We’ve all had those days when it feels like we’re just going through the motions. Our magic is missing. Our sparkle is lost. Our “get up and go” has gotten up and gone .
If there's an issue, cause, or initiative that you want to rally for at work, consider a "change management" strategy as you implement improvement. Create a coalition of like-minded people, being transparent about your motivations, and you'll be able to accomplish more than you think. Using your influence to harness positive change is one of the best things you can do to leave a positive legacy at your company and be seen as a leader.
When it comes to work, it matters how you present yourself at every turn. So what is presence and why does it matter? Presence is about carrying yourself in such a way that you are seen as credible and truly heard. Women with presence are able to motivate and persuade others, are respected, and have a certain command that inspires the "followership" of the people around them.
Your presence can be positional, as represented by your job role, title, or place in the organizational hierarchy, or it can be interpersonal. While attending a National Association of Women MBAs conference in 2008, I learned the following terrific exercise from Jo Miller, CEO of Women's Leadership Coaching Inc. Rather than de-emphasizing stature by providing oversimplified introductions like, "Hi, I'm Andy from Operations," Jo encourages women to come up with a "30-second commercial." This go-to introduction harnesses your full importance and position.
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