- I feel neither my organization nor the so-called manager cares for me or my career.
- I feel I am just another member of my Manager…
- Does my manager ever believes in my development [ Holistic ] …
- Should I work for this organization that doesn’t care for development?
- Does this organization stifle my career?
Advancing in your career isn’t a chance you leave it to happen. Career advancement is a conscious choice and the investment you make in terms of your time, energy, and effort.
I am sure you as a reader have encountered such statements as a protagonist or as a Manager, you just need to change the lens. This is no more an extra perk that your employees demand but hygiene, by all means, to ensure your so-called contributes to his/her potential. It becomes mandatory for the Leaders to create micro Leaders who see the organization as not just a place to come and work but a place where micro leaders work as a single entity with the shared mindset of growth and excellence.
After doing personal interviews with emerging professionals-Leaders, Managers, and Great emerging Talents I personally feel this needs to be seen from 2 lens or frames.
Since the lens gives us room to ponder, let’s discuss the capital, an investment you owe to yourself to create an Impact in detail-
“You are more powerful than you think – Nike, if so how many of us really know ourselves- our hidden power & strengths. Thought in length at many business schools but how many of us put some time (hours or days ) towards the art of self-discovery. Easier said and done. Self-reflection is a remarkable tool for defining priorities and holding oneself accountable. It also allows leaders to ward off disasters by planning for every possible outcome and to build stronger teams by encouraging reflection in others.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. ~Aldous Huxley
Some Questions to ponder…
- What did I do [Doables & Deliverables – Words, Actions & thoughts ] I did today in all dimensions of my life?
- Did my deliverables [ Words, Actions & thoughts ] create an impact in someone’s life today?
- What will keep my head high?
- What will keep my head bow?
- What actions should I do to lead my people & team?
- Why should people follow me?
- If I lived today over again, what would I have done differently?
How did I capitalize my assets…
- Network & relationship [ inside & outside]
- Learning Appetite
- What’s my resilience index – “The power to come back”
- How do I define my failure…
- What self-development do I need for myself – Self investment
- What stretch do I have to put to make myself outstanding…
- Am I Effective or Efficient?
- What is success to me? My definition of Success?
- Who am I?
- Why am I here? What’s my “Purpose”?
- Am I running the right race? What’s my competition playground?
- Am I running the race well?
So if this is a very costly capital, this needs a big thought. Few transitions test one’s characters like moving to a senior leadership role. It’s one thing to gain mastery of a particular function or skillset; it’s quite another to take responsibility for, and earn the respect of, employees from different backgrounds, functions, and cultures. For many leaders, this transition is marked by a period of self-doubt. The newly appointed ask themselves: Am I tough enough? Extroverted enough? Can I deal with the constant exposure? This results in a type of impostor syndrome. Becoming a leader does not require adopting a new persona; it means amplifying your true self with focus and discipline. The key is to be authentic—to refocus, redraw and reframe one’s own experiences, values, and strengths.
Below are few self-explanatory tools to sharpen your Self-Reflection capital…
Influence Capital & Impact Capital
In the so-called social world, your network is powerful, but the question here is if your Network is your currency how do you cultivate, preserve or sustain it. Isn’t it an Art ? Influence cannot happen in a day or two.
Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us~ Wilma Rudolph
The below equation would summon it..
Influence Capital or Impact Capital = “Expertise” power + Sharing Mindset + Trust earned through your words & action + Intrinsic Drive or Motive
Expertise Power – Expertise is the deep pocket knowledge which a Leader gains over years on account of his learning appetite and behaviour to upskill, reskill through continuous learning
Sharing Mindset – “If sharing, is Gaining” applies in developing your Influence capital. You give more capital multiplies in huge numbers. The so-called social world acts as a multiplier to make you a brand, why not share your impactful deliverables and seize the moment.
Trust & Integrity – Your integrity is something you will be known for. Integrity is the means to create Trust and create an Impact. Great Influencers are “Authentic” and they have always built by maintaining high standards of “Trust & Integrity”
Intrinsic Dive – Self-drive always is the key. Self-drive ensure you set the momentum for people to get influenced..
If you look at Impactful Leaders, they have always used power in the workplace to influence, not to control. It’s not about pressing your people, but about inspiring, captivating & mobilizing their capabilities towards a greater purpose Build your Influential capital early, sets the moment or environment to deliver impactful deliverables.
Mentoring / Sponsorship Capital
A tool that has never been used to its fullest, a reflective tool that aids to understand how much I know about my so-called “experience” & “expertise” which I have gained over years. Few Questions which an emerging Leader can ponder..
- Can I overshadow my Manager in Projects
- Can I cross collaborate to widen my skills – to power my “cross-skilling” skills
- Can I be part of cross-functional teams to expand my thoughts and “problem-solving” skills
- Can I take up Stretch goals to capitalize & re[kindle] my passions, strengths…
The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them in your own image, but giving them the opportunity to create themselves ~ Steven Spielberg
While it may seem like mentorship or sponsorship benefits only the protégé, the mentor stands to learn from the relationship. Mentoring not only allows Mentor to share the experiences but the sheer passion of sharing knowledge and learning and making others succeed. It ensures by imparting insights, it sets the momentum of inspiration and empowerment for others to operate.
Persuasion & Negotiation Capital
Mastering this capital needs you to marshal or strengthen the five core elements —source, message, medium, public and effect. Great Influencer’s use all 5 judiciously as all these costs too much in the social world.
Persuasion is part of the communications process. The five basic elements of persuasion–source, message, medium, public, and effect ~ Martin Luther King !!!
Your so called persuasion and negotiation expect you to be prepared. It’s not enough to be able to showcase your earned skills, competencies, knowledge and experience—you also need to think through the other side of the business. It’s important to widen your perspective of thought Your persuasion and negotiation set the table of “win-win” and not win-lose..
The path to excellence has never and will never be easy, it takes humongous effort in terms of growing yourself to the next level. Self-development is not an individual activity per se, some are lucky to have inspirational and influential Managers or Leaders who would play an enabler role to make you effective and ensure you deliver great and in case you are not you got to play your own game which will surely make you more powerful and increase your self-renewal and resilience capacity which by itself is a costly affair considering pandemic and world we live in.