[RECAP] Q1 Evening Series Event | February #WTCcoaches
Updated: Aug 29, 2018
Five professional coaches shared with us some of their best tips for managing your career.
Below are a few nuggets of insight our team captured. Share your takeaways and thoughts about the event using #WTCcoaches.
The Coaches: How to reach them, what they have coming up and programs to get involved in...
"Do not volunteer for a task that doesn't make a direct contribution to your career success." - Judy Hoberman
In other words ladies, unless you really truly want to be the one planning the office party, don't volunteer, and instead find something that will build your resume. - Bri
"When you devalue yourself, you give others leverage to take advantage of you." - Tanis Cornell
Don't be your own mean girl. Stand tall, shoulders back and ignore that voice trying to chime in with irrelevant nonsense. - Bri
"What's your buzz? What do people say about you when you're not in the room? It's important to understand current state, before you create a strategy." - Rocky Garza
Really want to get serious about it? Create a 3-4 question survey on SurveyMonkey and set responses to be anonymous. Now send it to 5 people who you interact with professionally. What 3 words would they use to describe you? What would they recommend you ramp up on to enhance your career even further? Do you adapt to change well? (hint: these are all questions asked in 'checking references' for employers...why not get a head start to see what they would say and use it for personal reflection? - Bri
"You have to be aware of who the players are in your organization. Draw a network map of who they are and who influences them." - Kelley Johnson
Internal politics and managing up both heavily rely on influence. Who is pitching who to gain buy-in? You need executive support for an idea you have but who else can you share the idea with to show momentum and validation? Careful to not share the idea explicitly or detailed in writing. Not that someone would but...you never know who will sneak off claiming credit for your idea. Knowing the tenured employees in your company on a personal level can be invaluable. You don't have to hang out on the weekends but...offer to buy them lunch. - Bri
"Success in life and business begins with self-mastery." - Pat Alva-Kraker
Ask yourself the hard questions. Take the self-assessments. Not the ones in the back of magazines or on Facebook to determine "Which Slightly Misremembered Office Space Quote Are You?". Check out StrengthsFinder, Myers Briggs, or a personal favorite...How to Fascinate. - Bri
"When you devalue yourself you give others leverage to take advantage of you." - Tanis
"Start by defining "influence" for you. How do you define it? How will you put it to work?" - Tanis
"Key to successful leaders is taking feedback. Take the hit." - Rocky
"If you're wearing a game face that is not authentic, you are going to be exhausted." - Rocky
"I decided not to let people turn me into who they are." - Rocky
"A good coach sees the potential you don't see in yourself. And the roadblocks you don't see." - Kelley
"Ask coaches who their ideal client is as you're evaluating who to work with." - Kelley
"Your coach should challenge you, not be a 'yes' coach." - Judy
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