Eager to advance? Show it
Monday, February 6, 2017
Posted by: Rufino Cabang
"Don't wait for
permission — or an invitation — to lead," career coach Jo Miller told online attendees during
the year's second NEW Summit Speaker Series webinar, Feb. 1, 2017.
Miller, CEO of Women's Leadership Coaching, led
the one-hour session "4 Types of Courage." Miller shared advice for
professionals eager to transition from high-performing employees to emerging
Knowing your professional
"superpower” is key to career success, but tying that to your employee’s mission
is critical. "If you try to build a
career only around your passion and talents, it could be an expensive
hobby," Miller said. "Understand your leaders and their goals."
Seek opportunities to
demonstrate your abilities, Miller advised. "Look for ways to lead. You'll
find them everywhere."
Miller offered these
tips for pushing a career forward:
Own your niche. Active re-branding may be necessary, Miller noted. "Remember to
say 'no' to the roles, tasks or challenges that aren't in your niche."
Rewire your thinking. Transition
from doing to leading – go from executing to envisioning, she said.
Focus on the journey. "Don't let the 'get 'er done' mentality get
in the way of you being able to move ahead," Miller cautioned.
Confront with dignity. "Don't react out of anger or
frustration," Miller advised. "Demonstrate warmth and authority. Show
that you're not a pushover."
Influence upward. "Master the 'meeting before the meeting,’"
to pre-sell big ideas, Miller advised, adding women should note and work to complement
their leaders' communication styles.
Speak up for yourself. "Know the right time and place to
challenge your leaders, but don't be afraid to have conversations," Miller
said. "Speak at a high level about the situation, but answer questions
Take your courage. "Be preemptive in claiming credit for your
work more frequently," Miller said. "Share your wins."
"Come to work every
day knowing you get to be a leader if you choose," Miller said.
NEW members may register
free online for the next NEW Summit Speaker Series
webinar "The Confidence Effect" with The GKC Group CEO Grace
Killelea, March 8 at 1 p.m. ET. Members may view previous webinars in the NEW
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