This article written by Katrina Lake is a great resource for those of us working in corporate businesses. Lake is the entrepreneur behind “Stich Fix” an online retailer that sends monthly clothing selections to its subscribers (no comment on their clothing choices—-eeek!!). THAT SAID: this article is spot-on, so helpful and really can help anyone who feels like they are in a “rut” at work.
Looking back on my own successes and failures as both an employee and employer, there are definitely things I did, didn’t do or could have done better.
Here are four of the most important tips I’ve learned along the way that can help anyone, in any job, get ahead:
- Clearly define what success means for you. Setting short-term and quarterly career goals with your manager that will help lead you to your long term goals. It’s important to include your manager in this planning so that he or she can help you define those goals, be accountable for them, and create a shared vision of success. Make it a habit to check in with your manager on a quarterly basis to review your goals and progress, as well as receive feedback. Even if it’s not standard practice for your company to do 360-degree reviews, having your manager or a peer collect 360-degree feedback for you can be an incredibly productive way to receive constructive criticism that will help you understand your strengths and opportunity areas most thoroughly.
- Volunteer for mini-leadership roles. Not a manager or an executive yet? It’s not too early to practice. Many companies are always looking for people to volunteer to help onboard new employees, organize sample sales, or plan the holiday party. All of these will warrant thanks from the leadership team, but more importantly, serve as opportunities to get cross-functional exposure and practice management and leadership skills.
- Be known as a great resource. Are you an Excel genius? An expert on local restaurants? Fabulous at proofreading? Go beyond your job description by being an open resource for others in the company who could benefit from your talents. I believe that paying it forward will serve you well one way or another in the future. Helping people on your team and people on other teams doesn’t go unnoticed. Recognizing individuals who go above and beyond are a favorite topic of conversation for our management team and a great way for you to get exposure inside boardroom walls, without breaking down the doors.
- Find a friend and a mentor. Find someone within the company who is on another team but is at a similar level or role as you to be a friend, a sounding board, and a place to go for candid feedback. Find a mentor within the company who resembles the leader you’d like grow to be. Be proactive with scheduling monthly or quarterly time to give you advice, feedback, and unbiased guidance in your long-term career goals.
I am SO excited to share a new artist that I’ve just discovered. (And for those of you that know me, you know I have a sort of “sixth sense” when it comes to emerging talent.)
Meet Miss Elyse Blackshaw. I discovered her imaginative fashion illustrations while surfing the net today, and I thanked the universe for bringing me some fresh inspiration, finally ;)
The Manchester-based artist uses hand embroidery, digital print, and illustration, to create lively croquis which navigate the space between serious fashion-designer and abstract fine artist in a novel and brilliant way. Blackshaw, whose concentration is Embroidery, graduated with honors from the Manchester School of Art just last year (2013).
Actual photographs of models heads/face ground us in reality and yet her raw and sharp way of clipping them seems to foreshadow the whimsical, stunning world which we see from the neck down. The clothing is modern and funky with embroidered elements echoing historical ideas and patterns. Dramatic yet comedic; complicated yet simple; serious yet whimsical; realistic yet abstract; Blackshawl seems to balance stylistic polarities with the skill and finesse of a well-versed pro.
Within a simple framework of line drawings appears a multi-dimensional, layered presentation of living textures (from glitter to thread) creating an underlying tension in all her works. This well-defined sense of drama, depth, and passion draws us in and swallows us whole. We enter the world of Elyse Blackshaw where nothing can be taken too seriously and yet everything makes perfect sense.
Images from here.
TO LIVE A CREATIVE LIFE
WE MUST LOSE OUR FEAR
OF BEING WRONG.
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