Join our NAPW Atlanta Luncheon – “From Chit Chat to Cha Ching: Turning Casual Conversations into Profit”
Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with over 200 businesswomen from Georgia and throughout the Southeast to promote your business and build new relationships during our dynamic speed networking session and throughout our EXPO this October! (Limited Seating – RSVP Today!) - www.mynapwatlanta.com/2013EXPO
The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is pleased to host the 4th Annual Georgia Local Chapters EXPO, an exclusive event, at the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The EXPO provides professional women at all career levels the unique opportunity to meet each other, network, share personal experiences and hear from high-profile Keynote Speaker, Sarah Hathorn, an internationally distinguished executive coach, corporate consultant, professional speaker, and the founding CEO of two successful companies, Illustra Consulting and Illustra Business Coaching with more than 30 years of experience successfully mentoring leaders and entrepreneurs for extraordinary success, being featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Money Magazine, and The Huffington Post.
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We look forward to seeing you all there!
The POWER to be You!
In a world of instant gratification and 40+ hour work weeks, we get so involved ‘doing’ that we leave little to no time to ‘being’. Listed below are some of the tips I offer to help you reclaim your sanity and ‘change your life in an instant’.
Tip #1 – Determine the ROI on your commitments
Go through your personal and professional calendar and determine if you’re getting the results you need or want for your commitments and engagements. If not, change them or drop them. Don’t waste your time or energy with people and things that aren’t contributing to your overall good.
Tip #2 – Learn to say “No!”
If you’re a volunteer addict, as many of us are, stopping saying ‘yes’ to commitments you really don’t want to do or don’t have time or energy to do. I’m not saying don’t volunteer. It’s important we all give back. We just need to monitor how much we volunteer. Over volunteering tends to stress us out and exhaust us. We also end up resenting having to do it which produces lackluster results for the group you volunteered for anyway!
Tip #3 – Listen to your Intuition & take back control of your life
Do you wake up Monday morning, blink your eyes and all of a sudden it’s Sunday night? You’re over worked; over committed and under appreciated – by yourself! Many of us keep so busy doing what we think we should be doing that we don’t hear the quiet, subtle voice reminding us what we really want or meant to do. Listening to your intuition on a daily basis will help you make better decisions and assist you in staying on your right path.
Tip #4 – Take good care of yourself
Do something for you EVERY DAY. Take time to read a good book, listen to music, meditate, have lunch with a friend, talk a walk. A good way to relax is TAKE A BATH at least once a week. Include bath salts such as Himalayan salt. It’s amazing how 20 minutes in a hot tub can make the world a better place.
Bottom Line – These are just a few things you can do to change your life but there is only one way to truly change your life in an instant. To do that you have to make a decision. You have to decide to improve your life. You have to decide to take action. You have to decide to live the life to your fullest potential. Once you do, you will find you have changed your life in an instant!
For more information on this program and other personal or group coaching offerings, contact Linda Minnick at email@example.com or 678-367-3459. Linda is also available for your workshops, lunch-and-learns and speaking engagements. Check out her website at http://www.lindaminnick.com
By implementing these 7 tips you are going to start feeling and being more productive and efficient.
The fact is that if you spend 30 minutes to 1 hour planning your week, writing down everything that needs to be done, prioritising the list by importance and then deciding what should be done on Monday, what on Tuesday and so on, you will save hours during the week. It keeps you on track and your momentum going.
2. Plan your day
Spending time on planning your day makes a difference. By planning, we know what needs to be done and we are working more effectively and efficiently. I imagine you are thinking, “I planned my week, why do I need to plan my day?” When you do your weekly planning that is the big picture view. During the week, other tasks arise that need to be done, so that is what comes into consideration when planning your day.
3. Batch your activities
Every time you start a new activity, it takes time. You have to get everything you need in order to do the task, you need to get into the mindset and you need a little “warm up time” during which you don’t work as fast as when you have done something for a while. Once you are done with the task, you have to put everything away, and “cool off”. So batch your tasks – email, phone calls, shopping. It makes you more efficient
4. When at work, work!
Focus and concentrate and work when at work. Just because you are in the office does not mean you are working. There are many distractions around you – people, coffee breaks, meetings, etc. Focus and really complete the top three tasks for the day then you can reward yourself with a little down time.
5. Finish every activity you start
Fifteen completed tasks are more effective than forty five uncompleted tasks. Leaving an activity half-finished is a big source of stress. Whenever something is only half done, it gnaws at you and stops you from focusing on other activities. So once you start something, finish it.
6. Focus all your energy on the most important activities
The much quoted 80/20 rule states that 80% of the value you create in a day will come from 20% of the activities you perform. Meaning, if you complete those 20% you will have done much, much more than if you complete all the rest. Go through all the activities you perform and see which ones are the most important. Find ways to focus more time on them.
7. Take a break!
To be able to work hard and efficiently, you need to be of sound mind and be able to focus. Take a break once in a while and go for a walk, drink a cup of coffee or take a nap.
“Be an inspiration to yourself and you will be an inspiration to others.”
By Amy Gallo, Contributing Editor – Harvard Business Review
If you want to become a leader, don’t wait for the fancy title or the corner office. You can begin to act, think, and communicate like a leader long before that promotion. Even if you’re still several levels down and someone else is calling all the shots, there are numerous ways to demonstrate your potential and carve your path to the role you want.
What the Experts Say
“It’s never foolish to begin preparing for a transition no matter how many years away it is or where you are in your career,” says Muriel Maignan Wilkins, coauthor of Own the Room: Discover Your Signature Voice to Master Your Leadership Presence. Michael Watkins, the chairman of Genesis Advisers and author of The First 90 Days and Your Next Move, agrees. Not only does the planning help you develop the necessary skills and leadership presence, it also increases your chances of getting the promotion because people will already recognize you as a leader. The key is to take on opportunities now, regardless of your tenure or role. “You can demonstrate leadership at any time no matter what your title is,” says Amy Jen Su, coauthor of Own the Room. Here are several ways to start laying the groundwork.
Knock your responsibilities out of the park
No matter how big your ambitions, don’t let them distract you from excelling in your current role. Focus on the present as much as — or more than — the future. “You still have to deliver results in your day job,” says Jen Su. Adds Maignan Wilkins: “You always need to take care of today’s business so that nobody — peers, direct reports, or those above you — questions your performance.” That’s the first step to getting ahead.
Help your boss succeed
“You have to execute on your boss’s priorities too,” says Watkins. “Show her that you’re willing to pick up the baton on important projects.” Maignan Wilkins also suggests you “lean more towards yes than no” whenever your boss asks you to help with something new. Find out what keeps your manager up at night and propose solutions to those problems.
Seize leadership opportunities, no matter how small
Make sure your “let me take that on” attitude extends beyond your relationship with your boss. Raise your hand for new initiatives, especially ones that might be visible to those outside your unit. “This will give others a taste of what you’ll be like in a more senior role,” says Maignan Wilkins. It doesn’t have to be an intense, months-long project. It might be something as simple as facilitating a meeting, offering to help with recruiting events, or stepping in to negotiate a conflict between peers. You might find opportunities outside of work, too. You can sit on the board of a local nonprofit or organize your community’s volunteer day. “These activities send the signal that you aspire to leadership potential,” Watkins says.
Look for the white space
Another way to prove your potential is to take on projects in the “white space.” These are problems that others aren’t willing to tackle or don’t even know exist. “Every organization has needs that nobody is paying attention to, or people are actively ignoring,” Maignan Wilkins says. For example, you might be able to identify a customer need that isn’t being met by your company’s current product line, and propose a new one. Or you could do a quick analysis of how much a specific change would save the company. When you take on a task that no one else is willing to do, you make yourself stand out.
Don’t be a jerk
There’s a fine line between being ambitious and acting like you’re too big for your britches. “Don’t try to exert authority when you don’t have it,” says Watkins. Practice what he calls “steward leadership”: focus on what your team wants to accomplish instead of putting yourself first. Jen Su recommends “humble confidence,” showing appropriate modesty in your role, while having the self-assurance to know that you will rise to the next level.
Be cautious when sharing your ambitions
It’s appropriate to raise your ambitions with your manager if you have a trusting, solid relationship, but frame them in a way that focuses on what’s best for the company. Jen Su suggests you lay out your accomplishments for the past year and then ask something like, “As we look further out, where do you see me continuing to make a contribution?” Watkins warns that these conversations shouldn’t come off as being all about you. Instead, engage in a two-way conversation with your boss. If you have the kind of boss who may feel threatened by your aspirations, it’s better to keep your ambitions quiet and prove your potential.
Find role models
Look for people who have the roles you want and study what they do — how they act, communicate, and dress. “Pick someone at the next level, someone similar to you, and find a way to work with them,” says Watkins. Volunteer for a committee they’re spearheading or offer to help with one of their pet projects. Identify behaviors that you can emulate while being true to yourself. “You don’t want to fake it,” says Maignan Wilkins. It might also help to study people who are stuck in their careers as examples of what not to do, Watkins says. Are they clumsy politically? Do they disrespect the lines of authority? Do they fail to make connections between departments?
There’s an old adage, “It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you.” When you’re evaluated for a promotion, it’s unlikely your boss will sit in a room alone and contemplate your potential. She’ll rely on others to assess your ability, which means you need supporters across the organization — people who are aware of the work you’re doing. “If you find yourself walking down the hall with the most senior person at your company, be prepared to answer the question, ‘So what are you up to?’” Maignan Wilkins says, “Don’t take lightly any interactions that may seem informal. Treat every situation as an opportunity to demonstrate the value you bring to the organization and your knowledge of the business.”
Principles to Remember
- Look for every opportunity to demonstrate your leadership potential, at work and outside the office
- Support your boss in reaching her goals
- Find people in positions you aspire to and study what makes them successful
- Let your ambitions distract you from doing your current job well
- Exert authority where you don’t have any — use influence to prove your leadership chops
- Openly discuss your ambitions — it’s safer to take a “show, don’t tell” approach
Do you know a high school, female student who can benefit from the teachings of professional women through education, inspiration and empowerment??
Registration is now open for “The Art of Becoming A Professional Woman” – a week long summer camp to inspire and encourage girls ages 14 – 18. During this camp, your teen will learn from some of the leading women in business on topics ranging from leadership, entrepreneurship, workplace etiquette, branding and social media, finances, goal-setting and much more!
This information-packed event will be held at our regular NAPW chapter meeting location – Monarch Tower, C-Level Training Room (105c) in the prestigious Buckhead community in Atlanta, GA from Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19, 2013.
Don’t miss our Early Bird rate of only $50 for the entire week (daily lunch included!); however, space is very limited, so reserve your spot NOW!
Visit: http://www.mynapwatlanta.com/2013teencamp to Register before May 25th, 2013 – rates increase to $100.