In the spirit of Women’s Day this month I wanted to look
specifically at some tips for women in the workplace. In many, if not most,
sectors of the workforce we have accomplished women that can boast successful
careers. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that the advice of
others who has gone before you is priceless. Therefore, I am a firm believer in
putting together your own personal board of advisers that can guide you, and
help you keep direction when you face tough choices in your career.
I have to confess this is not my own brilliant idea. I first
heard of this when I read Caroline Dowd-Higgins book This is Not the Career I Ordered. But she’s a
smart woman who knows what she is talking about, so allow me to share some of
my thoughts on this with you:
Making the cut
The first and most important question is: how do you select the right people to
be on your board? Start with people in your work circle that you admire and who
will be able to provide you with valuable insight in your career and choices.
It must be people that will be honest with you, and help you to think
differently about situations; after all you want to get a different
The other factor to keep in mind is that it’s important to select people that
know you well, that you have easy access to, and will be willing to help and
listen when the time comes. There is no use in wanting to add Richard Branson
to your list as you have never even met the guy.
So what of type of people do you need to include in your mix to make sure this
works for you? I give you my top 3 suggestions:
First off you need somebody who can be your conscience when your own one has
gotten too bogged down with everyday stuff. It’s important to have somebody
that can keep you accountable and help you to push forward to accomplish your
goals. This needs to be a person that can be honest with you at all times and
practice some tuff love when needed to make sure you persevere.
Having a Networker on your Boards is critically important as this individual
will be somebody that knows people. So if you need a connection, want to talk
to a specialist or tap into some specific market intelligence, this individual
would be able to help you connect with the right people.
This individual can assist you with the bigger picture, help you dream a little
and assist you with identifying goals that will help you reach that next step
in your career. This person will need to be objective and practical but can
also be a motivator when required.
So in this month of celebrating women, start to gather your board of
advisors and give your career a boost.
For more on this topic visit Caroline Dowd-Higgins blog.
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