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Leadership Academy offers strategies to stay motivated

Monday, February 10, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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More 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 webinar.

"I’m not 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?”

When 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.”

Having 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.

Successful 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.”

People 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.”

A healthy level of resilience sets women who move on to leadership roles from others in the workplace. Miller shared three tips for building resilience:

  • "Coach yourself to be that ‘glass half-full” individual,” said Miller, stressing the value of a having positive attitude.
  • "See failure as feedback,” as well as an opportunity to learn.
  • Tools 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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