Demonstrate Performance for the Next Level to Get Promoted

Most people or coaches are interested in moving to the next level. They want to accept higher levels of responsibilities and create more value. That’s great because the world needs more ambitious and passionate leaders. But then the conversation quickly turns to promotion; getting to the next level.

There are many parts to this answer. But here are some of the most important and simplest part:

You get promoted by demonstrating performance at the next level. Let’s say you are a Director. You want to make it to the Vice President. You should demonstrate through your actions, results, and your personal branding that you are already growing as a VP.

In fact, the demonstration of your performance should be so strong that people should be already assuming you to be the next Vice President. Before that, there are a couple of things that need to happen. 

First is that you should already be doing a great job at your current level. Next is for you to understand what the...

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5 Ways to Develop Empathy

Empathy is critical for any leader. It is a skill that helps you better understand customers, stakeholders, and team dynamics. The insights you receive from having empathy enable you to solve problems efficiently, allowing you, as a leader, to deliver exceptional results.

Empathetic leadership is the most appreciated leadership style today because an empathetic leader has more than his perspective. This empowers him with flexibility compared with the rigidity robust leaders display. Leaders like Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, are shining examples of how well empathetic leadership works. 

Empathy is not a skill that can be developed overnight. If it were, it would have been so easy, and slightly not so unusual. For most of us, it takes a lot of work. Here are five ways you can develop your empathy muscle:

Develop Curiosity

Develop curiosity about the people and the organizations that you’re involved with, even if you are looking at a process or customer experience or a...

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How to Build Professional Relationships When You Work Remotely

You must be enjoying it if you’re working remotely. You have more flexibility, no commute, and can use your time more effectively. At the same time though, you do miss out on the hallway conversations – on the general chit chat which is so important in developing interpersonal relationships as well as to build your professional network over a period of time.

Here are some hacks that can help you develop a great network even if you work remotely.

Establish Informal Chat Channels

The first thing is to make sure you establish informal chat channels. Make sure you have your one-on-ones. Or at least make sure you’re touching base with people on instant messenger or on Slack.

Use Slack to be Part of Informal Communities

If you don’t have informal communities in your company’s Slack, then you must create one. This can be an informal community based on certain common topics of interest.

Go to the Office

I know, this is precisely what you’ve been trying to...

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How to Turn a Status Meeting into a Valuable Conversation

Another day, another status meeting!

Sometimes, status meetings are a necessary evil of corporate life. They could be dull and boring, and some of us even consider them a waste of time – time that could be better invested in actually getting things done. In short, status meetings could be a drag.

But it doesn’t need to be that way. There is great value in these meetings. It’s just that we don’t usually see it because of the way they’re done. 

Here’s how you can hack your status meetings and turn them into meaningful conversations to make them worth everyone’s time. 

Restate the Purpose

The first hack is to make sure you restate the purpose of your project. This helps participants who are basically running from meetings to meetings to get grounded into the objective. It also helps them understand the mission of what your team is truly trying to achieve. 

Provide Value

The second hack is to provide value. You can make this...

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The Opportunity Zone – To Demonstrate Leadership and Do the Right Thing

We carry our thoughts, ideas, and beliefs with us 24/7. These thoughts, ideas, and beliefs help us interact with the world around us. That world includes the environment around us, our family, friends, colleagues, boss, peers, leaders, and customers. Our interaction with them has an impact on our lives as well as theirs. And these interactions shape our destiny. These interactions shape our relationships, our careers, our compensation, our trajectory, and our future. We should choose to do the right thing in these moments. 

Sometimes these situations may be straightforward and easy, but sometimes, not so much. And doing the right thing all the time can be quite challenging. Sometimes there are moments and interactions that build up over a period of time. Or sometimes there are those very critical moments – the most pivotal moments.

We can make all these moments – whether they’re small or large moments – and interactions matter by choosing to do the right...

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Communication Changes Heart and Mind

Leaders drive change. They are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to improve, to create, and to build – improve the situation, to create new ideas, and to build new solutions. 

In other words, leaders like you, are never satisfied with the status quo. And they just want to make things better. In the process of driving this change, it is important to think about how to communicate this change effectively so that you can recruit your colleagues to be part of this change. Because if you want to go further, you have to go together as a team. 

In order to communicate this effectively, we must win others’ hearts as well as their minds. Zig Ziglar once said, “Logic makes people think and emotions make people act.” Neuroscience has proven that human beings respond to emotions first while intellect and logic come second. So your argument should be able to strike a chord emotionally first. It must appeal to what your audience cares about. They should...

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What is a Better Ice Breaking Question?

The common question we use to break the ice, when you are at a networking event or just meeting people, is something like “So, what do you do?” And that question, for the most part, is awkward for people to answer. 

Because many people might just not be ready or they might be plain uncomfortable sharing it. Or they might find it challenging to articulate it. And so, this sets us up for an extremely difficult icebreaker. 

Is there any alternative question?

Ice-breaking questions are supposed to make the other person comfortable and not awkward. A better question could be something like, “Tell me about yourself” or “What’s new and exciting in your world?” These types of questions are more uplifting, and they give the other person an opportunity to respond in a way that makes the most sense to them. So, they could share a work update or a personal story or a recent vacation story. 

The point is that this establishes a much...

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Key to Climbing the Right Corporate Wall for a Successful Career

You are a leader. You are climbing the corporate ladder, taking advantage of all the opportunities that are coming your way, and are making the most of those opportunities. You’re moving onto juicy roles within your company or in different companies. 

That’s phenomenal. Good for you. Great job. Keep going.

As you are on this journey, it never hurts to pause and reflect on the corporate ladder that you’re climbing. Where does it lead? What’s going to be the ultimate destination? Here are some things that you may want to think about as you climb this ladder. 

1. What are you learning on this journey? 

2. What is the nature of the professional network that you are building? 

3. Are your personal values aligned with this corporate ladder and the destination of this ladder?

If the answers to these questions are satisfactory to you, go right ahead. Continue on your path to world domination. 

But if for some reason, these answers are not...

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Learn the Industry Language to Establish as Domain Experts

Leaders not only have great leadership capabilities but also are knowledgeable in areas where they have domain expertise. This expertise provides leaders a bedrock, a foundation for more capabilities. And it provides differentiation for them from a personal branding standpoint.

Here is a way to develop that expertise.

Figure out what is the language (the terminology) that’s being used in your industry (the domain area). Every industry has a unique language, a unique set of terms. Understand that language deeply, make it your own and make sure you’re applying that language every day, so that you can establish fluency on that topic.

Be Fluent in the Language of Your Industry

For Tech, for example, it could be things like multitenant, customer acquisition costs, customer lifetime value, churn rate, etc. In a healthcare setting, it could be different. It could be about HL7, peer provider, and benefits management, among others.

These are just some of the basic terms. You must...

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Effective Leadership Needs a T-Shaped Skill Set

Effective leadership requires many different skills. The way to organize these skills and be effective is to have a T-shaped skillset. 

A T-shaped skillset basically consists of a broad understanding of different functions and depth in a particular area. The way the T-shaped skillset works is you need both – you need a broader understanding of the business and the depth in a particular area.

Just having a broad understanding is not really effective. There might be people out there who might have just a broad understanding of a couple of areas, but that doesn’t provide enough traction. And there might be people on the other end of the spectrum who have a lot of depth in a particular area, but they may not have a broad view or understanding of all the broad areas of business or technology.

This is a very siloed skill set. It is also a siloed approach to work, thinking, and design. This is how leaders can be effective. They can keep the big picture in mind while...

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