Recently, Fortune came out with their “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.” It was a fascinating list; the names spanned the globe and featured excellence across sectors. One of the most striking things about the list was that 10 of the 50 women had spent their entire careers in the very same companies they’re now running. That told me they were likely either nurtured by a mentor within the organization, or that they simply felt there were enough challenging opportunities there for them to stay.

I thought about that in relation to Solomon McCown, where it is a priority to develop and encourage our young professionals to…

  • Speak up and voice what they want to do.
  • Tell us if they’re looking to do different things beyond their own job description.
  • Think about how we can develop a professional development path tailored to their individual goals.

I wonder, even as large as those global companies are, if something similar wasn’t done for these prominent successful leaders on the Fortune list (many of whom, incidentally, are around 60 years old, give or take).

I think longevity with one organization benefits both the institution and the individual.

We’re fortunate if we’re able to keep that knowledge in the organization to help teach newer staffers and also for the clients as well. Clients always appreciate continuity among our professionals who are learning and delivering new kinds of services and, at the same time, understand their real culture and history.

So it’s a nice lesson for those maybe younger in their career (I’m talking to you, Millennials), who believe you can’t get ahead if you don’t move every 18 months. The fact is: you can prosper professionally if you participate in developing your own path–and who knows?

Maybe you’ll run your own company someday.

Helene Solomon is the CEO of Solomon McCown & Co.