Executive encounters are a great opportunity to demonstrate your skills. Gaining access to executives, especially the C-Suite, can be challenging. Their time is limited and they have a lot of demands on it. As an aspiring leader, there are ways to get more face time with executives and for you to be ready when the opportunities arises. Taking a few simple steps ahead of time will prepare you for when you chances comes.
One of the best ways to improve any business interaction is to assume positive intent, that is, give people the benefit of the doubt. Assuming positive intent makes it possible to have a productive conversation without defensiveness shutting it down. What’s more, assuming positive intent demonstrates your leadership qualities. You show that you are seeking solutions instead of someone to blame.
Employee training and continuing education are great for employees and even better for your business. Training benefits your business and gives you a competitive advantage. Paying for something that benefits the company and employees just makes sense.
Lifelong learning might be a cliché phrase, but that doesn’t change the fact that in today’s business world you must keep learning to remain relevant. Lifelong learning is about acquire new skills and open yourself up to new opportunities that will enhance your career, make you more valuable to your employer or future employers, and even improve your pay. Fortunately, there are so many options for continuing your learning there is really no excuse for not doing this.