"If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good
to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success
at all." Anna Quindlen
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Is Not the Only Way
I first entered the workforce, the path for moving forward and
advancing my career was steep and hierarchical. In some
ways, it reminded me of the steps required to ascend the temples
in Chitza Nitza, Mexico. (Click
here for photo.) If you have ever climbed the pyramid at Chitza
Nitza, you know that it’s not too bad at the lower levels,
but gets more challenging the higher you go. And as you might
expect, it was pretty lonely at the top.
the organizational realm in which we work has been dramatically
altered. Organizations are flatter, with fewer middle
management positions. Those that do hold those positions now have
broader spans of control with more responsibility. Downsizing
or “rightsizing” has become an accepted business practice
in most companies. And, we have come to know, that we all have
limited -- if any -- job security.
to worry! There are still plenty of opportunities for
those that want to move ahead and ascend the corporate ladder.
It does require you to change your perspective and develop a new
you want to move ahead in your company, here are a few tips to
get you started:
a "Me, Inc." attitude.
Identify your key assets and liabilities. Then create a plan
to leverage your assets and offset your liabilities. Involve
your manager when appropriate. But remember, you are responsible
for your own career success.
Invest in your "work portfolio." Develop
a wide range of experiences and desirable skills. Do this
internally at your company or externally through volunteer
work. And remember, embrace lifelong development and continuous
learning by taking advantage of degreed programs, industry
seminars, continuing education and company training programs.
Be a change agent. Get
comfortable with handling ongoing change. This means not only
embracing change but also seeking it out in the form of new
and challenging experiences. Move around willingly and proactively.
That includes up, down, and sideways within your company,
and outside of your company when necessary.
these tips and you can expect new avenues to open up for you.
And remember, in the new world of work, up is not the only way!
Barr is a management consultant with a passion for helping women
develop their full potential. For more information on her programs
and services, check out her website, www.RedLadder.com
or contact Regina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright 2005 Regina
Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.
- Meet other
professional women at BPW/USA and BPW Foundation events, conferences
and programs and exchange ideas, build business leads, find peers
in your field or learn how to lobby.
Find Nontraditional Ways To Network for Advancement
- This article from The Wall Street Journal's Executive Career
Site discusses the fact that many popular ways to network -- cocktail-hour
gatherings, business-card exchanges or sports events -- aren't
suited to women's schedules or tastes.
- The leading research and advisory organization working with
businesses and the professions to build inclusive environments
and expand opportunities for women at work.
Women International Foundation - The Financial Women
International Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of financial
services industry professionals, by providing tools, resources
and opportunities that will benefit the individual, the industry,
and the community at large.
Survey Results - Climbing the
Corporate Ladder in a Zig-Zag Fashion
survey indicated that the top attributes for advancing one's career
Clear personal values/ mission/ vision
Strong inter-personal skills
Felxible/ open to change
Competence in my current job
month we will be asking for your input on a short survey. This
month our survey is on Breaking Barriers
in hearing Regina speak? Here are some of Regina's upcoming programs:
25, Alternative Staffing, Inc., Up is Not the Only Way, Bloomington,
28, API Outsourcing, Expect the Unexpected: How to Think on
Your Feet Without Getting Knocked Over, St. Paul, MN.
16, Alternative Staffing, Inc., Female Perspectives in Leadership,
for information on how to register.
Barr is President and Owner of Red
Ladder, Inc., a company that provides people development services
for individuals and organizations with a focus on inspiring individuals
to achieve unprecedented organizational success. In 2004, Regina
was voted one of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s
“40 Twin Cities professionals under 40 years old”
for her business accomplishments and community contributions.
With over sixteen years in the financial services industry, Regina
has a broad range of leadership experience in product, sales,
and marketing. She holds a BBA in management/finance, an MBA in
management/marketing, and an MA in human development.
To learn more
about how Regina can help your organization, contact us at email@example.com
What our clients are saying...
your presentation at our Women in Banking Conference was great!
By all accounts the event was a success and your participation
was certainly a big part of that success. Our members' satisfaction
with both your content and delivery was reflected in the high
evaluation scores and many positive comments we received."--
Meetings Director, North Carolina Bankers Association
Copyright (C) 2005 Red Ladder, Inc. ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
651-453-1007 ~ Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076