Monday, May 23, 2011

Jo Miller takes the Business 380 Magazine ‘Biz Quiz’

Jo Miller was interviewed by Business 380 Magazine for the ‘Biz Quiz’. Read her answers to questions including:

  • What’s the best day of the week to be in a meeting?

  • What do you always have close at hand at your desk?

  • Did you start out in this line of work? What did you think you’d be doing when you “grew up”?

  • How did you happen to come to live and work in Eastern Iowa?
Read it here . . .

Monday, May 16, 2011

Top 3 reasons to attend Poised For Leadership in Cedar Rapids on June 17

Why should you consider attending? Here are the top three reasons:

Reason #3:
Expand your network by meeting a terrific group of high-energy, high-potential up-and-coming women leaders (who, like yourself, are actively engaged in advancing their careers).

Reason #2:
Find out why women across the US and Canada are giving this workshop rave reviews, and consistently rate the facilitation and content at a satisfaction level of over 90%.

Reason #1:
De-mystify the career advancement process with our step-by-step roadmap to break into leadership, including how to:

-Project a seasoned, credible leadership presence
-Gain visibility and reward for your accomplishments
-Build a reputation as a leader, expert or go-to person
-Understand the dynamics of power in your organization
-Navigate organizational politics with savvy
-Build an influential network, and use it to access hidden resources, information and opportunities
-Cultivate influence and get buy-in for ideas and initiatives
-Create, envision and lead high-profile projects.

So, what are you waiting for? Make this your year to break out and establish yourself as an up-and-coming leader by attending Poised For Leadership! Register now

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Read the latest edition of our newsletter

In this issue:

  • How to Climb the Corporate Ladder as a Woman in High Tech

  • How to Hone the Skill of Promoting Your Accomplishments

  • Emotional Intelligence vs. Passion in the work place.

Read it here

In Cedar Rapids on June 17: Join us for the Poised For Leadership workshop

Are you in Cedar Rapids? Wondering what it really takes to break into leadership?

If so, you are invited to join Jo Miller, CEO of Women's Leadership Coaching Inc., on June 17 at Poised For Leadership, a one-day workshop for women who want to create a roadmap into positions of responsibility, influence and leadership in business. Learn more and register

Sunday, May 1, 2011

From the article archive: Getting Credit for Your Ideas

Question: I suggested a great idea, but the initiative was given to my co-worker. They ended up getting all the accolades, even though I was more than qualified to lead this particular project. How can I get credit for my ideas?
Jo Miller answers:

Don’t just pitch your ideas – pitch proposals, and remember to pitch yourself, too!

Ideas alone are not enough. Too often I hear women describe how they suggested a great idea, but were overlooked and the initiative was given to someone else to lead. Did that other person really “steal” the idea? If you forget to pitch yourself as the person to lead the initiative, then someone else may reasonably assume the idea is up for grabs and run with it.

There are two additional steps to help you turn an idea into an opportunity for yourself.

Step 1: Pitch Your Proposal
My advice is to go beyond just suggesting ideas, and put forward proposals. If you are ready to take on a bigger leadership role, then make proposals — often. Make a habit of frequently putting forward your ideas, solutions, or value-add on projects, while not getting too attached to any particular idea. This is how you build a reputation as a strategic thinker and problem-solver.

Get used to finishing every idea or suggestion with a proposal: “My proposal is that we… a, b, c (stating your proposed course of action).”

Step 2: Pitch Yourself
When you put forward an idea or a proposal, it’s important to add that you are the ideal person to lead the charge. Complete every proposal by stating why you are the best person for the job: “I am uniquely qualified to lead this initiative because… a, b, c (stating your qualifications).”

Then, close the sale: “What are our next steps to move forward?”

Jo Miller is CEO of Women’s Leadership Coaching Inc. Through leadership workshops, coaching programs and webinars, Jo helps women create their roadmap into leadership positions in business.