Step Up And Ask

March 15, 2022 Nancy Fredericks Season 2 Episode 33
Step Up And Ask
Show Notes Transcript

Now is the time to Step Up And Ask with boldness, confidence, and bravery.  Two pivotal ideas that will have you taking advantage of this season of opportunity.

ThriveWithNancy Podcast addresses the tricky points you run into daily as a woman executive. Nancy Fredericks shares all the secrets she’s acquired as an experienced thought-leader. She’s passionate about sharing practical, insider solutions with women executives to tap into on your way to achieving all of your career hopes and dreams.

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The research mentioned in Podcast:
[1] Report, When It Comes To Business Leadership, Nice Guys Finish First, J.P. Flaun, Managing Partner, Green Peak Partners in collaboration with Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 2010.

[2] Forget Mentorship, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career, Sylvia Hewlett, Harvard Business Review Press, August 20, 2013, eBook, location 1447.

[3] Work With Me: The 8 Blind Spots Between Men and Women in Business, Barbara Annis and John Gray, Palgrave Macmillan Trade; Reprint edition (May 14, 2013), eBook location page 56. 

Speaker 1:

Welcome to thrive with Nancy, a podcast for executive women intended to untangle every single one of your career concerns that you might bump into along the way. My intention is you'll be able to grab one, one or more usable tips for yourself to achieve your dream promotions and salary increases with each episode you listen to. So let's get started. Are you ready for our podcast topic? Step up and ask. I wanna underline the season we're in and help you see now is the time to step up and ask with boldness confidence and bravery. Let me share the background to this step up conversation. It emerges out of a sidebar exchange at one of my leadership programs. The topic was how hard it is to find employees nowadays, you can relate I'm sure. And then the discussion drifted to expectations. One leader stated in the past, I hired first based upon their degrees and expertise and work history and then character not so much today. Now I'm hiring for over the perfect background. She went on to share with a group. Yes times are tough for hiring. And we found employees with a history of demonstrating their drive and ability to show up are even more critical to our success than the expertise alone. All we can bridge that gap in our companies. That's where our future resides with employees who show up. What about everyone else? Do you see the same happening in your companies? There was agreement in the room that the times they are a changing regarding their hiring practices. Take a look around your organization. Aren't there plenty of position openings above you in the company is your brain exploding. Like mine is with a huge bingo opportunity. It's time for women who want more to jump in and impact their future. Now we're rife with the opportunity to reassess your career game plans and take advantage of this unprecedented season. As Dr. Margaret Wheatley, author and organizational behavior expert observed quote unquote, the single most revolutionary act you can do these days is to find time to think let's explore two checkpoints of thinking that will help you take the leap you've been working so hard to achieve checkpoint. Number one, are you ready? Have you expanded your resume to touch or take on responsibilities that lead to your aspirational career inventory? All you've done inside and side of your organization that reveals your commitment to your future? Yes, much of which your company may not even know about you as yet. The executive woman taking her vacation in Spanish speaking countries for immersive second language training, because she wants assigned an overseas position or the volunteer at a nonprofit organization who successfully manages a whole team where in her business she's never managed anyone or the woman who has taken responsibilities off her boss's desk, but hasn't been recognized for her efforts. There are so many women who know that research uncovers so much, but we haven't taken it to heart. Now's the time to do it. Don't wait any longer. You've already heard executives who are good people, managers produce better strategic and financial performance. The study also pointed out that soft skills drive hard results. And you know, you own this arena. So time to dig deep and prepare to express your people abilities wherever they lie. When asking for a step up, you have to understand that you're in an amazing season for success. I can't say this enough now is the time check 0.2, ready to break the chains. If you're not currently in your dream job, it may be that you're holding on into harmful beliefs, just as elephants sometimes. Do you see when elephants are very young, the trainers wrap a small leather strap around their leg, then tie the strap to a steak that is hammered into the ground to keep the elephant from wandering away. This has them learning to function within a defined narrow territory. It is so embedded into their psyche that as they become powerful elephants, they never ever think about breaking free from the insignificant straps to own a larger piece of the countryside. Where have you staked yourself to any limited roles in your company? The season is now to shake yourself free from any mental stakes to be the fully empowered, absolutely unstoppable woman you are, and have always been intended to be even at the highest ranks of your organization. If that's your dream search deep, perhaps your limiting rule is that you, you can only ask for a job if you are a hundred percent qualified, that falsehood was never true. And most assuredly not. Now, you remember the Hewlett Packard study from a number of years ago, which revealed their mail executives felt perfect at ease, applying for a position. They only had 60% of the roles requirements. Whereas women needed to assess themselves as a hundred percent qualified. Please don't hold yourself small with that belief in your head. Perhaps another detriment, a career conviction is that by working harder and completing more work, you'll be noticed and promoted again. That was never accurate. And I don't know where we bought into that, but we did research discloses the reality more than three quarters of the women's surveyed promotions at their firm to be a function of hard work, long hours and strong credentials. They're convinced that if they work manically hard to hit targets and meet deadlines, someone senior will eventually acknowledge their hard work and reward their sacrifice with a, but if nearly 40 years of stalled out, female talent are any indication. This strategy doesn't work, or maybe you're waiting to be noticed, perhaps another misbelief to you stepping up that is destroyed with this research. 82% of want to be recognized for their effort in achieving results. While 89% of men wanna be recognized for the results they achieve, can you see what's happening? We women are waiting to be recognized for effort and it isn't effort that counts in business it's results. So speak results. Always research is useful in so much as it cracks, open the door of your mind to drive out false viewpoints. We're enough of your beliefs broken up for you to March into this season for career advancement only confidently and bravely. Are you prepared to step up and ask for what you want? I hope you can see that you are the driver of your career, and now is the time to drive. Are you ready to experience and expand a journey with more joy, fulfillment, and purpose? If you are step up and ask for what you want now, I hope you received value from this podcast and we'll pass it along to your friends and peers. I'd love for them to be listening and receiving these tips along with you. Thanks by the way, if you're looking for more help, I'd love for you to check out the, your strategic edge program. You can partner with me, an executive coach who is aided thousands of men and women locking secrets for expanding their careers. I can do this for you too. Check it out together. We can, and we'll explore diverse ways to bring possibility into being for you to realize your professional aspirations, check out www you dot thrive with I'd be so delighted to support you. Remember no one ever makes it to the top or even arrives at their next destination alone.