It's late night and early tomorrow morning you have a very important presentation to deliver to the senior leadership team in your company. You are anxious and self-doubt is running high. How do you prepare with the little time that remains? You are already have a great story line and a compelling ask but what will seal the deal? It's credibility.
Many of us have heard the saying that it’s not about what you know but who you know. The importance of networking is growing in relevancy, as technology is becoming more prominent than ever. Technology allows us to build connections in a matter of seconds through a simple Google search, email, or chat message.
Have you ever experienced the Sunday Blues? There are many names for the anticipatory anxiety that occurs as many Americans end the weekend and prepare for another Monday morning. According to a survey conducted by Monster, a global online employment service, 76% of respondents in the United States report having “really bad” Sunday night blues in a poll conducted in March of 2015. When compared to the rest of the world, the United States is significantly higher as only 45% of other countries report experiencing the “really bad” Sunday night blues.
So now that I’ve got your attention, I should say I didn’t literally mean ALL feedback. I co-facilitated a workshop recently with a group of 18 emerging leaders in technology functions. In that workshop, participants receive feedback from a 360-survey that is designed for and indicative of what is takes to be successful in a senior technology leadership position. We structure this workshop so that the feedback is provided on Day 1, that way participants can understand how others perceive them back on-the-job, and they can use the remainder of the workshop days to better understand the feedback and create actions plans for future development, all aimed at moving to the next-level of responsibility in their respective companies.
There is not a more relevant issue to managers of technology functions than their ability to influence across the business. Or at least that is the case if those managers want to be perceived as leaders in the business. For many, influence is synonomous with playing politics, and that is percieved as negative by many. Just breaking the word POLITICS into parts tells the story…poli, meaning many, and tics, meaning blood-sucking parasites!