first (and/or last) thing you do at work every day?

The first thing I do when I get to the office is say “good morning” to all of my associates and colleagues. As a leader, I recognized early on that it is the people that make me successful and I’m lucky enough to work with the best.

I do my best to remain present for my people during business hours, so the last thing I do is take care of any pending items before I leave to make a fresh start the next day!

A lot of people believe that developing your career means changing companies, and not infrequently. What has enabled you to develop/advance your career without job hopping?

The company I work for plays a major role in this. At ADP, there are countless opportunities available. I also have leaders that support and believe in me. In addition, and probably most important, is the ability to reinvent myself. Every company is looking to grow in a world that is fast-changing. We have to be willing and able to change with it, and bring new and fresh ideas to the table.

What’s something you think most people don’t know about your company that you think they should?

ADP truly does care about and invest in their people. My voice and the voice of the people matter.

What was the best quality of the best boss you’ve ever had?

Trustworthiness.

What’s the most memorable piece of career advice you’ve received?

I can’t choose just one, but I’ll leave you with two that have stuck out and resonated with me the most:

“People first. The rest will come.”

“Never be the smartest person in the room.”