The Future of Work
Giver or taker? Able to turn “on” and “off” assertive and confident behavior as appropriate to professional circumstance? How do you plan to work your way to the top?
How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace
Consider holding a practice “elevator speech” session with your direct reports. Ask them to describe a recent accomplishment and seek your involvement in next steps.
You suddenly find yourself in the elevator with a Vice Chancellor, Dean, Chair of your department or some other senior executive. What do you tell them about yourself and your work?
MAKE YOURSELF RELEVANT
What does the person you’re talking to care about? Make yourself and your work relevant to them.
KEEP IT POSITIVE
Focus on what you are accomplishing and contributing. Save the list of requests and complaints for another time. People like positivity.
Include your team members, co-workers, and direct reports when talking about projects and successes.
INCLUDE NEXT STEPS
Don’t just mention what you’ve accomplished, include what you are about to do next.
Ask your “influencer” to become involved with or review your work. Seek collaboration not just recognition.
In practice: Good morning (Vice Chancellor _______). Not sure if you saw the new feature my team just launched on our website? We think it will really help support your major initiative in (______). People have given us incredibly positive feedback so far. My team worked really hard and I’m so proud of them (especially _insert names here). We’re thinking of expanding this site and wonder if you might want to provide us with your feedback? I’ll be happy to follow up with an email. BOOM!
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