What exactly blocks the valuable leadership promotion you want?
29 Mar

What exactly blocks the valuable leadership promotion you want?

Marshall Goldsmith says, “What got you here won’t get you there,” and as an executive coach for Fortune 500’s I’ve found that to be so true.

Companies hire me to prepare their valued senior executives to step into higher positions. Whether it’s a director transitioning to a new SVP role or an EVP moving into the C-Suite, they all come to the same realization: The skills, insights, and aptitudes that got them that far are not going to provide the extra momentum necessary.

To push through to the next level, and succeed once you get there, you need higher-level development.

I understood that early in my career at a Fortune 100, from two unique perspectives. First, I had to make myself qualified. Next, I had to sustain that high-level of energy and competency.

So, how do you know you’re ready? One of the most accurate indicators I’ve found is my “Hathorn 360 Assessment.” It will give you actionable awareness of what’s holding you back from promotion, and why. I tailor it to the specific position you’re seeking. Then I call key decision makers and stakeholders, as well as your peers and team members, to find the reality of how you are currently perceived.

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Oh, and by the way – many of my clients love the way I do it with actual phone calls. It uncovers so much more, versus an online 360. Those impersonal methods just do quantitative comparisons to others. They don’t show what exactly is helping or hindering your leadership.

Next, I’ll create an anonymous and confidential report to review with you. Then we’ll get to work on specific changes that need to happen. Does it happen overnight? Of course not. You’ve got to work at it to earn it. But you will when we strategize your game plan to change what’s holding you back. Usually what’s missing is nuanced soft skills, the ones essential for higher levels of leadership.

We’re talking how to create a positive work culture, and communicate with inspiring influence. What opportunities are there to strengthen corporate DNA? These are complicated times, and you need a complex set of skills to navigate them. Where can your team innovate? Which presentation skills will you deploy to convince top decision makers?

Like Einstein said, you can’t find solutions to new problems by repeatedly applying the same old thinking.

Here’s feedback from those I’ve worked with this way:

“I had no idea that so many people perceived me this way, around my specific behavior.”

“I love hearing this helpful feedback, which I never get from my bosses, team leaders. or employees. Now I know exactly what I need to change to get promoted.”

“This revealed that stakeholders weren’t table pounders in support of me, and why. I now understand what I need to do to close the gap and gain more high-level visibility, to give them confidence that I’m ready to move to the next level and beyond.”

Once my clients begin to make these positive changes, others immediately notice. Their careers take off. Hundreds have gotten promoted, then moved to the next higher level within one or two years.

Ask Yourself:

  • How can I shine a light on what I don’t know, those blind spots that keep hindering my promotions?
  • Who do I need to convince that I’m prepared, and what specific evidence can I show them?
  • What ways will this self development enhance my ability to develop team members under my leadership?

Imagine what this kind of tool and process will enable you to discover and capitalize on in 2021.

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Sarah Hathorn
Sarah Hathorn, CEO of Hathorn Consulting Group, is the go-to-expert in working with leaders and companies to create successful corporate DNA. As an executive coach, consultant and speaker she collaborates globally with clients and brands such as Kimberly-Clark, Sherwin-Williams, Home Depot and other leading organizations.
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