Leadership Academy offers strategies to stay motivated
Monday, February 10, 2014
Posted by: Barbara Francella
than 380 Network of Executive Women members learned how to maintain high
performance in times of stress and bounce back from business setbacks during
the NEW Leadership Academy webinar, Feb. 7, 2014.
Career coach Jo Miller, CEO of Women’s Leadership Coaching, offered real-life strategies
for "Staying Motivated and Engaged” during the year’s first Leadership Academy
going to tell you to drink more coffee,” Miller said. "I’m not going to share
research like ‘It’s great to take an afternoon nap,’ because how often will you
get to experience that in your workplace?”
challenged at work, Miller advised, reflect on the importance of a project "to
yourself, what it might mean for your customers and for your company.”
friends at work is a key to maintaining high performance, she noted. Having a
"best friend” at work, "someone that you’re looking forward to seeing every day
or a number of different people that you like to work with” can make a positive
difference in your performance.
women leaders are known to manage their energy rather than their time, Miller added.
"Identify energy drains, the things that suck the wind out of your sails… [and]
the things that give you a natural boost.”
who are "energizers” for other people tend to have more energy themselves.
Miller, who had once assumed that being an "energizer” meant being highly
charismatic, gregarious and entertaining, said the term actually applies to people
who bring themselves fully to an interaction. "Start by being fully present.”
Miller said. "Truly listening to another person can energize them and loop back
and feed back into your own high performance.”
healthy level of resilience sets women who move on to leadership roles from
others in the workplace. Miller shared three tips for building resilience:
yourself to be that ‘glass half-full” individual,” said Miller, stressing the
value of a having positive attitude.
failure as feedback,” as well as an opportunity to learn.
like mindful meditation, she said, can help women bounce back from seeming
defeat. "Regulate your emotions,” Miller said. "We lose our resilience at times
when we need it most.”
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