Inspiration for a Dreary Day

8 May

1.  Cruising down Fifth Avenue singing the Eagles at the top of my lungs was a good way to get ENERGIZED on this bleary, raining morning. OH YOU CAN’T HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDE YOUR LYIN’ EYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES AND YOUR SMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILE IS A THIN DISGUISE

2. One of the biggest challenges for me in networking/business development is breaking out of my comfort zone.  I’m more than happy to make efforts that are in my zone of comfort, but once I’m out of that zone, I have a terrible tendency to make excuses or skip events.  The When I Grow Up blog has a great guest post today about how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable

3.  This Wall Street Journal Article: The XX Factor, What’s Holding Women Back? Is also a thorough and thought provoking must read.  More than just asking questions, this article provides toolkits for encouraging the recognition of women’s accomplishments, and promotion of women into the top tiers of leadership.  My favorite section is the personal toolkit:

Personal Strategies: Tools for the Individual

1 Raise Your Hand. Own your accomplishments, and don’t overplay failures. Volunteer for high-risk assignments. Ask and negotiate for what you want.

2 Do Self-Assessments. Regularly consider, “How do people experience me? Am I a game changer and value creator who builds trusting relationships?”

3 Cultivate Relationships. Don’t just network; bond with key peers, male and female, who know you and support your ambitions. Ask for and accept help.

4 Use Adaptive Communication. Know your audience and anticipate their response. Use language as a tool for influence. Learn to interrupt effectively.

“Women need to raise their hands for tough assignments, for the ugly jobs,” says Dee Dee Myers, managing director of Glover Park Group, former White House press secretary and co-chair of the group. “The first step in being able to do that is to own our accomplishments,” she says. Regular self-assessment can help, she says.

These are all issues I’ve been working on, and this article was a welcome reminder.

4.  NPR re-played an old interview with Barbara Walters a few Saturdays back. Her recipe for success has been bouncing around in my head ever since: “Get your foot in the door, work harder than anyone else, and don’t whine.”

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