“Are you walking around pretending to have it all together, while your mind is like a shaken snowglobe?” Career author Emily Bennington posed this question in our free May teleclass, “Mindfulness as a Career Strategy: How to Use Centuries-Old Techniques to Enhance Your Leadership Presence Today.” [scroll down to listen to the full teleclass]
While you might not always be able to control the thoughts that pop up in your head, explained Bennington, you can control how you respond to them through mindfulness, “ithe practice of bringing clarity and concentration to your moment-by-moment experience.”
In this 35-minute presentation, Bennington details a process designed to help you respond to your circumstances – whatever they are – from an empowered place, rather than simply reacting to the chaos that surrounds us all.
—A virtues, intentions, and goals template that, when completed, will bring deep clarity around what matters most in your life.
—An increased ability to catch yourself ‘thinking’ (solution-based responses) versus ‘thoughting’ (emotion-based reactions).
—A new understanding of mindfulness that will enable you to make better on-the-spot decisions and navigate work challenges with calm confidence.
Listen to the full class to learn how mindfulness can help you in your career and in your life.
2013 Massachusetts Conference for Women speaker Emily Bennington is author of Who Says It’s a Man’s World: The Girls’ Guide to Corporate Domination and the founder of AWAKE EXEC mindful leadership coaching for women. Her work deep dives into what Stephen Covey famously referred to as “the space” between stimulus and response where she challenges professionals to choose intentional, values-centered action. Emily has led training programs for numerous Fortune 500 companies and has been featured in business press ranging from CNN, ABC, and Fox, to the Wall Street Journal, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan. She is also a contributing writer for Monster.com and a featured blogger for Huffington Post and Forbes Woman. You can find her digital sandbox online at www.emilybennington.com.
What is it that you love about your current job, what are you really good at, and what sparks your passion? In the first episode of our new online radio show “Office Hours,” host Samantha Ettus and featured guest Darlene Templeton discussed how women can become their own best advocates and leverage their skills and experience to meet specific career goals.
The following is a brief recap of some of the key points. Please listen to the replay below to get all the tips, tools and strategies so that you really can “drive your own career and become your best advocate.”
Clarifying Your Goals – “GPS your career”
Be very clear on what you really want to do, focus on the areas where you are strong and that you are passionate about doing.
Build your career roadmap – Set 30-, 60- and 90-day goals as part of that roadmap.
Leveraging Your Support Network – “Your girlfriends, not your husband, are on speed dial”
Mentors, coaches, and sponsors play a very important role in your career, so identify and create relationships with women who you admire and can help you pave the way for your success.
Create and expand your peer network or your “advisory board,” so you have a group of women outside your job you can go to about work issues, questions and support. We all need our girlfriends.
Communicating your value – “We all need someone to brag on us”
Learn to say “Thank You” when you receive compliments in the workplace and in your personal life. Don’t minimize your accomplishments and successes.
Learn to tell your story and make your story applicable to your current audience. It may be different depending to whom you are talking or which job you want.
Networking – “Target your networking events and volunteer”
Choose your network events carefully and make sure they apply to your job or to your personal passion.
Volunteer and participate in the organizations/charities that you are passionate about, and you will build great relationships you can leverage in the future.
Sam asked Darlene her one final tip and it was “CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESSES EVERY DAY!” You deserve it.
Click HERE to listen to the full interview.
Darlene Templeton is a professional speaker, trainer, executive coach and author. A master in LEADERSHIP and TRANSFORMATION, Darlene’s extensive corporate experience (36 years with IBM) has given her the tools to transform even the most dynamic executives into world-class leaders. To learn more about Darlene visit here.
As the leading lifestyle and parenting expert for women, Samantha Ettus specializes in coaching the busiest parents on the planet. Since earning her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Harvard, Sam has coached thousands of parents – celebrities, top CEO’s and professional athletes – who aim to perform at the highest levels in both their professional and personal lives. To learn more about Sam visit here.
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Join us May 22nd at 1:00pm EDT as host Samantha Ettus and featured guest Darlene Templeton team up for the Conference for Women’s new online radio show “Office Hours.” This month’s broadcast is designed to give you the tools you need to be your own office advocate. As a bestselling author and the host of Working Moms Lifestyle, Samantha has helped hundreds of women champion themselves in the workplace. (more…)
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