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Source: blog by Dr. Jaqueline M. Applegate, Head of Global Vegetable Seeds and Environmental Science, Crop Science Division

I recently spoke at the Women in Agribusiness Summit in Denver, Colorado, and shared how we need to go ALL IN in this age of acceleration. "All in" is a phrase that implies complete commitment. It comes from the game of poker when a player has a hand of cards so amazing they're ready to risk it all. They push their chips to the center of the table and go for it. All in.

The phrase "all in" can help us remember these five keys to success:

Adapting: In today's age of acceleration, change is non-stop. It's not a destination, but a journey and you need to develop the resilience to continually adapt to the turns, peaks, and valleys along the way.

Learning: Professional learning is a must, but we cannot ignore developing soft business skills. These skills include the ability to give and receive feedback, work collaboratively, use emotional intelligence, prioritize, and be resourceful. It's these self-developed skills that will enable you to thrive.

Listening: We need to become better at active listening by asking good questions and engaging others in candid conversations. Listen for things you don't want to hear and from people different than you, whose viewpoints and perspectives differ from yours.

Including: By including, I mean inclusiveness. It's important to surround yourself with a diverse team and that includes men and women but I'm also talking about diversity more broadly - diversity of experiences, ethnicities, styles and thoughts.

Networking: Joanna Barsh of McKinsey wrote an article saying the lack of networking has become an obstacle to career advancement for women. The irony is women are instinctively good at networking. So, get out of the office. Have lunch, dinner, coffee or drinks with your colleagues, your staff and your leadership when you can.

Uncertainty is one of the few things we can be certain of in today's age of acceleration and change. But here's another certainty: you won't enjoy or achieve success by taking a half-hearted approach. You need to go all in. When you do, you can fail, once, twice, a dozen times, but it will only bring you closer to success in an era of unprecedented change.

Earnest Hemingway said it best when he said, "It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end."

The possibility to help change the work is endless, and I am excited to be on this journey with you.

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