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Emerging leaders learn to 'Accelerate' their careers

Saturday, February 07, 2015  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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Nearly 400 emerging leaders learned the eight competencies they'll need to be effective leaders -- and were warned of five potential career derailers – outlined in the NEW Career Accelerator Model™ during the NEW Leadership Academy, Feb. 6, 2015. The Career Accelerator Model™ was developed in partnership with the world-renown Center for Creative Leadership specifically for the retail, consumer goods and services industry.

NEW Board member Karen Stuckey, senior vice president, softlines and general merchandise sourcing for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., was joined by NEW Learning Manager Eileen Tarjan, NEW Director of Talent Development Robert Solomon and NEW Leadership Academy facilitator Jo Miller of Women's Leadership Coaching Inc. for the one-hour webinar.

"Understanding career competencies and derailers is a building block for advancement," Solomon noted.By focusing on executive-level competencies, the Career Accelerator Model™ defines skills entry- and mid-level professionals should develop to position themselves for top roles in the industry.

The competencies for effective leadership include:

  • Develops and empowers individuals
  • Develops and empowers groups and teams
  • Strategic planning
  • Communication
  • Inspiring commitment
  • Leading change
  • Political skill
  • Results orientation

Career derailers include:

  • Problems with relationships
  • Difficulty changing or adapting
  • Narrow functional orientation
  • Fails to manage career
  • Does not effectively take risks

Results orientation, or the ability to deliver results that contribute to the bottom line, is a critical competency, Stuckey noted. "If our mission is to advance women, we need to grow business. Don't confuse effort and activity with results."

She also stressed the importance of lateral moves to build a career. "They build upon your learning for new career roles."

To advance their careers, Solomon said, emerging leaders must share their expertise and develop and empower others. "If you cannot be replaced, you cannot be promoted," Solomon said.

"Be intentional about your career," he added. "How do you practice sustainable excellence, the forward career moves that make you happy?"

"When you feel the most passionate, engaged and valued is usually not when you're in your comfort zone," Stuckey added, "but when your work is the most challenging."

To learn more about the NEW Career Accelerator Model and career-building workshops for your organization, visit and download "Accelerators: Critical Competencies for Women Leaders in Retail and Consumer Goods."

NEW members may register for the next NEW Leadership Academy webinar, "Stretch Assignments" on March 6 at 1 p.m. ET for free. Non-members may view webinars for $99 per session. Previous NEW Leadership Academy webinars may be viewed in the NEW Study Hall.

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