There are four key strategies to career advancement. They are:
- Professional and business savvy
- Accountability and support
- Clear goals and an actionable strategy
In order to get where you want to go, you have to be SASSy.
Since publishing my latest book, Leading On Purpose: The Black Woman’s Guide To Shattering The Glass Ceiling, I’ve had opportunities to speak to different groups about the ideas I share in the book. While there are norms everyone must follow in the workplace, there are also nuances to being a woman, a woman of color, and in my case, a Black Woman that many leadership books and courses do not highlight.
Preparing for the talks has helped me to organize my talking points, and I’ve been able to boil them down to a single development model that I call the SASSy Model, which has four primary components:
To position yourself for advancement, you must have business and professional savvy. This means being technically competent, knowledgeable about your organization and its stakeholders, the ability to interact with different stakeholders, and aware of your company’s culture and how to succeed within it.
My biggest goals were accomplished because I shared them with others. There are plenty of times I wanted to quit, but before I did, I had someone, like a coach or a colleague, to answer to. The greatest way to demonstrate your commitment to your goals is to tell someone else.
Although the bulk of the responsibility of development rests on you, no one succeeds alone. You must also have a sound support system that includes colleagues, mentors, sponsors, coaches, friends, and family. And this support system should not only be available to cheer you on but also to hold you accountable so you can be your best.
To achieve any goal, it’s essential to have a plan. Wanting to be a leader, wanting to buy a car, wanting to lose weight are all great aspirations; however, they’re not specific, measurable, and rooted in an actionable strategic plan. To develop and advance, you must first be clear about what you want and then write out a strategic blueprint to help you get there.
Following this model allows you to feel and be more in control of your career, building your confidence and keeping you engaged.