Hello SOTGC community,
From time to time, I like to reach out to experts and people on my personal board of directors to do a self-assessment of how I’m doing, career wise. Getting feedback from those you trust is an excellent way to advance your career.
Being ready to advance to that next level is called executive readiness. If you are interested in advancing your career, or feel like you are already ready for that next level, it’s important to have a plan on how to achieve your goals.
According to Bobbie, there are four key areas to consider when assessing your personal executive readiness:
1. Executive Brand
- Do you know what your personal brand is? Can you articulate it in a way that people know what you do, how you do it, and what they can expect from you?
- Do your practice self-promotion in a way that promotes your personal brand and is effective and authentic for you?
- Do you actively seek out and respond to opportunities to increase your profile and visibility in your organization?
2. Strategic Networking
- Do you have a networking strategy, and do you set aside dedicated time to connect with others?
- Have you identified the key people in your organization who can help advance your career – your relational resources – including mentors, sponsors and other advocates?
- Do you have an active digital footprint, and does your online presence showcase you in a way that makes people want to know and connect with you?
- Are you savvy at managing up and navigating organizational politics?
3. Intentional Career Path
- Do you have clear, defined goals and plan for your next career move?
- Are you involved in professional associations, external organizations and forums to stay current in your field?
- Do you know your strengths and areas of development; do you allocate time at least twice a year to assess your skills and qualifications to be sure you are on track?
- Do you maintain relationships with key executive recruiters in your industry?
- Do you have a Personal Board of Advisors who provide insight and input to your career planning and goals?
4. Executive Presence and Communications
- Does your dress, grooming, and overall appearance reflect your position and the position you aspire to?
- Do people pay attention when you speak; do you feel confident, composed, and knowledgeable when you present to large groups?
- Do you deal decisively and confidently with crises and tough situations?
- Would people say that you lead with your head – and your heart; that you are decisive but also compassionate?
The common theme is you are in charge of your own destiny. If you think showing up and working hard is enough to get you to the next level, you are fooling yourself. Those are table stakes these days. Nobody will tap you on the shoulder to ask you if you are ready for the next level. In order to advance, you have to have a strategy and a plan and actively work toward that goal.
You can do it! And as a commercial says, “You’re worth it!”
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