How to climb the ladder and become a director of Analytics

Walmart.com h1bhopeful
Jul 13 30 Comments

Hello.

My manager left the company on his accord as he was pissed with his incompetent VP.
VP was directly managing me for few months

Finally, the leadership team realized that my VP of Analytics is really incompetent and let him go.

Now I am directly reporting to a different VP who came from eBay and has been pretty popular for 8+ years . I am doing well for myself as a lead analyst (getting appreciated in monthly all hands meet) but I really aim to become a director in a year from now . I have two direct reports but I am trying to grow my span of control

Can somebody recommend good books on being a better leader of team of Analysts or some other strategic mindset books for analysts . I am pretty hands on and have an MBA but I still feel I can brush up some skills .

Also, can you give me any other career advice for climbing the ladder from a lead analyst to a director or a senior director role quickly .

Thanks

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  • Credit Karma ckftw
    Work on your writing skills. Your use of periods (or lack of) is going to hold you back.
    Jul 13 4
    • Walmart.com h1bhopeful
      OP
      Thank you . I will make sure I won’t send out any communication to VP while shitting :-)
      Jul 13
    • Credit Karma ckftw
      You still messed it up with this reply.

      A “.” NEVER has a space before it.
      Jul 13
    • General Atomics cardiolo
      What about this

      cd ..
      Jul 13
    • Credit Karma ckftw
      Lots of analytics folks don’t use the command line :)
      Jul 13
  • Uber / Eng itsdara
    Hire more
    Jul 13 3
    • Walmart.com h1bhopeful
      OP
      Sure . Need to justify. Somebody told me to increase my responsibility and show I need more people.
      Jul 13
    • Uber / Eng itsdara
      That's above my pay grade
      Jul 13
    • Amazon loolooloo
      Hire me 🙃
      Jul 13
  • JUUL j2mtdkr
    The first rule above all others is understand what your new bosses priorities are and align to those. You don't need to be coming up with the strategic direction of the team. That's the VP's role with the other exec team members. Have an in depth discussion about what their top objectives are from the top and help achieve those ASAP. It may be team growth, it may be an advancement of the product line, either way this is an opportunity to have a reset and re-alignment on your goals and objectives. This is also a time to get critical feedback on how you and your team is viewed by others from someone who is new, has been briefed by exec management on what they think of you and your team, and can convey insight to you that otherwise you wouldn't get.
    Jul 13 1
    • New
      sudomeme

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      sudomememore
      This. Your job, no matter what your level, is to make your boss look good to his boss and his boss’ boss. I used to work at Walmart, and the minute I stopped focusing on making myself look good and making my VP shine instead, I got promoted to an L6. Getting to L8-L10 helps if you’ve been at WMT at least a year in an L5-L6 role.
      Jul 13
  • Oath Buildwall
    To grow in Walmart u should either be Indian or have Have influence on the managers above you who are mostly Indian 😂😂
    Jul 13 0
  • Facebook / Other
    Janitorque

    Facebook Other

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    Janitorquemore
    Director has to mean something very different at Walmart. The folks who are directors at FB or Google are in the top 1% of their orgs. There's no level 5 who can get there (level 8) in fewer than 5 years - and they've got to be utterly extraordinary. As a reference point, one of the directors at FB ran a 1000 plus org and came in as Sr. Manager. Best to figure out what works internally at Walmart.
    Jul 13 0
  • Samsung statarb
    Don’t beat around the bush. Sit your boss down and tell him about your capabilities, goals and ambitions. Identify areas where you can contribute and have those personnel report to you. Stage it in such a way that you show progress as more folks roll under you. If you get a no, or verbage along the lines of you are not ready, be prepared to leave. Don’t waste your time on grammar and punctuation — it’s for lower level guys who intend to stay at those levels.
    Jul 13 0
  • Walmart.com h1bhopeful
    OP
    I can’t be too direct that I want to be a director. Have to be subtle about it
    Jul 13 2
    • Jet GgcE62
      Why can’t you say you are committed to the team and are producing a lot and are interested in knowing what it would take to get to the next level?
      Jul 13
    • Amazon Bill.
      What do you mean subtle? You think you will be subtly promoted. What is your current role and yoe?
      Jul 13
  • Facebook / Eng
    madhuridix

    Facebook Eng

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    madhuridixmore
    Buy ladder. Climb.
    Become director
    Jul 14 0
  • Google my name
    Try to understand how charisma works

    Book: what got you here won't get you there
    Jul 14 0
  • Facebook FfEV64
    How many years of experience do you have? Is this your first time managing people?
    Jul 13 0
  • Amazon аlv
    Who moved my cheese 🧀
    Jul 13 0
  • Walmart.com h1bhopeful
    OP
    Thanks. Solid book
    Jul 14 2
    • Axtria DesiLaunda
      Which one?
      Jul 14
    • Walmart.com h1bhopeful
      OP
      Book: what got you here won't get you there
      Jul 14
  • Amazon ZeffJebos
    Ward.
    Jul 13 1
  • Walmart.com h1bhopeful
    OP
    Yes, this is the first time I am getting direct reports. I have 5+ years experience in the Analytics Space. I have started getting recognized within 5 months of joining the company in monthly meetings. I am supposed to be getting one more direct report. However, I was on a roll when my ex VP was in a flux after my hiring manager had left. I could do anything I want. Now, the new VP wants a Sr Director and me to work together to align and have clear cut strategy. I want to put my best foot forward as I am meeting him on Monday. Reputation precedes you but I want to keep it that way. Hard to do it when there are reorgs.
    Jul 13 0
  • Axtria DesiLaunda
    Are you hiring?
    Jul 13 0
  • Jet GgcE62
    Ask the new VP who seems to like you for advice
    Jul 13 0
  • Walmart.com h1bhopeful
    OP
    Who says I am still in Walmart :-)
    Jul 13 0

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