What Women Leaders Offer Businesses

Thank you to @BostonGlobe @BostonGlobeMag for last week’s Globe Magazine issue, “Women & Power.”  The articles, interviews and personal quotes provide a behind-the-work perspective of these women leaders and the wisdom and advice that inspired them along their way.  Hearing from women executives about what they have learned and how they address the challenges of managing a family and personal life while thriving in their careers, offers inspiration and also very real advice.

In a larger context, the article reminds us that the world is not only ready for more women leaders, the time is ripe for torch bearers leading the way to different, more expanded version of what it means to lead.

This expanded concept of leadership addresses more human needs, such as the need for:

  • greater emotional intelligence and self-awareness,
  • appreciation and respect,
  • inspiration and support of individual growth and work engagement,
  • support of a work environment and schedule needs in ways that build trust, foster loyalty, and spark innovation.

 

From “Women & Power” 

What advice has had the biggest impact on your success over the years? From Maryrose Sylvester, President and CEO, Current, Powered by GE…

VISION   “A number of years ago, a GE leader told me to “find the open door.”  Our business was going through a very challenging time, and his point was that I needed to change my lens and start viewing the struggle as an opportunity….  There’s always an open door; a leader’s job is to find it and guide others through it.”

What words or mission statement do you live by in the workplace?  From Maureen Franco, CEO of Cambridge BioMarketing…

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE   “My mantra is all about people — success comes down to who you work for, who you work with, and who you hire.  I have never regretted spending extra time to vet a candidate, mentor a rising star, or even closely evaluate the people who were hiring me.  It is crucial that those you work alongside challenge you to think more creatively and strategically.”

 

How does having more women in positions of power benefit a company?  From Mindy Berman, Managing Director, Investor Group Services…

OPENNESS   “It ensures that a company benefits from diversity of thought and perspective, which research shows results in better decision making.  Women make up a large percentage of the workforce, so having women in power ensures that the leadership can best represent female employees, clients, and customers.”

 

 

Trish Pratt,  Certified Executive and Career Development Coach — Greater Boston area

How to Protect Your Company from Employee Poaching

For most companies, their greatest resource is their employees.  The best defense against employee poaching is to know the engagement level of your key leaders and staff.  Do they feel valued,  appreciated  and supported in their career plan?  Do the company’s values reflect more than simply revenues and the “bottom line?”

When the Competition Is Trying to Poach Your Top Employee Great article from @HBR, “When the Competition Is Trying to Poach Your Top Employees” – by Rebecca Knight.

Trish Pratt,  Executive and Career Development Coach — Greater Boston area.

Expand Self-Awareness: Unlock Your Leadership Strengths

Where are YOU holding yourself back?

 

In his book Life Unlocked, brain and psychology expert, Dr. Srini Pillay (@srinipillay), describes how science shows it’s not simply the fears you’re aware of that can stop you, but also the fears of your unconscious brain.  When unconscious fears get in the way, you may find yourself wondering what happened to your goal, or why you’re not moving forward or feeling energized by your plan.  At these times it’s easy to feel  frustrated, perhaps even stalled out, and distract yourself with a change of direction.

And this is a perfect place for taking greater notice of what you really want.  Consider how you can expand and deepen your self-awareness and stay on the path of confidence and fulfillment.  Whether through meditation, developing some awareness practices described in leadership books, or working with a coach, expanded self-awareness will help you see any self-imposed limits for what they are, and lead from your true values and strengths.

Unlock your leadership strengths and claim your career success!

 

Trish Pratt,  Executive and Career Development Coach — Greater Boston area.

The Power of DISC and Your Career Success: Part 5 of a 5-part series

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In parts 1 through 4 of this series we discussed DISC and how it can bolster career success. We looked at the strengths of each DISC dimension and some of the coaching challenges that can show up with each.

As you read through the brief descriptions, did you recognize a dimension that describes you in your work? Perhaps you saw your strengths in one, clear dimension, such as a D, I, S, or C. And maybe your strengths are best described by two or even three dimensions together? A combination of dimensions is not unusual and a DISC report is based on the measure of each dimension as it contributes to your career success. Along with providing you with specific information regarding where you fall in the DISC model, a DISC report can also provide you with the fifteen most common patterns.

What’s your biggest take-away?

From a Career Development coach’s perspective the most important information here is that the DISC can help you expand your career success in the following key areas:

  • Understanding of behavioral strengths and challenges
  • Description of your ideal work environment and what motivates you in your work
  • Ways to increase your effectiveness at work
  • Understanding of motivating and demotivating factors
  • Strategies for expanding your communication approach
  • Strategies for expanding your management style
  • Ways to increase your sales success

What clients say…

Typically sounds like “I’m amazed that the 24 simple questions captured me so accurately!” Or “How great to see my strengths and challenges listed so clearly!”
If you’re interested in learning more about how DISC might be the perfect support to your career, consider taking this assessment for yourself. It takes no more than 10 minutes to complete and you will have your report within 1 to 2 business days. Mention this post and receive a 10% discount on an expanded DISC PPSS report.

Not quite ready? View a sample report by sending an email via https://trishpratt.com/contact-4/
with “sample DISC” in the content line.

 

Trish Pratt, Executive and Career Development Coach — Greater Boston Area

The Power of DISC and Your Career Success: Part 4 of a 5-part series

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Moving on to the fourth dimension of the DiSC, let’s look at the “C”.

Conscientiousness, Quality, Details and Standards – these are hallmark strengths of a high “C” dimension. Where the “I” and “S” dimensions include the ability to sense or “see” the big picture of a situation. “C” qualities are about discerning and details.

Having a co-worker or staff member with a strong “C” dimension, means working with someone who will notice the standards and mind the details. If you’re an individual with high “C” traits, you look to manage your work and career from lower risk strategies and prefer environments that reflect high-quality results.  As with the first three dimensions we discussed, the “C” dimension also has its strengths and challenges.

Some Coaching challenges for the high “C” dimension are:

  • Need for higher standards – frustration with management’s or team’s lack of work/project standards and quality, and/or lack of planning.
  • Unstable environment – frustration with organization’s changing goals, lack of focus or plan.
  • Lack of time – to accomplish quality work; feeling pressured to accomplish too much in too short of time.
  • Communication difficulties – regarding above, or complaints from others who feel criticized or micro-managed.
  • Frustrating feedback — Complaints from management or team regarding productivity and/or slow decision-making.
  • Work/Life balance challenges – too much work, too little support, struggles with delegating.

If you relate to any of these challenges, notice how your “C” strengths support your work, and yet also go out of balance from time to time. The “C” dimension brings a set of great leadership qualities that are often seen in financial executives, accountants, engineers, attorneys, and others. Consider a DiSC assessment to help you leverage your “C” and expand your career leadership potential!

If your organization is ready to streamline their team effectiveness, contact Trish for more information on how a team DiSC Workshop can expand communication and elevate your team success!

The Power of DISC and Career Success: Part 3 of a 5-part series

As mentioned in Parts 1 and 2 of this series, the DiSC is a powerful executive and career development tool often used by both organizations and individuals to better understand communication and leadership styles.  Where are you in this 4-pronged model?  Do you have a direct “D” style as described in part 1? Do you bring a natural influence or “I” dimension to your career leadership?

Though humans are complex creatures who can’t be summed up in a few simple letters or descriptive words, the DISC can shine light on your natural style and support you in managing your style strengths in a way that bolsters career success.

Let’s look at the “S” dimension.

Sensing, Steady, Sincere, and Positive – are some hallmark strengths of individuals with a high “S” dimension.  These “S” qualities are about maintaining balance and keeping things going smoothly. If you’re an individual with a high “S” dimension, you likely prefer to manage your work and career with a steadiness or more methodical approach. You manage your team using a more supportive style wanting people around you to feel good.

Your communication style may be more reserved and thoughtful. People with a high “S” dimension are often found in industries such as Customer Service, Management, Coaching, Healthcare and Counseling.

Some common work challenges for individuals with a high S dimension are:

  • Difficulty managing priorities –conflicting projects or schedules, projects that lack structure or plan.
  • Communication challenges – difficulty voicing concerns or speaking the truth about what is not working.
  • Unrealistic work expectations – managing a boss or co-workers who seem to push or have a more intense or direct style.
  • Unstable environment – frustration with organization’s lack of focus, plan, or decision-making; frustration with changing guidelines or goals.
  • Feeling powerless or overlooked – not feeling heard or appreciated, feeling overlooked or undervalued.
  • Difficult decisions – unable to make decision; maybe lacking time or clarity needed for clear decisive leadership.

This 4-prong (D,I,S,C) model describes behavioral types in a simple, easy to use manner and is a powerful addition to many coaching programs.

To achieve your highest level work results, consider how you might utilize your DiSC strengths while also keeping them in optimal balance. The “S” dimension brings a set of great leadership qualities that are often seen in business partners, mediators, team leaders, managers, and others.

Consider a DiSC assessment to help you bring out the most effective “S” in you!  If you would like to know more about your DiSC Behavioral Style and how you can leverage your style to streamline your career or leadership success, contact Trish and mention this post for a 20% discount on a DiSC assessment.

Trish Pratt, Executive and Career Development Coach — Greater Boston area

The Power of DISC and Career Success: Part 2 of a 5-part series

As mentioned in Part I of this series, the DiSC is a powerful executive and career development tool often used in coaching. Using four simple letters, D,I,S and C (or a combination of them) this assessment provides clients with a view of their strengths as well as strategies for leveraging these strengths.  This post looks at the “I” dimension.

Interpersonal, Influence, Inspirational and Optimistic  These “I” qualities are about gaining energy through connecting with people.  Those with a high “I” dimension are trusting and their strengths lie in their ability to communicate with and relate to others.  This dimension is often found in Sales, Customer Service, Management and Training industries. Those with a high “I” dimension are typically more outwardly focused and can sense the mood of a group or room full of people in a short amount of time.

On the flip side of these strengths, some common work challenges that show up in coaching those with this dimension are:

  • Isolation at work – not enough teamwork, too little connection to co-workers; too little appreciation from your staff or boss.
  • Difficulty organizing — too much paperwork, too many details; too many distractions and lack of follow-through.
  • Lack of positive work environment — frustrations with negative co-workers or environment; too little freedom or independence in your work.
  • Communication challenges – complaints from others that you talk too much or lack sincerity; also lack of directness in difficult conversations.
  • Lack of motivation due to criticism of work or work style – Not feeling accepted or appreciated by clients, co-workers, managers, etc.

If you relate to any of these challenges, you may notice how your “I” strengths support your work, and yet may also go out of balance from time to time. Consider how you might temper your strengths without stepping too far away from them. The “I” dimension brings a set of great leadership qualities that are often seen in sales executives, ceo’s, managers, entrepreneurs and others. Consider a DiSC assessment to help you bring out the most effective “I” in you!

If you like to know more about your DiSC Behavioral Style and how you can leverage your style to streamline your career or leadership success, contact Trish and mention this post for a 20% discount on a DiSC assessment.

 

Trish Pratt, Executive and Career Development Coach — Greater Boston area