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What's the Scouting Report on You?

Posted by Carol Seymour on Aug 21, 2019 10:00:00 AM


You are a top performer and have been for your whole career. Your manager knows it and is a great mentor and coach. But what if your manager leaves the company? How well are you known throughout the rest of the organization?

You may be doing very well with your own work group, perhaps even across your business unit. But what about beyond your day-to-day routines and meetings. How many relationships do you have across the enterprise in other units? In other geographies? In different functions?

If the scouting report on you is “she is a top performer, she always gets things done,” that’s good! But it’s not good enough. What is it about you that is valuable to others?

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Topics: Personal Brand, Managing Your Career, Advocating for Yourself, Intentional Mindset

Network? I barely have enough time to do my job.

Posted by Carol Seymour on Jun 28, 2019 8:49:09 AM


Why should I network? I hardly have enough time to do my job as it is.

What comes to mind when I say the word “network”?

Responses I have received run the gamut from “I know I need to build a network, but I don’t have time” to “I hate walking into a room of people I don’t know and trying to generate superficial conversations.” In many cases, the adjectives used are self-serving, inauthentic, uncomfortable, and downright overwhelming. But that’s not what I mean when I say “network”.

Network is not a verb. Network is a NOUN.

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Topics: Relationships, Intentional Mindset

Your Leadership Could Use Some Give

Posted by Carol Seymour on Jun 4, 2019 3:06:22 PM


The back of my business card reads: Signature is more than business excellence. It’s leading life intentionally.

I often say that if we lead life intentionally, we will be better business leaders, and likely better managers, colleagues, friends, and family members. Intentionality doesn’t always have to be pre-planned. Often, the most powerful actions we take are the ones we do in the moment.

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Topics: Leadership, Relationships, Intentional Mindset

Rainbow is My Favorite Color

Posted by Carol Seymour on Mar 28, 2019 8:50:12 AM

 

This week, we kicked off the first Signature program for 2019 in Charlotte, where I met 40 unique colors of the rainbow.

I took this photo when I was in Amsterdam because the message struck me. I thought it could be a tag line for Signature.

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Topics: Leadership, Relationships, Intentional Mindset

How Many Levels Does Your Network Have?

Posted by Carol Seymour on Feb 13, 2019 12:21:20 PM

 “Stop right there,” she said. “I’m in.”

I was dumbfounded that Ronee Hagen, CEO of PGI, Inc. (a Blackstone Company), had just agreed to join us as our CEO guest at a Signature Program. It was 2013. I had been introduced to her only a few weeks before by a mutual contact who thought we might hit it off with a joint passion for developing more women leaders. But I was just a new entrepreneur starting to gather some momentum and Ronee was the CEO of a company with over $7B in revenue.

But her response wasn’t luck.

The foundation for this successful conversation had started years before that call.

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Topics: Managing Your Career, Relationships, Intentional Mindset

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