We’re approaching the end of our professional development season at Shakti Women, so I thought I’d share a piece I wrote years ago.
I honestly believe, I would have moved more quickly up the corporate ladder if I had known then what I know now.
Here are my 10 quick tips to Take You to the TOP.
1.PLAY TO YOUR STRENGTHS
If we look at all the really successful women out there, they aren’t working on their weaknesses – NO – they are playing to their strengths. Develop your natural talents and play the game you can win. #Mommashouldatoldme
2. GET YOURSELF NOTICED
Learn to be your own publicist or hire one. In your career, being coy is not cute! Get yourself noticed for the great work you do, your problem solving abilities, your leadership potential and your team skills. #Mommashouldatoldme
3. KNOW YOUR JOB
Be better than anyone else, know more than everyone else. Because let’s face it girls, knowledge is power and we like POWER! #Mommashouldatoldme
4. AIM FOR THE STARS
There is nothing wrong with ambition. There is a kind of MAGIC in thinking BIG. #Mommashouldatoldme
5. WALK TALL
Carry yourself with confidence, be self assured, be poised. Walk like a manager, a CEO or a Director. Walk like a winner. #Mommashouldatoldme
6. RAISE THE BAR.
Set your standards HIGH and never ever let them slip. There is no excuse for shoddy work, sloppy appearance or bad examples. Be a role model to your daughters and the women in the team. #Mommashouldatoldme
7. DRESS TO IMPRESS
Whether it’s formal, sophisticated, stylish, tasteful, elegant, or cultured, dress the part of the woman you wish to become. But don’t forget we want what looks good in the boardroom (not the bedroom) so leave the low lines and the disco pants at home! #Mommashouldatoldme
8. WATCH YOUR MOUTH
Thumper’s Mom (you remember Bambi?) gave some good advice. She said: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!” Don’t gossip, don’t criticise, and definitely don’t swear. What’s the point of alienating half the workforce when a little good manners and decorum wins respect and loyalty? #Mommashouldatoldme
9. USE THE “N” WORD
No not that N word. I mean learn to say NO! You’ve all heard of the busy fool? She’s that “yes” girl that tries to please everybody. People pleasers DO NOT make great management material they just get dumped on. Only volunteer when it’s in YOUR best interest or it’s going to get you the right kind of attention. Use the N word. This is definitely for the women out there because in my experience we are much less assertive than most men but it’s OK to say NO! -#Mommashouldatoldme
10. PUT YOURSELF IN HER HEELS (or his shoes)
Your boss and your customers want you to make their lives easier not more complicated. So please don’t moan, don’t whine, don’t complain about the workplace. Get the job done. Go the extra mile. Give them solutions not problems. Be an asset and a trusted advisor. Try to think like your boss and put yourself in his/her shoes. #Mommashouldatoldme
Let me know what you think of my advice or if you think I’ve missed a trick.
Yours Siobhan x o x