Monthly Archives: September 2014

Build Strong Stakeholder Relationships That Last

5072523945_249e20ca9e_z (2)Many of my roles through the years have involved being an advisor and partner to a senior stakeholder – especially during consulting engagements or when I was building their marketing strategy. This can be a tough job but is always so rewarding. I relish in supporting their success and the success of their team.

Sometimes the toughest part of this job is the relationship building. There are times when you get introduced to a stakeholder and you quickly need to move from a stranger to a trusted advisor.  read more »

Four Things I Learned That One Time I Got Let Go

5711563136_96ac6fb29f_zOnce upon a time there was a girl who was a rock star at work. She just got promoted, got a killer mid-year review, and her customers loved her. Then, she got let go.

Yes, it happens. Organizations change and shift. Things happen that are outside of your control and no matter how good you think you are, you can find yourself in this situation. This happened to me – it wasn’t pleasant but it did teach me some really important things. read more »

Management Lessons From Under The Bus

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One ominous day a long, long time ago I got thrown under a bus to the CEO of my company at the time. Me, a pretty low level employee at the time, got blamed for a pretty huge issue. The person that pointed to me was a very senior executive who was looking for a scape goat. Luckily I had a few big time supporters in the inner circle who knew the truth and could set the story straight.

 

I learned one of the greatest management lessons during this really stressful situation – because of the way my manager reacted. She got my side of the story and then fought hard behind the scenes to protect me and my reputation. Wow – what a class act. read more »

My Top 5 Tips on Mentoring, Sponsorship, and Coaching

ladderMentor, sponsor, coach, oh my! These 3 words mean different things to different people.

Let me start by sharing my personal definition of these concepts:
• A mentor is someone you meet with regularly to provide guidance and advice on your career path or other topics.
• A coach is someone you meet with to provide direction and guidance on a specific task or goal usually related to your job.
• A sponsor is someone willing to put themselves on the line for you and act as your advocate behind the scenes to propel your career. read more »