Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ready, Fire, Aim! Leadership Lessons for Women

Are there three things you’d like to accomplish in your career or business that for some reason or other you haven’t been able to accomplish? What do you think stops you from achieving these things? Not enough time, not enough support, information, opportunity, something else?

That something else may just be a gentle but persistent unwillingness to put yourself out there and pull the trigger. There are many reasons belying this, mostly along the lines of fear of failure and lack of trust. After all – what if you got it wrong?

In a recent wimlink survey and discussion thread with over two hundred professional women, the top three bits of advice that they would give to their younger self were:

1)    Trust your instinct
2)    Be bold and speak up
3)    Think less and do more – just pull the trigger, it’s ok to fail/get things wrong

The common theme was self trust – as well as a little less conversation, a little more action. Taking pressure off of yourself to be perfect all the time is an excellent start – said one CEO, ‘it’s better to be bold and get it right 70% of the time, than to wait too long and get only a few things 100% right. Important opportunities may just pass you by’.

So how do you begin to take action?

Firstly, learn from those who have already done it. Although these new skills and tools may seem foreign, they have been conquered by many before you. And many of these people are willing to open give of their experience, why not take it (and say thank you!)?

Secondly, do what you learn, and get started immediately. It is often said that you should never leave the scene of a good idea without taking one step towards its realization. It’s not enough just to nod, agree and internalize – you have to action what you learn, so that it becomes a part of who you are.

Thirdly, pay it forward. We often learn the best when explaining concepts to others. So don’t hoard your newfound gems – share them around, tweet about them, write articles and mentor and support the people around you. It’s a good way for everyone to get collectively better and when you rise the tide, we all float.

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November 17th 6pm
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8th Floor
New York, NY

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