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Demand Your Seat At The Table - How To Navigate & Succeed In A Challenging Workplace

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Mark Hall discusses the strategies needed to navigate the corporate space and secure diverse leadership roles in these spaces.

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Demand Your Seat At The Table - How To Navigate & Succeed In A Challenging Workplace

  1. 1. Demand Your Seat At The Table How To Navigate & Succeed In A Challenging Workplace Mark Hall
  2. 2. Agenda ▸ Disclaimer ▸ Who Am I & Why Should You Listen ▸ Understanding the Facts ▸ How to Think About Your Career ▸ Strategies For Successful Career Development ▸ Summary & Closing 2MarkAnthonyHall.com
  3. 3. Disclaimer ▸ I’m not here representing any company or organization ▸ All statements & opinions are my own ▸ Use this information at your own risk (or benefit) 3MarkAnthonyHall.com
  4. 4. HELLO! I am Mark Hall Venture Capital & Startup Partnerships at Google | Forbes Contributor 4 @MrMarkHall TheMarkHall MarkAnthonyHall.com
  5. 5. Understanding The Facts Let’s Agree On Some Core Facts. 1 MarkAnthonyHall.com
  6. 6. 6Source: https://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat18.htm MarkAnthonyHall.com
  7. 7. 7 Source: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/black-professionals-hold-only-3-percent-of-executive-jobs-1-percent-of-ceo-jobs-at-fortune-500-firms-new-report-says/ MarkAnthonyHall.com
  8. 8. Expectation vs Reality 8 What’s On The Company Website What The Office Looks Like MarkAnthonyHall.com
  9. 9. A Lack of Representation Matters ▸ Harder to eliminate/minimize bias in hiring, promotional and performance management processes ▸ Harder to find sponsorship & mentorship from people who authentically understand your reality ▸ Harder to build products & services for diverse communities if the people in these companies don’t understand their audience 9MarkAnthonyHall.com
  10. 10. What We’ve Covered ▸ Who Am I & Why Should You Listen ▸ Understanding the Facts ▸ How to Think About Your Career ▸ Strategies For Successful Career Development ▸ Summary & Closing 10MarkAnthonyHall.com
  11. 11. How To Think About Your Career 2 MarkAnthonyHall.com
  12. 12. “ Don’t stress about not having it all figured out. Social media can make us think that we’re the only one not “trending up and to the right.” Focus intently on where you are at now and use this as leverage while everyone else is focused on projecting where they want to be rather than where they actually are. - Angela Benton, entrepreneur 12MarkAnthonyHall.com
  13. 13. Your Career Won’t Be A Straight Line 13MarkAnthonyHall.com
  14. 14. Career Growth vs. Career Development Career Growth Career growth is fostered through goals you set as an individual to get where you want to be in your company or field. 14 Career Development The process in which something transforms into a different stage or improves, this may be physical, social or psychological; ie. your skills, talent & expertise. MarkAnthonyHall.com
  15. 15. Broadening The Term ‘Career Growth’ 15MarkAnthonyHall.com
  16. 16. Impact Is The Secret Sauce One of the best way to drive career growth at most companies is to contribute growing impact over time. Performance is not a permanent label. Keep striving for more. Consider what impact looks like in your job: ▸ Revenue generated (Sales/Management) ▸ Customer satisfaction / cases resolved (Customer Support) ▸ Projects completed (Program/Project Management) ▸ Campaigns launched (Marketing/PR) ▸ Number of applications or lines of code deployed (Programming) ▸ Growth in market share / competitive positioning (Management) ONCE YOU’VE DEMONSTRATED THE IMPACT, DOCUMENT & SHARE IT!!!! 16MarkAnthonyHall.com
  17. 17. What We’ve Covered ▸ Who Am I & Why Should You Listen ▸ Understanding the Facts ▸ How to Think About Your Career ▸ Strategies For Successful Career Development ▸ Summary & Closing 17MarkAnthonyHall.com
  18. 18. Strategies For Successful Career Development 3 MarkAnthonyHall.com
  19. 19. Success Tips Find Mentorship Learn from those who’ve already succeeded in ways that you want to succeed. This could be formally or informally. Know What Success Looks Like Have a clear definition and pathway for what high-quality work and success looks like in your role. Map your actions against that. 19 Earn Sponsorship Be so good that senior leaders want to advocate for you when you are not in the room. Hold Leaders Accountable When you perform above expectations, hold your leaders accountable for rewarding you by giving you more/new responsibilities, compensating you properly, etc. MarkAnthonyHall.com
  20. 20. Success Tips (continued) Vocalize Your Goals Make sure your leadership team is aware of where you want to be in 6-12 months, 18-24 months and beyond. 20 Execute. Execute. Execute. The most important part of getting ahead is by exceeding expectations in your role. Do that consistently and it makes everything else easier. MarkAnthonyHall.com Network: Internally & Externally Your network = your net worth. Always be connecting with people in your org and outside. Grow relationships. Dominate LinkedIn. Constant Education & Re-Training What courses or trainings can you take to ensure you have the most relevant/updated skills? Can your employer subsidize or cover the cost?
  21. 21. Mentorship vs Sponsorship Understand The Difference…. Then Find Both. “Black employees are often over-mentored but under-sponsored!” 21MarkAnthonyHall.com
  22. 22. How To Find Mentors & Sponsors When Your Company Isn’t Very Diverse 22MarkAnthonyHall.com What To Do Inside The Company ▸ Find out if your company has any formal mentorship/sponsorship programs ▸ Find allies who are in leadership roles ▸ Ask a manager, colleague or HR for tips ▸ Create a formal program What To Do Outside Of The Company ▸ Look for online or local community groups with professionals with relevant skills/experience ▸ Connect with prior bosses/colleague at different companies ▸ Seek out specific people who may be a great informal mentor
  23. 23. 23 Personal Development Plan Build a roadmap to success. Share it. Hold everyone accountable. Place your screenshot here MarkAnthonyHall.com Find my template at bit.ly/MarkPDPTemplate
  24. 24. What We’ve Covered ▸ Who Am I & Why Should You Listen ▸ Understanding the Facts ▸ How to Think About Your Career ▸ Strategies For Successful Career Development ▸ Summary & Closing 24MarkAnthonyHall.com
  25. 25. Summary & Closing4 MarkAnthonyHall.com
  26. 26. Main Takeaways... ▸ Understanding the Facts ▹ It Will Be An Uphill Battle! ▸ How to Think About Your Career ▹ Career Lattice vs Career Growth ▹ Impact Is The Secret Sauce -> Telling Your Story Matters Too ▸ Strategies For Successful Career Development ▹ Use ALL Of The Success Tools Available ▹ Have a Plan & Advocate For Yourself 26MarkAnthonyHall.com
  27. 27. 27 THANKS! Any questions? You can find me at: @MrMarkHall TheMarkHall Slides will be available at MarkAnthonyHall.com/Speaking

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