Members redefine their jobs at Leadership Academy
Friday, June 06, 2014
Posted by: Barbara Francella
Nearly 500 NEW
members learned to communicate their value at work and take greater control of
their careers at the NEW Leadership Academy webinar "Negotiating Your Role,”
June 6, 2014.
Jane Hilk, executive
vice president and president, enhancers and snack nuts for Kraft Foods Group
Inc., and Jeff Lyons, senior vice president of fresh foods at Costco Wholesale
Corporation, offered advice for presenting a persuasive personal business case
when renegotiating a job. The
one-hour session was led by career coach Jo
Miller, CEO of Women’s Leadership Coaching.
To position themselves
for a new role at work, women should "ask for what they want and contribute to
their organizations at a higher level,” Hilk said. Before asking for a change,
"anticipate [management’s] concerns and the questions you might be asked — and
be prepared to answer.”
Sometimes, a soft touch
may be required to get what you want, she added. "Be in command, don’t demand.
Make the ask, but in the right way.”
"Attitude is crucial,”
Lyons agreed. The wrong approach can threaten a supervisor or lead to
management misjudging your motivation.
"Negotiating your role
has a lot to do with moving forward in a consistent manner throughout your
career,” he said. "We are responsible for ourselves and should not relinquish
Before negotiating for —
or accepting — a new role, consider the importance of being stretched in
terms of performance and responsibility and the value of exposure to new people
and experiences, Hilk advised.
Take a thorough
self-inventory, Lyons added. Questions such as "Can you benefit the
organization?” and "Are you willing to do the work?” should inform career
Before asking for a new
role, know its value to the business, Hilk said. "If the business does well,
you will do well.”
The next one-hour NEW
Leadership Academy webinar, "Managing a Multigenerational Team," is
Aug. 1 at 1 p.m. ET. Members may register for free and view previous NEW
Leadership Academy webinars in the Study Hall.
Debbie Busque Guimond and her peers at Delhaize America attend
the NEW Leadership Academy webinar, June 6.