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.
What are probiotics?
They are microorganisms many affirm provide health benefits when consumed. So,
how does that relate to a woman’s professional future? Probably not much;
however, what if there were small subtle concepts you could ingest and incorporate
which lead to a healthier, more robust career much as probiotics aid in your
wellbeing? Would you be interested?
As a consultant, strategic coach, leadership facilitator, and author, I am making
such a claim. So, what are some?
Eliminate Hidden Hooks: Butter melts in your mouth, and you’re sweet as candy,
but are you? Listen to yourself, peruse your emails particularly when you’re upset
or don’t like or are in a disagreement with someone. Have you buried a mean
comment that is consciously or unconsciously intended to sting or point fingers?
That’s a weak approach. It doesn’t attest to a leadership attitude, and indeed it
doesn’t have people going out of their way to support you. Keep in mind, being a
team player in your company is a crucial quality for those who reach the top.
Taking potshots may seem justified; it doesn’t provide a strong foundation for
constructing a career of merit.
An Inside Out Perspective: It doesn’t seem fair or accurate, yet its factual,
confidence counts for a lot in business. Research has revealed self-assurance
trumps ability! Expand your intrepid foundation by:
1. Making a practice of catching yourself doing good,
2. Stop criticizing yourself (Would you be as harsh to someone you respect?),
3. Recognizing and celebrating your wins,
4. Committing to continuous improvement—not as a put-down rather as a
5. Checking out your body language (What is it saying?)
Developing your confidence level internally and then, externally revealing it is the
simplest, and most powerful action you can take to build your career.
Do Away With Proving: Too often your reaction to idea blockades is to either
argue or defend your position. Both are the weakest of all responses. Instead, hold
steady, stand tall, ask clarifying questions—not a Sherlock Holmes-like boxing
someone into a corner line of attack—and then, actively listen to elicit a broader
awareness of their standpoint before commenting. The reality is the more you
understand someone else, the more powerful a dialogue you can generate; and
because you took time to listen, the more they will trust you, which aids in
bringing about insight for both parties. A shift from proving to listening is a
leadership characteristic—one you want as part of your arsenal to advance your
Boxed-In Thinking: You may surmise your best-bet for winning in today’s
tumultuous corporate environment is to concede your line of reasoning as
controversial issues come to the forefront. Such an attitude may serve you short-
term. Unfortunately, it won't shake anything up nor add value to the decision-
making process. With commerce identifying their top priority as innovative thought,
you will be limiting your career by not voicing ideas to trigger a
broadening of viewpoints. Obediently hunkering-down in your assigned corporate
box is rarely warranted. It may feel safe, but it doesn't demonstrate leadership.
What tactical shift are you planning on making to improve the health of your
career? Don’t waste time, implement the concept that most resonates with you and
your desire to be the best!