As a Business Executive Coach, I am often asked: “What are your best success tips or advice you would offer business and career women?” Listed below are the top 5 success tips I recommend to business and career women who are serious about leaping to the next level.
1. See the long-term vision. Whatever your current job title is, or the current position of your business in the marketplace, think of where you want to be in five years. A common problem for career women and women business owners is taking responsibility for projects or obtaining clients that suit where they are now – but do not line with future promotions, bigger career responsibilities or business growth. Whatever projects you involve yourself in or clients you accept; should be those that enhance your short but more importantly your long-term vision.
2. Play it close to the vest. Knowledge is power and there are times when keeping all or some of it to yourself is the best course of action. Bite your tongue when you’re tempted to share information – whether it’s gossip about your boss if your are in corporate or information about your newest client if you are a business owner. If you want to succeed at work and in business growth, you must make sure your business communication is carefully audited.
3. Don’t listen to the naysayers. Most of us have people in our lives that either have too much time on their hands and spend it interfering with our lives or don’t feel good about themselves and do everything possible to bring us down to their level. I always tell my clients to ‘get rid of whatever makes them stop’ – in this case I suggest eliminating those relationships that do not support you, your vision or what you are achieving. Always surround yourself with high-achieving business and career woman.
4. Learn to express your needs. It is key that you express your wants and needs very clearly, objectively, and respectfully. Learn how to ask for what you want and need and when someone ask you for their wants and needs be sure to reciprocate.
5. Get comfortable with money and charging what you are worth. Women and money do not always have a comfortable relationship. Instead of being afraid to talk about money, learn the basics of profit and loss, investing and how to impact your bottom line. Think about taking a money management or accounting course to improve your financial knowledge and then get rid of your ‘money junk’.
If the thought of increasing your fees or prices to your clients, or negotiating a raise at your current company or a higher salary at a new job – makes you queasy, you’re not alone. As a business and career woman, you must assess your value on the job, in the marketplace and charge clients accordingly and work for a company who will pay you based on what you bring to the table (expertise).
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Dr. Laureen Wishom and filed in Business Growth