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One of my past coaching clients recently reached out to me to reconnect. He was proud of his latest accomplishment — moving from a sales role to a marketing position within the same organization.
Greg felt he would have a better opportunity for advancement and less travel in the new marketing position, and he was indeed thriving.
He shared how he accomplished this move successfully with the use of internal advocates. Greg first identified the type of advocates he needed; people in the marketing department.
Greg then narrowed his focus on two people that could influence the hiring decision. He LinkedIn with them, and let them know when he would be at headquarters, and asked for informational interviews.
At these meetings, Greg gave them insights from the field that could help with their next marketing campaign.
The way that businesses operate is changing in many ways. Concepts about effective leadership are changing, as is the prevalence of flex-time, shared jobs, working virtually from home, and the need to influence with or without authority based on a title or pay grade.
Companies are looking for outside-the-box thinkers and leadership abilities at all levels from the mailroom to the boardroom.
They want a “new school” way of thinking and not the “old school” mentality that what worked before is good enough.
Employers are complaining they cannot find new hires with the skills they need, and their bottom lines are suffering.
Would-be employees — particularly recently minted college graduates — are complaining that they can’t find positions that give them the chance to fully demonstrate their skills and talents.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
This May 5th holiday originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the Civil War, but has morphed into a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.
Luckily, we are not engaged in a civil war, and our freedom and democracy continues. This freedom extends to your career — you have the freedom to take it anywhere you want it to go! And although research still shows that the glass ceiling is still an issue for many women in the workplace, you do not have to be settle for gender-related — or any — limitations.
So, perhaps Cinco de Mayo is a good day to celebrate your freedom to build your career and professionalism.
We’ve all heard the expression that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
In our current business environment, being top notch at your job and sitting around waiting to be lauded, rewarded, and promoted won’t really cut it. What you know is important, but who you know can really fast-forward your career.
I’m talking about finding sponsors, also known as advocates.
What’s the difference between having a mentor and having a sponsor? According to Sylvia Ann Hewlett, CEO of The Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) and author of Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career, “A mentor gives you friendly advice. A sponsor is senior in your organization or world and has the power to get you that next job.”
In other words, a sponsor is someone who will advocate directly for you.
The 2014 Masters Tournament is underway as I write this post — always an exciting event for everyone who loves the sport of golf.
This year’s field of golfers consists of 91 professionals and six amateurs, representing a total of 21 countries — all vying for the winner’s coveted green jacket.
The idea of being a “master” has a certain amount of mystique, doesn’t it? What are the factors that afford mastery? Is it raw talent? Luck? Training? Practice? A combination of these things?
I find the whole concept of mastery intriguing. Although we might not get the press, the adulation, or the same high-visibility perks as some of golf’s greats now playing in the Masters, we can still strive for mastery in many different areas of our lives, not just in sports.