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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 Winter Olympics are now over, and the athletes have all returned to their respective countries. Does that mean their pursuit of excellence has ended?
With the exception of those who may have decided to retire after these Olympics, absolutely not!
The majority of the athletes from the recent Winter Olympic Games will continue to train and strive for excellence in their chosen sport. They will ask their coaches for advice on what they need to do to improve, to get better.
I see parallels to Olympians and their pursuit of gold medals with professional development training and executive coaching …
When a training program is done, and the participants pack up their handouts and the presenter puts away his or her laptop, is the learning over?
Yes, it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow.
Instead of thinking about flowers and chocolates and — if you’re single — whether your secret Valentine may feel the same way …
Why not take a minute to think about what you love about your job/career?
Many of us take for granted that we even DO have a job. With a very high unemployment rate and new college graduates struggling to find a good “fit” for their skills, let’s take a step back to appreciate what it is about our current job situation that we love.
If you’re thinking to yourself, “Ummmmm,” and are struggling to answer with anything positive, it’s time to look in the mirror and ask some hard questions.
• Could you benefit from an attitude adjustment?
In my last post, I discussed the challenges that job applicants face when interviewing for a different job within their same company. I mentioned people’s tendency to slack off with these interviews, assuming everything is known about them already, and that of course they are a shoe-in for the new position.
No matter how long you’ve been with your company, how terrific your reputation, or what you’ve achieved there … prepare to interview for this potential new job as competitively as any other position.
Don’t assume that others in your company know about your achievements; be sure to showcase them during the interview when appropriate.
And again, think honesty! Don’t exaggerate your accomplishments or EVER take credit for what someone else did, because it’s all too easy for these little white lies … I mean exaggerations … to be discovered.