To increase your chances of getting a promotion, wise career coaches often advise you to dress like you have the job you want, not the one you have.
Why is dress so important? Well, the clothes still don’t make the wo/man, but often they do help you feel like you’re ready for that big step. And it’s that feeling — of confidence and readiness — that communicates most powerfully about your ability in the moments after the person across the meeting table notices your new outfit.
What’s with that “feeling”? Isn’t that a bit squishy?
People know “boardroom presence” when they see it, but how can you develop it if you’ve never been in the boardroom hot seat? It seems like a chicken-and-egg problem, doesn’t it?
The good news is that the kind of executive presence that works in the boardroom also works in your day-to-day job, so you can develop it anywhere and any time. (read more…)
A recent piece by Forbes contributor Liz Ryan extolled the Millennial Way, or at least some of the logic behind it. In her column, Ryan sought to assuage concerns of baby boomer parents and frustrated executives, telling them that Gen Y’s approach to life and their attitude about employment is healthier and more balanced than we think and something that all of us should have done years ago.
“Anyone who argues for a more human-centric approach to work,” she wrote, “is a hero in our book, and that quality is what millennials are most well-known for. They aren’t willing to fall in line and take a lousy job just to get an apartment that’s the envy of their friends. What good would the apartment do them, if they hate their job and therefore hate their life?”
In her well-articulated defense, Ryan highlighted two millennial propensities: an aversion to drinking the corporate Kool-Aid and a capacity to reinvent themselves as circumstances and interests warrant. (read more…)
Recently, social psychologists discovered a problem most of us have in preparing for the future: we think of our future selves as strangers — as different people altogether. Valuable insight into this problem is provided in research by two university educators — Hal Hershfield, an assistant professor in the marketing department of New York University’s Stern School of Business, and Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University and author of “The Willpower Instinct.”
In experiments with undergraduates, Hershfield discovered that students who were shown a digitally aged image of themselves allocated twice as much to their retirement accounts as those who didn’t see themselves as they aged. Hershfield says that “looking ahead in time and feeling a sense of connection to one’s future self can impact long-term financial decision-making, converting a consumer into a saver.” People with this “future self-continuity” also accumulate more assets than others, including owning their own homes and having bigger bank accounts. (read more…)
Diane is six months into her assignment as a midlevel manager in a large technology company. She was promoted to this position because of her previous “wild success” as a first-line manager, where she managed a team of engineers. She’s struggling in this new position, feeling ungrounded, overwhelmed and unable to lift herself up enough to see where her organization is heading.
She thought the transition to this midlevel position would be easy. But this is where the rubber meets the road in many companies. She will either find a way to become successful or she’ll fail. Unknowingly she’s being tested now to see if she has the mettle to get through the complexities she’s dealing with and manage a team of managers that will drive — in her words — “my organizational agendas forward.”
Wait a minute. What’s wrong with that last sentence?
Her organizational agendas! Nobody told her that she needed to have input from her team! (read more…)
How many times have you walked out of a meeting saying, “Well, that’s an hour of my life that I will never get back!” We seem to tolerate poor presentations in the workplace assuming that’s just the way it is, not thinking about or recognizing the negative impact poor communications has on business. Let’s face it; the quality of a presentation can make the difference between:
- Winning that next big job or a pointless pitch
- Team collaboration or needless conflict
- Profitability or money down the drain
In a world where the bottom line rules, how we communicate has a direct correlation to success and profitability.
Bringing people together costs money
Simply put, whether it’s a sales pitch, an analyst summit, industry event or everyday run-of-the-mill business meeting, it costs money to bring people together, whether on-site in a conference room or an event that is produced off-property. Meeting costs escalate quickly when you include the dollars for salaried employees taken away from work, travel, the venue itself, equipment, hiring production crews, as well as lodging and the cost of food and beverage. (read more…)