Lessons in 'goal tending' at NEW Leadership Academy
Monday, June 08, 2015
Posted by: Barbara Francella
confidence, courage and agility to go after lofty goals," Colleen
Flaherty, vice president and general manager, Kroger Team for Kraft Foods, urged
nearly 200 emerging leaders attending "Delivering Real Results," the NEW
Leadership Academy webinar, June 5, 2015.
Flaherty; Kevin Arceneaux, region vice president, Pacific Coast Region for
Mondelēz International; and session leader Jo Miller, CEO of Women's Leadership
Coaching Inc., shared strategies for increasing visibility at work while
producing results that boost the bottom line.
The industry executives emphasized the importance of staying on top of your
company's goals. "It's our responsibility to be clear on expectations.
Have an open, candid relationship with your leader," Arceneaux advised.
"Pay attention to what the leader of the company is focused on. Keep track
of your personal results."
people need to answer three questions, he said: "What's expected of
me?" "How am I doing?" and "What can I do to improve?"As your responsibilities grow, "be coachable and open to learning new
things from your leader," Arceneaux said, adding that it's critical to
"show improvement in areas of concern."
Understanding what defines an optimal result is key, Flathery said. "Even
if you know what 'great' is, you need to make sure that definition is aligned
with your leader's."
Delivering on a lofty goal provides instant credibility and exposure within
your organization, she said. "Don't say, 'No one can get that done.'
Instead, think 'I'm the one!' Do
everything in your power to show, while you may not get it done, you exhausted
every option to try. There is always a way."
As careers progress, the nature of visibility and goals can change. "Earlier
in your career, it's about your performance," Flaherty noted. "Later,
it becomes more about your influence and your experience."
NEW members may register online for the next NEW
Leadership Academy webinar
"Leading Change," August 7 at 1 p.m. ET, for free. Non-members may
view webinars for $99 per session. Members may view previous NEW Leadership
Academy webinars in the NEW Study Hall.