'Get out of your own way' to boost your career
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Posted by: Barbara Francella
"Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness," Lori
Hall, CEO of Knock Inc., told nearly 200 NEW members at the NEW Chicago spring
learning event, May 7, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois.
Hall joined Lori Alexander, manager, nutrition for PepsiCo Inc.;
Nancy Krejsa, senior vice president, investor relations and corporate communications
at Six Flags Entertainment Corp.; Chris Prociv, co-president at Innovation
Station; and Tierney Remick, senior client partner and president, consumer
market, Korn Ferry to share insights on bold career moves and self-advocacy
during the panel discussion "How to Get Out of Your Own Way." Dr.
Angela Joyner, vice president and general manager at ConAgra Foods Inc.,
moderated the event.
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The panelists emphasized the importance of communicating your career
goals and not being afraid to take risks. "Talk to people ahead of time,"
Krejsa said. "Don’t wait for the role [you are interested in] to open up."
Interested in a role for which you may not feel 100-percent
qualified? "Don’t underestimate the competence and expertise you
have," Remick advised.
Make it a point to foster self-confidence, Alexander said,
encouraging NEW members to keep an accomplishment journal to help with
confidence on a bad day. Hall advises "putting yourself outside your
comfort zone, and to keep doing it. The more you do it, you become
uncomfortable being comfortable.”
Building self-confidence in others is a key leadership trait. "Always
start feedback with a compliment," Krejsa advised, which makes a positive
difference in the recipient’s confidence and acceptance of the feedback.
Asked what career knowledge they would share with their 20-year-old
selves, the panel urged attendees to enjoy their career journey while taking steps
for personal development.
- Remick encouraged
attendees to make their career "an adventure."
feel entitled," Alexander cautioned. "Stay empowered. Find
aspirations and be happy in the moment"
Prociv advocated for "finding an internal or external mentor or life coach."
suggested "taking advantage of network organizations such as NEW."
Organizations sending large groups to the event include Coca-Cola,
ConAgra, Kraft Foods Group and Sears Holdings Corporation.
Gladson teammates Gina Bradley and Steve
Hasselbeck networked with
Angela Joyner of ConAgra Foods at the NEW Chicago spring event.