Doug Heckman

Product Consultant, LinkedIn
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What do you do for work? Give us a few reasons why you love it.
I do product consulting with LinkedIn for our Sales Solutions division. We help companies leverage technology, data and relationships to sell more effectively. LinkedIn is a really an amazing company to work for. I love working for them because we actually help make an impact on people’s lives. I get to hear so many stories about how we have helped people find their dream job. But also through my division, making them more effective in sales than they ever have been before.
 
Your current company aside, name two other companies that you admire and explain why
Dollar Shave Company – They took a basic product, razors, which wasn’t really exciting and made it sexy through their marketing efforts. But it also broke the model of how to think out of the box for a product which most males need and use, and offered a unique solution gain market.  

Nike – They have an amazing brand name. From a business front, they continue to spark innovation and are leaders within the sporting market.
 
Which is more important: talent or work ethic? Why?
Work ethic, because you can’t teach that, especially later in life. If you can work hard, I can teach you almost anything.
 
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in your life?
Failure is information. We label it failure, but it’s more like, “This didn’t work, and I’m a problem solver, so I’ll try something else.”

Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.
 
How do you measure success at work? In life?
Success in work to me is seeing things developed and improve. Being able to reflect, but also measure steps of growth of business acumen is what I strive for. On a personal side in life, it’s fostering valuable relationships and seeing them bloom. It’s continually challenging myself and others around me to be successful, but always seeking harmony and the enjoyment in life.
 
How do you want the world to be different because you lived in it?
I want the world to lead with compassion in these 5 ways:  Assume the best in others. Know what makes them tick. Serve their needs. Accept responsibility. Assume the best intentions.