Starting something new can be a daunting task. Whether it’s starting a new project, moving to a new team, or transitioning to a new role in the company. It can be intimidating to accept the fact that you don’t know everything. Some people have a difficult time asking for help. They think it makes them seem weak, when in truth it’s the exact opposite. Asking for help makes other people feel needed. It also enables you to build relationships with people who could become potential allies, mentors, or sponsors. There is that old saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know that counts”.
Last year when a senior leader spoke to the Women in IT about networking, he spoke about the importance of not only building your network, but also leveraging it. What does leveraging your network mean and how does it differ from building relationships?
When you start a new job, you most likely spend many hours trying to become an expert. Mastering every detail of your current job often serves as a useful strategy for keeping yourself in your current role. Which is fine if that is what you want. But if your goal is to move to a higher level, your expertise alone is probably not going to get you there.
When I was younger I believed that the quality of my work would speak for itself. I’m not really sure where in my life that I picked up this limiting belief. Maybe it was conditioned into me when I was in school. I actually thought that if I did great work and consistently met my […]
They realized that some of the aggressive and self-centered behaviors males exhibited didn’t apply to women. For instance, instead of claiming credit they don’t deserve, women are often reluctant to claim their successes. Why is that? And what can we do to change it?
I just came across this poem, “You Start Dying Slowly”, that was written by Martha Medeiros, but is mistakenly credited to Pablo Neruda. It touched my soul in a very deep way, and I decided to share. You start dying slowly if you do not travel, if you do not read, If you do not […]