Beyond the work, align and apply are critical steps for career advance
Leaping before they are 100 percent ready allows women to exercise their abilities to stretch in new ways, which could enhance their self-efficacy. But are women doing this?
After two decades in emerging technologies, I have recently learned that I did not understand the rules of the professional game, such as the importance of applying earlier and aligning to career sponsors. I thought my good work and measurable results would pave an optimal path for the future. Now, as an entrepreneur working to advance and retain women in tech and related fields, I review industry studies, dig into related research and follow talent experts. I am certain that what I have learned over the last few years would have changed my career choices and related actions. I am certain; some small but proactive tweaks would have catapulted me in my desired direction earlier in my career. Now, I think it is important to share these insights with professional women as they are plotting their advancement strategies. It is even more important to share these differences with executive men, as they are often instrumental in sponsoring talent and making strategic leadership ...
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