How many versions of an elevator pitch do people have, especially with longer careers? It seems like you could lead or include so many topics depending on who you're speaking with. How do you keep it all straight, and how do others manage this?
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My direct report missed a deadline…
Background — my direct report has been at our company for a little over 2 years as a coordinator remotely. She works with various teams to help submit deliverables to Clients with a set deadline. The turnaround is usually between 1-3 weeks.
She has around 15-20 years overall experience. She recently (maybe a few months ago) told me a family member is sick with (I think they live together). My
boss and I (individually) have noticed that she frequently has some issue arise (laptop issues, car problems, falls, some excuse on why she doesn’t want to commute to the office 1x/quarter), but we have tried to be understanding of her situations that seem to arise once a week (not saying we don’t believe her, just want to figure out how to best support her).
She recently missed the deadline on submitting something to a client, all because her computer froze when she was trying to compile multiple documents. I’m not sure why this task was left until last minute, but it’s becoming a common theme with her.
Without calling anyone out directly, my boss and I reminded all teammates about our process and procedures multiple times this year already.
I plan to have a discussion/debrief on what happened and lessons learned, but I just want to make sure I’m asking her all of the right and appropriate questions (does she feel like she has the resources to do her job, etc.) and really don’t want to put her on a performance improvement plan (PIP) yet.
Any suggestions on what questions I should ask?
Suggestions on next steps?
I really don’t want to pull HR in unless I have to. But our team is extremely lean and we need reliable people we can depend on.
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How can I stop disliking my bubbly personality in the workplace?
I work in tech and strongly feel that after one more year of work experience but most certainly after I finish my bachelor's degree. I will be ready to transition to mid-level tech-related roles.
I do get positive feedback on my bubbly personality from hiring managers and recruiters. As the recurring statement is, " You have more social skills, empathy, and warmth than most technical engineers we interview. " Which feels great and is humbling to hear buttt... I can't help but feel that my bubbly personality, which always seems to present itself when I lose control of the excitement felt when engaging in conversation with new people. Will work against being taken seriously.
When my bubbly personality comes out, I feel like others see me as a bright-eyed bushy-tailed newbie who lacks the maturity required to succeed in leadership roles despite my work ethic showing otherwise.
Can anyone share their take on this? Thank you in advance!
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Excellent article from Sloan School of Management, MIT on “Glass Cliff” Assignments.
Applying for a role, that part of application asked for SS info.
They asked if unemployed and collected unemployment. Can they look this up?
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EA promotion path
I am an EA, and at the company, I work for, I recently learned
that regarding promotion (grade levels), we are tied directly to those we support.
My manager is a VP, so unless he becomes an SVP or EVP, I will stay at the same
level forever. I would like to know if other EAs experience the same process or
if, in your company, it's different. I would like to make a case with examples
outside of my company so I could maybe change the process.
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Yesterday's challenges are today's stepping stones.
Every leader's journey is filled with ups and downs.
Moments that test your limits, and moments of victory.
But it's the lessons learned, the growth experienced, and the perspective gained throughout this process that truly define one's leadership.
Reflecting on my own journey, here are a few things that I stand by:
1. Authenticity matters - Be true to yourself and your values, as it sets the foundation for genuine connections with others.
2. Embrace failure - Some of our most valuable lessons come from our failures. Use them as opportunities to learn and grow.
3. Remain adaptable - Change is constant, and being able to adapt quickly and effectively is essential for staying ahead in today's fast-paced world.
4. Nurture relationships - Invest in cultivating strong relationships with your team, mentors, stakeholders, and partners – they form a critical support network in times of need.
5. Continuous learning - Keep challenging yourself to learn new skills, expand your knowledge base and stay curious about the world around you.
So, I ask you:
What has your leadership journey taught you?
What are some key insights you'd like to share with others embarking on their own paths?
Your experiences may just inspire someone else's growth!
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