Everyone agrees that it’s a smart practice to ask for feedback. Don’t walk through life with blinders on. Show them that you’re proactive. Assume that you always have room to grow.
When you hear the word “perfectionist,” what comes to mind?
Whether you see perfectionists as Type A, rule-bound, and critical―or perhaps just diligent and insistent on high standards―the term is one we more often assign to women than men. Maybe you’ve personally been tagged as a perfectionist. If so, let’s consider if it’s holding you back in your career or if it’s actually a facilitator to success.
Best paid. Most powerful. Top influencer. Lots of publications churn out lists and rankings of impressive women. These grown-up honor rolls sell magazines and get lots of hits in the social-media universe, whether showcasing women's power in terms of hierarchy or paychecks. It seems we love a good competition, especially one that culminates in a tidy inventory of prowess.
When you’re thrown a new opportunity or project—let’s say one that calls on your weakest skill—how do you react? Do you see it as a challenge or a threat? If you look at many leaders that took on high level posts, you’ll see that they were helped by the belief that they have all the ingredients needed—right then—to take on the task.
Of all the competencies emphasized in leadership programs, risk-taking is by far the hardest to teach. Perhaps that's because many of us need to experience risk ourselves--followed by ceremonially screwing up, prospering or something in between. What's more, women may have a bigger mountain to climb when taking chances compared to their male counterparts.
As a working parent, I am no stranger to stretching my time and energy too thin. But if you’re saddled with demands, it is so important that you be vigilant for signs of burnout. Burnout is the feeling of depletion—mentally, physically, intellectually, emotionally—that leads to a feeling of disillusionment or disengagement. Most of us know someone who has experienced prolonged stress and consequently was burned by it for some period of their lives.
Nine months into traveling around the country, promoting the ideas in my book to different audiences of women, I found myself on top of the world the other day.
I had a particularly high-pressure presentation to give, to a large, extremely established crowd. My points of contact had a very clear picture of what they wanted, and I wanted very much to deliver. I researched details about the client and felt pretty well prepared.
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