Leveling Up – Taking Career to The Next Level

Strategy

  • You can’t win if you don’t play
  • Choosing your game
  • Set target / goals
  • Charting your path
  • 4 keys for setting goals
    1. Identify success
    2. Be specific about steps
    3. Identify obstacles
    4. Plan to follow up

Game Play

  • Contributions
  • Become indispensable
  • Fill the gaps. Look for places to contribute.
  • Do the right things
  • Managing your manager
  • Status
  • Assessing performance
    • Documentation
    • Mentoring
    • Ops
    • Maintainability
    • Quality
    • Innovation & New Ideas
  • Trust & integrity
    • Build trust. Deliver on your commitments, act authentically and consistently.
  • Know the timing.
    • Estimate — confidence –> Actual
    • Actual — validate –> Analyze
    • Analyze — incorporate –> Estimate
  • Do the hardest work first
  • Manage your time
  • Practice
  • Coachability
    • Seek expert feedback
    • 6 keys to receiving feedback
      1. Don’t be defensive
      2. Fight the urge to jump in
      3. Ask for clarification
      4. Listen for emotion
      5. Be gracious and thankful
      6. Change and adapt

Team Up

  • Charisma
    • Be open
    • Bring solutions
    • Empathy & attitude
    • Reframe
    • Reverse
    • Long term
    • Change for growth
  • Communication
    • Improve written messages
    • Who is your audience?
    • Lead with what is important
    • Be concise. “Let me know if you would like more information.”
    • Make it easy to understand
  • Connecting
    • 4 keys to making others feel important
    1. Be present
    2. Repeat what you heard
    3. Ask questions
    4. Don’t interrupt
  • Collaboration
    • Set an example
    • Influence. No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.
    • Improve relationships. Make 2 ordered lists:
      1. The most important people on your team
      2. The people with whom you have the best relationships
    • Rebuild burned bridges
    • Find your common ground
    • Focus on the long term
    • Don’t give up

The seven C’s for greatness

  1. Clarify – Choose your own adventure
  2. Contribution – Work hard, do your best
  3. Coachability – Seek out the truth
  4. Charisma – Keep getting better
  5. Communication – Get your point across
  6. Connection – Listen & care
  7. Collaboration – Focus on relationships

This is a summary of the original content by Kate Matsudaira here and her presentation.