There are an endless number of reasons why your performance review did not go as planned. Perhaps you were blindsided or even knew it was coming, either way there is hope.
Yes, I am your hope dealer, and dream pusher for today! My goal is to provide somewhat of an action plan, a way to come back strong from a negative performance experience.
This article is not to lay blame but assign accountability and responsibility. To ourselves only. I have been there! This is experiential knowledge because I have walked thru this before.
“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.”
To my fellow leaders...This season is your time to shine!
We do not know how long this will last and chances are this may become the “new normal” for many of us. Working from an alternative location is now an option on the table for many organizations where as before it was limited or luxury.
It is important during times of uneasiness, uncertainty and crisis that leaders step up to shine, as a servant. How can you serve your colleagues, teammates, & reports? Here are a few suggestions
Attention lady career professionals! Are you job searching for a new position? preparing for a PROMOTION opportunity? or just want to ELEVATING your career status?
Here are some tips to your BEST career...
#1 ASK QUESTIONS-
Be inquisitive about the future. Where are we going? What’s next? Look for the latest and greatest regarding your team, department, organization. Don’t overlook the industry, and profession outlook as well.
It doesn't happen right away.
When we are new to the position, just starting our career, the world is our oyster, and the opportunities are endless.Then maybe at some point along the way, boldness gave way to a lack of confidence in ourselves and our careers.
As we have conversations around gender equality and diverse inclusion, it is necessary to mention the vast gap in confidence that separates the sexes. The gap widens when considering intersectionality - women who are also a minority. In an article titled "The Confidency Gap", Claire Shipman and Katty Kay state that "confidence is a belief in one’s ability to succeed, a belief that stimulates action. In turn, taking action bolsters one’s belief in one’s ability to succeed.”
COMA - (n) a state of deep unconsciousness that lasts for a prolonged or indefinite period.
We acknowledge there is a sufficient amount of much motivational, inspirational and empowerment literature, videos, and journals. For every niche, purpose and pursuit. This one is none of that. This is simply a wake-up call!
Maybe you are me. Working hard and putting in the time knowing that it would eventually pay off with an eventual rise to power up the career ladder. Higher - position, salary, office, recognition. For the meantime though, paying dues, doing the assignments and being accountable to those in charge.
Or is this a more relevant truth? Cruising on the highway, in the safe lane. Life is good! Work is good! Putting in what it takes to stay afloat, stay onboard and not get thrown overboard. There is the to-do list that you check off daily.
Personal Positional Analysis Made Easy
Today is the day we defy the principles and teachings of yesteryear for Ladies! Yes, today for a moment we turn from demure to BOLD, from modest to boastful, and from behind the curtain to the spotlight! Let's shed the meek look and take on the CONFIDENT persona of the 21st century Lady!
I recall in charm school being taught the formalities of etiquette. We were taught table manners, conversational protocol and how to be confident but in an unassuming 2nd position sort of way. This week we are defiant! We embark on an exercise to take 1st position, be engaged & S.W.O.T. ourselves with pride! Taking a pause, a moment, to think only of OUR career, business & life goals. I love it!
There are certain moments in our lives that we recall as life changing & life altering. In this post I will be transparent about a defining, or should I say re-defining moment in my professional life.
At the time I was working night shift for the local sheriff's department. That was my permanent job. At the same time I was honeymooning with a temporary agency as a receptionist on the day shift. I was young and full of energy! In my early 20's and a recent college graduate I had the rest of my life in front of me. Which in my innocence, included conquering the professional world and offering my unbelievable skills as a phenomenal Leader and "smart chic" to the globe.
It was a slow night, and there was a lull in the usual brisk pace of night court life. Lisa (named changed to protect the innocent) called me over to her look at her green screen. In her tone I could tell she had some juicy information to share. "Can you believe this?", she squealed
Katrina Booker has been working with professionals & women in business for over ten years. She provides career and business coaching services, as well as, leadership insight and advice. Her educational background in business and leadership experience has given her a base from which to approach many topics - especially overcoming the frustrations of career life and expanding personal leadership style. She especially enjoys giving insight on leadership challenges, creative solutions to inefficiencies and career challenges.