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December 2019 | Ask a Leader Anything

Do I really need an MBA to be a leader? Is it a ‘career killer’ to say no to a role with relocation? How important is global experience? Join our candid Ask Me Anything session featuring top executives who’ve seen a thing or two…and bring your own leadership questions! This hour-long Q&A will offer fresh advice on everything from managing critical career relationships to unwritten rules that help you advance. Our panel of industry leaders will share fresh perspectives, but your questions will drive the conversation. (Panel)

Speakers: Liz Brenner, Founder & CEO at Culture Evolved and Kathy Tyra, VP, Workplace Resources and Real Estate at NetApp.

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December 2019 | Ask a Leader Anything

  1. 1. Ask a Leader Anything
  2. 2. #BeLeaderly Liz Brenner @lizbrenner LinkedIn: /lizbrenner Kathy Tyra LinkedIn: /kathy-tyra Jo Miller @jo_miller LinkedIn: /jomillerwlc
  3. 3. #BeLeaderly Bank of America GeodisThermoFisher Scientific
  4. 4. Launching on December 13!
  5. 5. Corporate Subscribers
  6. 6. Jo Miller CEO, Be Leaderly • Has dedicated two decades to helping women advance into positions of influence by leveraging their leadership strengths. • Developed a pragmatic and powerful roadmap that guides women to become the powerhouse leaders they were meant to be. • Has spoken at women’s leadership conferences, professional associations, and corporate women’s networks for more than 300 organizations. • Woman of Influence: 9 Steps to Build Your Brand, Establish Your Legacy, and Thrive (McGraw-Hill) launches December 13! @Jo_Miller
  7. 7. Liz Brenner Founder & CEO at Culture Evolved • 22+ years in global corporate roles spanning operations, consulting, marketing, and HR. • Launched Culture Evolved in 2019 to help clients with change management, culture, engagement, and communications. • Frequent speaker, blogger, and career coach. • Lives with husband and 4 children in hometown of West Chester, PA. We love traveling, watching sporting events, and just spending time together.
  8. 8. Kathy Tyra, VP, Workplace Resources and Real Estate at NetApp • Responsible for global facilities management, real estate, safety and security and corporate travel. • Has led great teams across a wide range of operations including finance operations, supply chain, facilities and real estate, and shared services. • Takes immense pride in being a strong steward of the company culture and employee success objectives. • Kathy and husband Dave have been married 27 years. They have a blended family of four children and 4 grandchildren. They enjoy travel, extended family outings, sporting events and wine tasting.
  9. 9. Stories Situations Self- awareness Skill- building 4 Types of Questions to Ask a Mentor
  10. 10. 1. Stories
  11. 11. What is the one thing you believe it takes to succeed, and how has this helped you in your career? Speaking up • Ask for the promotion • Share your good work • Be vocal in meetings
  12. 12. How have you created work life / personal life balance the more senior you get? Is it even possible? • You have to create your own balance and it may not be 100% all the time. • Determine what’s really important to you and preserve time for those things.
  13. 13. Describe the situation in which you made your biggest mistake. How did you handle it and what did you learn?
  14. 14. • Not getting feedback on a proposal for a client from enough people and from the right people. • The proposal flopped. • Luckily I got a second chance. • Reworked and got feedback from more people. It was a success! • You can't assume one person can speak for a full team—get multiple viewpoints and feedback. • Never go into an important presentation without giving a preview to the client first if you can.
  15. 15. Take the poll! Visit
  16. 16. 2. Situations
  17. 17. What's your advice for how to turn down a recommended position that I know I will be good at but would be very unhappy doing?
  18. 18. • Always show thanks for the consideration. • Be honest about why you don’t want the role. • Are there other ways you can help without taking the role?
  19. 19. What should I do if I really don't like my boss as a person? • You aren't going to like everyone and everyone won't like you. That is OK. • Keep it focused on the work and shared goals. • Over-communicate. • Find common ground.
  20. 20. How can I advance or get a mentor or sponsor when I am over 50 years old? • Never be afraid to ask for a mentor or sponsor regardless of age. • Be ready to explain how a mentor/sponsor will help you be more successful.
  21. 21. 3. Self-Awareness
  22. 22. How can I correct a less-than- optimal first impression? • Depending on the situation, you may want to acknowledge that it was a poor first impression. • Or just ignore what happened the first time and change that impression over time with your good work, strong presence, etc.
  23. 23. How to make people accept you as their leader? • It all starts with trust. • Keep your promises. • Be transparent. • Be a supporter of career success and next steps. • Co-create a common vision and goals for the team. • Be real.
  24. 24. How do you conquer the fear of handling people that you think are a better leader than you or of managing people who are better than you?
  25. 25. • This is classic “impostor syndrome”, which is more common with women than men. • Think about – what can you bring that they don’t have and what can you learn from them. • Jointly, how can you and the other person/people create a stronger team?
  26. 26. 4. Skill-Building
  27. 27. What strategies do you use to help employees understand the necessity of driving change?
  28. 28. • Help with the head, heart, and hands of change • Everyone owns change—get everyone involved • Give people a voice • Be transparent
  29. 29. What are techniques for working effectively with senior leaders who have very different communication styles and perspectives? • Try to have an understanding of their style before you present or meet with them. • Acknowledge their perspective in the meeting. • Come VERY prepared. • Give them space to express their views or vent (How to use your happy place.)
  30. 30. How do you keep up with everything? What methods can you recommend for defining priorities?
  31. 31. • Block your calendar. • Use Fridays to catch up. • Take vacations to recharge. • Don't look at your phone during your "blocked" time.
  32. 32. Stories Situations Self- awareness Skill- building Can we meet for 30 minutes to discuss some career-related questions? Ask someone you admire: 4 Types of Questions to Ask a Mentor
  33. 33. Q&A Liz Brenner @lizbrenner LinkedIn: /lizbrenner Kathy Tyra LinkedIn: /kathy-tyra Jo Miller @jo_miller LinkedIn: /jomillerwlc
  34. 34. Recommended Reading TheFourthIndustrialRevolutionby Klaus Schwab MeanPeopleSuckby Michael Brenner “25 Questions to Ask a Mentor” by Jo Miller
  35. 35. Launching on December 13!
  36. 36. Get today’s slides, bonus articles, and our newsletter: Text leaderly to 33777 We never share, rent or sell your email or personal information. More:
  37. 37. Reimagine Your Leadership Brand Tuesday, February 25, 2020 You already have a personal brand. But is it a leadership brand? This webinar addresses the key question: How can I reinvent how others perceive me as a leader? Develop a leadership brand that stands for something bigger than you can accomplish alone—and makes everyone around you sit up, pay attention, and see the leader in you. Speaker: Jo Miller, CEO, Be Leaderly
  38. 38. Closing Truthbombs Liz BrennerKathy Tyra
  39. 39. Discussion Questions 1. What was one piece of usefuladvice from Kathy and Lizthat you’ll put into action? 2. What’s thebest advice you ever received from a leader or a mentor? 3. Create one questionfrom one of thefour types (stories, situations,self-awareness, and skill building)to ask a leader, mentor, or role model.