'To do more, ask more,' women execs advise
Friday, September 30, 2016
Posted by: Rufino Cabang
Rachel Chiappetta of Mars Petcare, Alison Midili Smith of Publix and Pam Stewart of Coca-Cola brought insights to the NEW Academy supersession at NEW Summit.
questions can inspire others -- and yourself -- to think more creatively, be more
engaged and take action, according to a panel of women executives at the NEW
Leadership Academy supersession held during the NEW Leadership Summit, Sept.
30, in Orlando.
grocery sales director of Mars Petcare, Mars Inc.; Publix Super Markets' Alison
Midili Smith, vice president, talent and organizational development; and The
Coca-Cola Company's Pam Stewart, vice president, national retail sales, shared advice for examining your career goals during the "What Successful
Leaders Ask Themselves (and Others)" panel discussion. Jo Miller, CEO of Women’s Leadership
Coaching Inc., moderated the session.
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"If you ask
yourself 'Why?' enough times, you'll either get a complete and concise
answer, or you'll drive yourself insane," Miller said. She urged attendees
to instead concentrate on forward-looking questions – such as "What can I learn
from this?" -- which engage and motivate.
the questions you ask yourself, and the questions you ask others," Miller
For Chiappetta, the question
"Do I want to be the best 'in' the team, or do I want to be the best 'for'
the team?" -- suggested by an early-career mentor -- provided a lasting lesson in leadership.
The right questions invite
collaboration, too. "Asking 'What's your recommendation?' is important, humbling
and enabling," Stewart advised.
encourage growth and a sense of well-being, according to Smith, who asks
herself, "What did I do today to make a positive difference?"
"If you don't know
why you do what you do, it's going to be hard to inspire people," Chiappetta
When faced with a
difficult situation, Stewart looks for the lesson, asking herself, "What is here to teach me?"
Invest in your team to make the most of it, the leaders advised. Smith
recommends asking your team members, "What is it that I expect of each of
you and what will I give you in return?"
Stewart likes to ask, "How
can I be of service to best enable your success?"
Embrace growth and open-mindedness if you want to lead effectively. "Bring
a curious mindset," Miller said. "It can affect performance even more
than hard work."
"Remember, just because you have a seat at the executive table doesn't
mean you have all the answers," Chiappetta said.