Who benefits when ambitious professional women like you get that seat at the top table?
You do, of course.
But I believe we ALL do.
The world needs women at senior levels.
And my mission is to help you get there.
In this blog, I am going to outline my Three Powerful Secrets that you can take to help you transform your career without risking burnout.
These are derived from my extensive experience operating at the highest levels in the Civil Service, added to my powerful coaching tools and techniques based on the latest neuroscience.
Together, these Secrets amount to rocket fuel for your career.
Secret One: Fulfil Your Potential - where are you going, and how are you going to get there?
To achieve your career goals, you have to know what they are. This is self-evident.
But it’s also sometimes easier said than done.
You need to spend time defining the vision of your ambition before you can plot a path to get there. Without this, you are literally aimless.
This can be done with a combination of understanding your values, defining the pros and cons of where you are now, and visualisation exercises of your desired future.
Once you’ve identified your career goal, you need to work out your plan of action to get you there.
As with all good plans, this should include short-, medium- and long- terms plans.
And these plans should work WITH the grain of who you are.
(There’s no point defining a plan that requires you to spend hours networking if you detest it.)
"We are what we repeatedly do." So said Aristotle.
To the same degree, we only achieve the goals that we repeatedly spend time on.
Tenacious consistency is the essence of success.
Without this, with the best of intentions, most people never follow-through on the big goals because they're too busy being distracted putting out the daily fires.
You need to find the systems in your working life that will enable you to drive forward along your path towards your career goal.
Secret Two: Feed Your Talent - how to make the most of who you are
There is a lack of female role models at senior levels.
This can make it difficult for women: without an effective example to follow, women can “ricochet from Margaret Thatcher to Mother Teresa in the same day”. (Jenni Hallam, a coaching colleague.)
It is vital that you take ownership of your reputation, and define exactly how you best operate in your context. If you don’t do this for yourself, others will do it for you.
Don’t let them. Own your personal brand.
Everyone needs supporters. People you can call on when the going gets tough: for advice; to help you bypass blockers; to speak up for you when you need it.
These people don’t appear by magic - they require finding and nurturing, so they are there when you need them.
It takes a village to raise a child; it takes a network to drive a career.
The evidence suggests that women underestimate their skills.
You need to objectively analyse your strengths and weaknesses, so that you can build on the former, and (where necessary) negate the latter.