Emerging leaders learn to 'Accelerate' their careers
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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
The competencies for effective leadership include:
and empowers individuals
and empowers groups and teams
Career derailers include:
changing or adapting
to manage career
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
"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 newonline.org/accelerator 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.