Nancy Fredericks pens Women Lead Change's "Mindful Mondays" column, appearing the second Monday of every month. Fredericks is a preeminent Business Executive Strategist, Author and Thought Leader. Corporations like Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Adobe, Allergan and Transamerica have retained her to optimize individual and organizational performance. You can find her at www.CareerStretchZone.com. The views of Nancy Frederick's blogs represent her own and not necessarily the views of Women Lead Change.
Happy New Year!
What a mind-blowing sea change we’ve experienced in the last several months of 2017 where women’s voices roared and were heard by those in power. The sudden toppling of industry titans has created a momentous cultural shift.
Unquestionably, we’re at the turning point for women in business.
What is my dream for every one of you: To be fully engaged, fully feminine, and fully you. And then, that you use your empowered voice to improve not only your career but for the betterment of the business culture as well by creating a world where everyone is entrusted to make a difference.
Despite toppling kingdoms being a heady experience and your eagerness to soar into the new reality of possibility for your career, pause to fully leverage your voice so it reflects you, and what you truly value.
In the pause, ask strategic questions. They’ll jump-start your year because the act of inquiry opens doors to new ideas, new pathways, and new levels of influence. Try incorporating these three career empowerment switch points of change; they are guaranteed to add momentum to your career.
Identify Your “Golden Touch:” For year’s women have unknowingly held their future small by spending time focused on work far below their level of responsibility—not a good strategy for designing a fulfilling future. Ask yourself, in which areas are my skills, knowledge, and expertise—and mine alone—the difference-maker?
Then, once you’ve categorized them, try this experiment: Examine your workload, what you’re handling and what crosses your desk. Does it involve your Golden Touch, which is what your company is paying you the big bucks to accomplish? If not, pinpoint who in the organization should be responsible. So, use bothyour Golden Touch and promote your subordinates in employing their Golden Touch. This exercise secures you a windfall of time to work on projects at higher-levels of the organization, which is where the influencers and change-makers reside.
Identify Your Strengths: Playing to your strong suit is the winning formula for long-term success. According to Gallup, you’re six times more engaged at work which leads to you being far more productivity on-the-job. If you don’t know what your strengths are, discover them by asking these questions:
Identify a “Big Picture” for Your Future:
As you design your future, you end up expanding to fill the space you’ve created. Fashioning your "Big Picture" is your opportunity to bring to light your purpose—what you were born to be—and then, to utilize your unique potentiality to carve out a fulfilling career for yourself.
Keep in mind, lack of action is deadly. The choice is yours. However, it does require strategic thought on your part. So, take the time to transform your thinking as you position yourself to take advantage of today’s new reality for women. Now, unleash yourself to change the world!