EPISODE 126 | AUGUST 23, 2023
Have you ever felt like you weren’t sure which path to take? This simple question comes up in our lives and career and the way we respond can literally make the difference between success and failure. As the host of HerCsuite® Radio, I will take you on this two-part journey to help you move past feeling stuck and on to being unstoppable.
As a business leader and perpetual opportunity creator (AKA sales generator) the one thing I can tell you is that supercharging your career will still require you to stop along the way, recharge, regroup before moving on. And there will be things that don’t go right.
When I meet with women, one of the first questions I ask is what does success look like for you? The answer can be varied, a new job, promotion, life balance, retirement, finding a board position… Whatever the answer, there is always something behind the answer.
This is what happens when an opportunity for promotion comes along. We tend to look for at least 90% of having all the skills whereas our male counterparts are feeling happy if they have at least 2-3.
In this case you need to Believe You Are Ready. Women often in conversation have a sense of relief when we unpack their career contributions and overall amazing qualifications to do whatever it is they are looking to achieve.
Not all conversations are about careers. It can be looking for solutions to gain traction. In every instance that feeling like you are ready, comes up and the response you need to tell yourself with confidence is I AM READY.
When there is a real barrier, in this case at least one individual, or more, who is not allowing things to go forward, the best strategy is to get curious. This involves you asking questions. For example-after you share your vision, if the response is that the company is not interested in doing this-ask what about the idea is not aligned to our vision or how could we create a nuance to make it more appealing.
The most common barrier I am hearing lately is being stuck at Director Level. Statistically according to McKinsey, for every one woman who is promoted to Director, two leave the company. The reason can be as simple as there are a limited number of Director or Vice President Roles and so it may not be possible to move ahead. The answer for the 66% is to leave. Are you feeling like this is you only option? There may be some other options you haven’t yet considered.
Whatever the barrier, you need to know with confidence why it is important to yourself to move past it. Is it really what you want to see happen? If the answer is yes! You are ready to move to the unstoppable phase.
.3 Keys To Becoming Unstoppable:
Every Saturday, I attend the live podcast stream with Meridith Elliot Powell and Mark Hunter Sales Logic at 7 AM CT. I learn so much from every experience both from the audience and from the hosts.
You may remember Meridith from a previous podcast “Lean In to Your Customers”
I am currently reading a book – “Barbie and Ruth” by Robin Gerber. It is so fascinating to learn all the ways Ruth Handler used marketing and sales strategies when she was the only woman in every room. And yet, she always walked out with a yes in most cases. Even when she didn’t win, she would learn and go back and try again. Ruth believed she belonged. She would nurture her Media and PR connections and she was consistently learning about new ideas.
You have to do 3 things every day to build the unstoppable muscle and include at least one thing that scares you.
Remember, even the most confident people have doubts. Remove any fear. Know you are ready and dismantle the barriers. Believe you belong. You’ve surrounded yourself with the right people and you have learned life lessons throughout your career and life that make you a valuable asset in any room.
I believe in you. You Got This!
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Natalie Benamou, Founder, HerCsuite™ Women's Growth Network.
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