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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

“H” is for: Help your sponsor articulate your value - know your unique gifts and strengths

Posted by Carol Seymour on Jun 20, 2018 10:00:00 AM

“You are responsible for driving your own career.” It’s a refrain we have all heard before, and it may seem obvious, so why do so many people struggle to do this effectively? Often, it is because we don’t know where we want to go. We can’t picture a career path because we can’t picture the destination. What if I told you that you don’t need to know where you want to go?

Your mentors, coaches, and most of all, your sponsors can help you pick a destination.

You just need to be able to articulate your value – your unique gifts – that will help you on the journey. If you can’t describe your own value, how can you expect anyone else to promote you?

In this blog on how to SHINE and earn a sponsor, we emphasize the importance of identifying your unique gifts, articulating them to potential sponsors, and utilizing your sponsors’ broader knowledge of the business to pick the best opportunities for you and your career.

 

What are you passionate about?

To find out, start with this simple exercise. On a piece of paper, create a left column and a right column. Each evening, on the left side, record your highest energy moment of the day; the point where you felt like you were “on fire.” On the right side, put down the moment that drained your energy; when you felt like you were “off.”

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Topics: Personal Brand, Sponsorship, Managing Your Career, Advocating for Yourself

Why Compromise? Salad, No Dressing Please!

Posted by Carol Seymour on Jun 7, 2015 6:53:00 AM

No dressing? Not even on the side?

I used to have this conversation with waiters incessantly: I'd be on the road in an established restaurant, order a salad, and request that it be served with no dressing. Each time, without fail, I would get the same response: “Are you sure—our dressings are made in-house,” or “The chef tailored this dressing specifically for this dish,” or any number of similar responses that made me sound like a crazy person for suggesting that a salad could possibly be digested without it! I finally got so tired of the dialogue that I began ordering dressing “on the side” before leaving it untouched.

It recently occurred to me that my salad challenge was just another example of how easy it is to slip into behaviors that others expect.

Why do we need to compromise ourselves?

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Topics: Personal Brand, Intentional Mindset

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