Category Archives: Self Promotion/Marketing Yourself

Be The Example Others Want To Follow

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, we honor and recognize the many women who have given so much to provide opportunity for American women today.  We often recall the significant, defining accomplishments in our history….Women’s Suffrage, the Civil Rights Movement, the Equal Rights Amendment.  We owe so much to the women who paved the way.

We also want to remember the women who were working quietly behind the scenes, making significant contributions in their respective fields, while persevering through their personal challenges for equality in society and in the workplace. 

I’m reminded of my own mother, who went to work when I, her youngest child, was a toddler. Her work with Head Start opened the world of educational opportunity to so many children. She was ambitious, having gone back to school to earn her degree and working hard to advance to a teacher position. She was passionate about her work and touched so many lives through her love for the children and families she served in Head Start, in her church, and in the community.  She is an example that has inspired me in my life and work.

You, too, have the opportunity to be that example of a woman who is making an impact wherever you work, live and serve.  But, you might fail to see your value. You’re so busy as a working woman, running to keep up with all the roles you play – mother, taxi driver, chef, caretaker, volunteer and work on top of that!

You have goals in the back of your mind that you want to achieve. But, you feel like you can’t carve out the time to work on them.  Or, you’re even unsure about what steps to take in order to make progress.

Don’t let those excuses hold you back any longer.  Download my guide, 5 Ways to Ensure Career Success, to uncover 5 often overlooked, yet highly effective strategies that, even if you have very little time, will accelerate progress toward your goals in your career and in your life.

History needs your contributions to the world. Don’t sell yourself short.  You’re writing history in your work every day.  How can you ensure you are leaving a legacy?

If you are looking to inspire others, mentoring is a great way to get involved, download my guide to mentoring here.

What’s Sabotaging Your Executive Presence?

Do you want to advance in your career?  If your goal is to rise up through the ranks quickly, you’ve got to have executive presence.  The impressions you leave can directly impact your ability to move up in the organization, to be trusted with greater and more important responsibilities, and to be an influencer. You don’t have to be an executive to be concerned about your executive presence.  Your executive presence, or lack thereof, can affect you from the start to the end of your career.

Executive presence is a combination of demonstrable outcomes and soft skills that come together to comprise your complete package.  Executive presence is the leadership or executive level capacity others see in you.  It is your package of business savvy, relationship savvy, and professional style.  

When someone tells you, “you need to work on your executive presence,” what does that mean? And, where do you start?  Because executive presence is more than a single dimension, you likely already possess some of the qualities. The first thing you should do is get a better understanding of where you are on the four dimensions of executive presence (business intelligence, business impact, relationships, and reputation), identifying what you’re missing and, therefore, where you need to give more attention. 

Are You Making These Common Mistakes?

In my observations, work, and discussions with professionals at various stages of their careers, I’ve come across 15 of the most common mistakes professionals make across the four dimensions of executive presence. Like many other professionals, you often don’t even realize the impact these mistakes have on the perceptions of your executive presence or your career. 

Review the list below.  Which of these mistakes may be impacting your career?

  • You Lack Business Intelligence 
  1. You don’t keep up to date with your knowledge of the business and industry as much as you should. You sometimes appear to be off the mark in decision making and setting priorities.
  2. You haven’t been invited to the meetings where leaders discuss the quarterly financials. So, you don’t proactively inquire to understand the drivers of revenue, profitability, and operations.
  3. You can’t remember the company’s mission, vision, or strategic priorities.
  • Your Business Impact Is Insignificant
  1. You’re not sure how your work impacts your team or organization’s success.
  2. You take projects as they come, not considering their importance to your team’s or the company’s business priorities.  
  3. You have a hard time demonstrating your impact on key business initiatives and priorities.
  4. You’re not inspired by the work you do and/or your work environment, which makes it tough to give your best.
  • You’re Missing Important Relationships
  1. You’re more of an introvert, which makes you uncomfortable reaching out to form constructive working relationships. 
  2. You haven’t proactively built a network of allies whom you can engage to get things done. 
  3. You’re afraid to speak up with your ideas and opinions, limiting your influence among others in the organization.
  • You’re Not Managing Your Reputation
  1. You’re modest and don’t want to seem boastful. So, others aren’t aware of your personal contributions to the growth of the business and on the success of key business initiatives and priorities.
  2. Your approach in interacting with others sometimes comes across negatively or differently than you intend. So, you’re not necessarily seen as a team player.
  3. You don’t come across as confident and knowledgeable when presenting or speaking.
  4. You dress more ‘casual’ than ‘business’.
  5. You inconsistently demonstrate the leadership values and characteristics respected by your organization.  Leaders don’t connect you with future leadership potential (runway). 

To troubleshoot your executive presence and find out where you might need to improve, click here to download my guide to know where you are going wrong and increasing your executive presence.