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Mirror, Mirror: Understanding Yourself and Your Career Development
Mirror, Mirror: Understanding Yourself and Your Career Development
Mirror, Mirror: Understanding Yourself and Your Career Development
Mirror, Mirror: Understanding Yourself and Your Career Development
Mirror, Mirror: Understanding Yourself and Your Career Development
Mirror, Mirror: Understanding Yourself and Your Career Development
Mirror, Mirror: Understanding Yourself and Your Career Development
Mirror, Mirror: Understanding Yourself and Your Career Development
Mirror, Mirror: Understanding Yourself and Your Career Development
Mirror, Mirror: Understanding Yourself and Your Career Development
Mirror, Mirror: Understanding Yourself and Your Career Development
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Mirror, Mirror: Understanding Yourself and Your Career Development

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This presentation is designed to help professional women improve their self-assessment skills and apply those skills to their career development.

This presentation is designed to help professional women improve their self-assessment skills and apply those skills to their career development.

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  1. Mirror, Mirror: Understanding Yourself and Your Career Development <ul><li>Jessica Faye Carter </li></ul><ul><li>2009 Diversity Women’s Business Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Greensboro, NC </li></ul><ul><li>October 16, 2009 </li></ul>
  2. Overview <ul><li>About Self-Reflection and Your Career </li></ul><ul><li>Mirrors & Fairy Tales </li></ul><ul><li>What’s In Your Mirror? </li></ul><ul><li>Self-Assessment Exercise </li></ul>© 2009 Jessica Faye Carter. All Rights Reserved.
  3. Self-Reflection and Your Career <ul><li>We sometimes get in the way of our own success </li></ul><ul><li>We are each bringing our “selves” into the workplace </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture (e.g., Eastern European, African-American, Latino/a, Asian, South Asian) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geographic background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Notions of right and wrong </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Acceptable behavior </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Everyone is bringing different “selves” into the workplace and it is your interaction with these different “selves” that impacts your career development </li></ul><ul><li>People hire, promote, and fire others in the workplace </li></ul>© 2009 Jessica Faye Carter. All Rights Reserved.
  4. “ Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” <ul><li>— The Queen in Snow White </li></ul>
  5. Mirrors and Fairy Tales <ul><li>In fairy tales/myths, the mirror or reflection provides insight into the personality traits and motivation of the characters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Snow White </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We ask the mirror questions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mirror speaks to us about ourselves </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mirror speaks to us about others </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We repeatedly approach the mirror with the same questions (get caught in a loop) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Narcissus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The mirror/reflection can lead to too much self-involvement </li></ul></ul></ul>© 2009 Jessica Faye Carter. All Rights Reserved.
  6. What’s In Your Mirror? <ul><li>Purpose of looking into the mirror is to get a clear picture of yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge: unclear picture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>insecurities, past experiences, unhappiness, kudos, beauty, success </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Influenced by other points of view </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Family, friends, significant others, society, spiritual advisors, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Solution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Isolate other points of view and your own perspective and issues will emerge </li></ul></ul>© 2009 Jessica Faye Carter. All Rights Reserved.
  7. Keys to Self-Reflection <ul><li>Take it seriously and look carefully at yourself </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be careful of “blind spots” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use feedback you’ve received from friends, family, even “frenemies”/enemies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filter out other perspectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s not about how others view you/your situation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think carefully about your likes, dislikes, and things you are indifferent to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This is also for your protection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep self-reflective exercises to yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This is a personal exercise; it is important that you learn to trust and develop your own judgment </li></ul></ul>
  8. Behavioral Mapping <ul><ul><li>Match your personal challenges and issues with workplace behaviors that may be hindering your career (example below): </li></ul></ul>Workplace Behavior /Challenge Underlying Emotion Root Cause of Issue Incessant talker/chatter Needs to feel heard Family : Comes from a large family, didn’t get much attention Spreads increased amounts of gossip about others Seeks to divert attention away from self; uncomfortable in environment; feels powerless Personal : Doesn’t feel like she measures up to others in the workplace Frequent disagreements with supervisor Desire for power; wants ideas to be heard and acted upon Personal : Believes that everyone operates by the same value system
  9. Sarah’s Dilemma <ul><li>Sarah, 35, is the Director of Marketing at a well-known consumer products company. She has an MBA from Dartmouth and was featured in BrandWeek for one of her product launches. Most of her colleagues don’t realize that she is from a small mining town in West Virginia and the oldest of 6 children. One day, her supervisor calls her in and hints that while she is viewed as an up-and-comer by senior executives, some colleagues view her as a little too intense. You went to b-school with Sarah and know her background. At lunch one day, she asks you how she should handle this situation. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the primary perception issue that Sarah is facing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are some ways that Sarah can handle it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What should Sarah avoid doing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is this situation likely to impact Sarah’s career? Why or why not? </li></ul></ul>© 2009 Jessica Faye Carter. All Rights Reserved.
  10. “ I’m starting with the [wo]man in the mirror” <ul><li>— From “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson </li></ul>
  11. Key Takeaways <ul><li>Know yourself: strengths, weaknesses, things that you’re indifferent to </li></ul><ul><li>Be comfortable with yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be surprised when others misunderstand your behavior and motivations </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to defend yourself, but don’t go overboard or share personal information that can be used against you </li></ul><ul><li>Check in with yourself regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Be kind to yourself; making mistakes is part of life. Learn from them and move on. </li></ul>© 2009 Jessica Faye Carter. All Rights Reserved.
  12. Thank You.

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