Referencing the book ‘How Women Rise’ by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith and adding “I wish I had found this book earlier” Allana Brown kicked off the latest ICBE Business Excellence Skillnet Lunchtime Bytes Webinar entitled “The Career Habits That Hold Us Back”.

Allana focused on four key habits covering:

  1. Reluctance to claim achievements & expecting others to notice & reward contributions
  2. The perfectionist trap & overvaluing experience
  3. Building rather than leveraging relationships & failing to enlist allies from day 1
  4. Minimising & not letting your radar distract you

Reluctance to claim achievements & expecting others to notice & reward contributions

Allana advised the webinar attendees to become “an advocate for you” and to learn to market themselves by focusing on what they do and the value that you bring.  She also pointed out that it is important to acknowledge others’ achievements and to try avoid natural tendencies to see it as seeking praise.

The perfectionist trap & overvaluing experience

Focusing on perfection can distract from seeing the big picture.  Not everything needs to be 100% perfect and there is no need to be a master of everything.  Harnessing delegation and moving from functional expertise to one of better managerial and leadership skills can help add more value to an organisation.

Building rather than leveraging relationships & failing to enlist allies from day 1

Allana pointed out that leveraging relationships is not purely self serving and that its okay to ask for help when needed.  She used the banking analogy to explain that you should be saving positive relationships but more importantly not afraid to withdraw or cash them in when the time is right.  “Relationships and networks are the lifeblood of success” she added.

Minimizing & not letting your radar distract you

Women tend to take in everything in, akin to a radar, while men tend to be more ‘laser’ focused.  A purely radar focused approach that overly reads a room can distract from what is important and remaining focused in crucial.  Allana also spoke about the importance of language and body language.   Some of this is habit focused from head down body language, sitting at the back of a room to a habit of apologising when not needed.  “Maximise your physical space – head up and own the space” she advised.   

Alana finished up by talking about the importance of changing habits and having someone to hold you accountable to make the transition.

For those interested in learning more, ICBE Business Excellence Skillnet is organising a ‘Women in STEM2: Leadership Development Programme’ two day programme on 22nd / 23rd April.

This course is designed for leaders, project managers or high potentials in STEM2 to develop the technical and leadership capabilities to increase their influence & impact within their organisations.  For full details see here

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