“The Emerging Leader ”“Transition From Academic to the Corporate World” Cynthia Shelton, Northrop Grumman Corporation Coolidge Hamlett Jr., Naval Air Systems Command Joy Garcia, Boeing Corporation Friday, November 4, 2011
Paradox of Preparation “Academic circles and Work are fundamentally different. The knowledge you acquired in college will be critical to your success, but the process of succeeding in school is very different from the process of succeeding at work”. ACADEMIC WORKPLACE CIRCLES SETTINGS 1. YOU DETERMINE YOUR GRADES 1. LESS STRUCTURE 2. VERY STRUCTURED ENVIRONMENT 2. YOU ARE ON THE COMPANY’S TIME AND SCHEDULE 3. YOU DETERMINE YOUR SCHEDULE 3. HIGH EXPECTATIONS OF ACCOUNTABILITY
Graduates’ Perceptions between College & Work College Workplace Frequent, quick, and concrete feedback (grades and so on) Infrequent and less precise feedback Highly structured curriculum and programs with lots of Highly unstructured environment and tasks with direction few directions Few significant changes Frequent and unexpected changes Flexible schedule Structured schedule Frequent breaks and time off Limited time off Personal control over time, classes, and interests Responding to others’ directions and interests Intellectual challenge Organizational and people challenges Focus on getting results and your development Focus on your development and growth for the organization Create and explore knowledge Get results with your knowledge Less initiative required Lots of initiative required
The “Skills’ YOU Need! TECHNICAL TEAMWORK INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION STRONG WORK ETHICBALANCING WORK DEMANDS WITH FAMILY/FRIENDS/PERSONAL LIFE
3 Elements of SuccessPerformance Be heard through results Do your best the first time out Ask questions that you don’t understandImage Develop your own personal brand Show you are a team player Build relationships with peers and upper management Stay positive Exposure Demonstrate courage Accept new challenges and opportunities
The Pieces of PIE How well you do your job has very little to do with how successful you are in your professional career. • Performance counts for 10% of success • Image counts for 30% of success • Exposure counts for 60% of success •Performance counts for 10% of success • Image counts for 30% of success • Exposure counts for 60% of success
What Employers Want You To KnowKnowledge and understanding of the organizational mission and goals.Listening and oral communication skills.Adaptability and creative responses to setbacks and obstacles.Personal management, confidence, motivation to work toward goals, asense of wanting to develop ones career and take pride inaccomplishments.Group and interpersonal effectiveness, cooperativeness and teamwork,skills at negotiating disagreements.Effectiveness in the organization, wanting to make a contribution,leadership potential.
3 Leadership Questions To Think About 1. Are leaders born or made? 2. Do you believe leaders make a difference? 3. Do you believe you are leader?
Learning to Lead is Discovering: What you care about and value What inspires you What challenges you What gives you power and competence What encourages you
Characteristics to Build Working RelationshipsTrust: People in trusting relationships seek input from one another and use it, and allow one another to do their jobs without necessary oversight.Diversity: Broadens the number of potential solutions and enables people in the organization to learn from one another.Mindfulness: People are open to new ideas. Avoids operating on autopilot, encourages everyone to express their ideas without fear of ridicule and looks for ways to continually learn and improve.Interrelatedness: People are sensitive to the task at hand and understand how their work affects one another. This characteristic is better able to deal with unexpected events.Respect : People who respect one another values each others opinions and willingly change their minds in response to what others say.Effective Communication: 2 types- Rich Channels / Lean Channels Rich Channels- are face- face interactions which are preferred for messages with potentially unclear meanings or emotional content. Lean Channels- are emails or memos that are preferred for routine messages.
Identifying A “Mentor”Some of things you can learn from a mentor Gain in‐depth knowledge about the industry and the culture of the organization. Improve your leadership and communication skills Build a network of contacts within and outside the organization Get a real world perspective and keep you sharp from becoming complacent, by creating new challenges for you.Qualities of a good mentor Be easy assessable Be a good listener Possesses skills that you wish/need to develop Encourage and motivate you Be able to suggest new/creative ways to approach a problem Have experience and foresight Be honest and open to feedback Be ready to share his/her experiences
Making the most of a Mentor RelationshipWhat is Mentoring?Mentoring is a mutually beneficial relationship between a Mentor and a Protégé to share resources, time, experiences and expertise to help with personal and professional growth. Mentor RelationshipApproach mentor with trustworthiness and confidence. There should be openness and transparency between the two of you.Both of you must not hesitate to discuss a concern of issueIdentify your strengths and weaknesses , so you can focus on areas you need to develop or improve.Accept feedback constructively.Approach your mentor to develop contacts and references as and when you require them.
Need formentoring identified Complete Evaluations and Surveys Review Mentoring Program Handbook Optional Workshops Training Meet 2-3 hrs/monthComplete Mentor / Kick-Off Meeting Protégé Profile Agreed Partnership Preliminary Match = Official Match Receive List of Contact and Meet Potential Mentors Potential Mentor(s) to Contact