Welcome to the Weekly Wrap — a metronome for the rhythm of your working life. It’s been a great week.
The end of the week means that it’s time to pause and reflect on what you've done and what you've learned.
- What happened this week?
Tell it as a story. What is the narrative arc of your week?
- In what ways did you advance your career?
What were you working on professionally? Who is starting to see you in a new light?
- Who do you need to follow up with?
The Elements of Success
There is always an element of serendipity to success. You have to be in the right place at the right time when the right opportunity comes along. However, to be successful in the modern corporate world you need more than just luck. You have to get three things right:
- You have to do good work.
- You have to be doing the right work.
- You have to be visible.
Inside networking is critical in all three areas.
First “no man is an island.” This was never more true in the ever more complex world of the modern workplace. Building relationships across your organization helps you create a network of knowledge that will enhance the work that you do. There will be pockets of information, held by people, that you will need to be successful. Without them, your work would be, at most, mediocre. Knowing who to call and where to find information differentiates you and your team. It will make your best work possible. That is, building a web of relationships inside your organization is essential for doing good work.
Second, you will know who and what is important in the organization. Understanding what people are working on, their drivers, and their constraints, shapes both what you do now and in the future. This helps ensure that you are working on the right things — i.e. the things that the organization needs and values. That is, being well connected helps you do the right work.
Finally, you will be visible. People need know you, and know of you. This doesn’t just happen. It takes persistent and deliberate effort. Consider the entertainment industry: it's not uncommon for the marketing budget of a big Hollywood movie to at least as large as the production budget. It is not enough to make a great movie. People also need to know about it. So it is with our work: you must be visible.
On a personal note, being more visible is the one thing I wish I had learned much earlier in my career. In the early days I put all my effort into doing good work. I did not make enough investments in getting to know other people and understanding what they were working on. I remained invisible for far too long.
- Review my article on Inside Networking. It has the ins and outs of who to network with and what questions to ask.
- Pull up the company directory, or dig out the org chart, and start networking inside your company.
1. Diversity and Inclusion FTW!
I am happy to announce that I have teamed up with a collaborator — Rebekah Steele — in the field of Diversity and Inclusion. We delivered our second D&I Innovation Lab together this week and the results were stellar. Rebekah is a long-time friend and an emerging powerhouse in the next wave of diversity and inclusion.
This is not your father's D&I — where metrics on gender and race seem to dominate the conversation. We are helping smart organizations move beyond the classic metrics into dynamically solving business problems through the lens of diversity of inclusion. Diversity — and leveraging differences — play a key role in creating cohesive, high-performing leadership teams. And inclusion is at the essence of resonant, vibrant, and productive organizations.
I am very excited to add this work to my portfolio of speaking, coaching, and facilitation. Let me know if you are interested in exploring how a focus on diversity and inclusion can help unleash innovation and make your company a better place to work.
2. Thinking, Fast and Slow Online Book Club
It’s not to late to join our book club that is unraveling the invigorating insights of Daniel Kahneman in Thinking, Fast and Slow.We are currently discussing the introduction and will move into the first two chapters next week. You can easily catch up with us. See my blog post for details on what you need to do to join us.
American Airlines has stricter carry-on limits than United
If you show up at the gate for an American Airlines flight with a roller bag, a laptop bag, and a purse, American will strictly enforce their 2 bag limit and make you gate-check the roller bag. (This has never happened to me on United.) To teach you a lesson, American will send your bag on a separate flight.
At least, I think that’s how it works. ;-)
Have a great weekend. See you on Monday.