And that my friends, is the chasm.
The good news is, if you want to cross the chasm and move into senior leadership, this is absolutely learnable. It takes investing in yourself and becoming more self-aware, but if I can do it, so can you.
So where can you start?
Here are some great questions to get really honest and ask yourself if you’re feeling stuck:
Am I going above and beyond, or just executing really well at the job I’ve been given?
How often do I take initiative with a new idea or problem vs. asking my boss for the solution?
When was the last time I brought a great new insight to the table that helped shape our strategy?
If you’re answering ‘not very often’ to all 3 of these, you now know why you’re stuck.
And friends, I get it! Because I was stuck too… I was stuck trying to get promoted to a Director role for almost 4 years and stuck again trying to get promoted to a VP role for 5! But once I learned to show up like a strategic leader, it got a whole lot easier… and more fun.
If I think about the most impactful changes I made to the way I showed up, they were:
Taking more initiative and presenting my ideas with confidence
Learning how to bring valuable business insights to the table
Effectively communicating my ideas to the C-suite – framing things in a more impactful way
Broadening my thinking – ie. thinking like a CEO
These may sound like big changes, but the truth is once you wrap your head around them, they really aren’t all that difficult. They just take practice and commitment.
I’ve seen first-hand how making some simple changes can take my clients from ‘stuck’ to ‘promoted’.
Until next time friends… ✌️💜