If you’re an eager, type A, problem solver like me, you may seek out dozens of informal mentoring relationships through coffees and lunches, read tons of career books, watch hundreds of hours of TED talks, and hire an Executive Coach. Let me short circuit this for you.
Through this journey, I’ve recognized that there are 9 key skills that I wish I had learned much earlier in my career to navigate corporate from Professionals who have the scar tissue and war stories and were willing to be vulnerable enough share them in a practical manner.
1.Understanding why you feel this way
You’re not alone and you can be authentic in the workplace and still be successful. In fact, you may be more successful once you’re able to be your true self. Understanding why we feel alienated, we don’t belong, or fit in helps us to process the collectivist versus individualistic culture differences.
This is an overview of the Rigging Fellowship program including expectation setting and a detailed walk through of communication, content, and logistics.
How do I do influence my boss, my bosses’ boss and on up through the chain so that they can see the great work that I (or my team) is producing? Keeping your head down and working hard isn’t enough to get ahead, it’s also about ensuring the RIGHT people see your value at the RIGHT time.
3.Connecting with Colleagues
How do I develop authentic friendships with people around the water cooler, when I frankly don’t feel like we have that much that’s relatable? Ever feel like you’re the left landed one in a sea of right-handers? Warmth is one of the impressions that others form in as little as a tenth of a second and create long lasting assessments. Find ways to connect with others in a simple, yet meaningful way.
4.Presenting a new idea (gaining consensus)
You have a better way to do something that’s more efficient and better for the company, but how do you sell this idea so that you have others championing it versus feeling belittled or threatened by it?
5. ADVOCATING/Marketing For Yourself
Everyone is in the business of marketing, whether it’s in your title or not. How do you market yourself within and outside of your organization to provide visibility into who you are and what you’re working on? How do you manage your own career?
6. Developing the confidence to network when you have ‘nothing to offer’
Networking sounds slimey. How do you seek mentorship (or do you even need mentorship) or connect with others especially when you seemingly have nothing to offer immediately in return?
7. Negotiating your role or salary or promotion
You’ve done your homework, you’ve put in the hard work and gained consensus, now – how do you actually negotiate (and with whom) to ensure you’re advocating for yourself and not leaving value on the table?
8. Soliciting and getting constructive feedback to capitalize on your strengths
Few of us actually receive actionable feedback that is constructive. Usually, feedback is given once a year during review cycle and its so high level, that you’re not actually sure what you need to work on to get to the next level. How do you actually create settings where you’re getting constructive feedback from the right people?
9. Understanding how Promotion cycles really work
Beyond the rubric or guidelines that your manager or HR department may provide, how does management really have this discussion? What about the jobs that aren’t even posted officially? Understand how management thinks about people and business need to ensure you are setting yourself up for shot at earning that promotion.