Did you check out Lauren Conrad’s blog last week? No? Well she’s posted some more great material that we would love to share with you. Roseanne Barr once said, “The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it,” and Conrad’s latest article talks about how women can take the power at work.
Below are some tips for successful women to utilize and develop.
1. Make Check Lists
Multitasking is so important, especially with technology offering us instant access to one another. Your boss sends you an email, and they expect a reply instantly, and the task they sent to follow soon after. Making check lists may seem trivial or mundane, but it allows you to stop things from falling through the cracks while also prioritizing. The LC Team suggests two lists: one for that day, and one for that week, separating urgent matters from longer-term.
2. Oreo Cookie It
Any job will require giving someone feedback, and it should be no surprise that cushioning criticism with positive statements will foster good, trusting relationships in the long run. Also, giving someone a constructive criticism, surrounded by two compliments, is said to make the message even clearer, so you know your request isn’t falling on deaf ears.
3. Manners Matter
“No one displays the success of on-point office manners better than Lauren herself,” the LC Team says about Lauren Conrad. It’s important to uphold yourself with a manner of grace, kindness, and thoughtfulness in every situation, even if you think standing around the water cooler is not a require professional location. Always say please and thank you, and people will always see you as respectable and appreciative.
4. Exercise the two Ps
Be prompt and proactive. Again, technology opens up a lot of channels for communication, so staying on top of your work is more important than ever. Returning completed work quickly and neatly shows your competence for the job. Being proactive shows your long-term thought and your investment to the project.
5. Bite your Lip
“It’s okay to be wrong (even if you’re right)…” Fostering relationships is a big part of today’s business world. Be confident in yourself, but also choose your battles, especially when dealing with a superior. Remember: Manners Matter.
6. Walk it Out
Take sometimes each day (the LC Team suggests two 10-minute breaks) to take a walk around the block. The sunshine and fresh air will help clear your head, and it’s always a good idea to get a little exercise.
7. Lean In
When you talk to others, leaning in shows interest and confidence. It’s always important to listen to others actively. It goes along with keeping up with good manners, as well as staying on top of your industry.
8. Dress for Success
We’re told to dress for the job you want, not just the job you have. Hopefully, the two are the same, but if they’re not, dressing professionally helps others take you seriously. You want to be seen as a professional as well as an authority.
9. Stay on Top of Your Industry
“Read, read, read!” Again, you want to be an authority in your office. No, not an authoritarian, but an authority. When you say something, you want people to believe you, so make sure what you’re saying is true, relevant information. Doing so will allow you to participate in more important discussions and open a lot of doors relationship-wise.
10: Make Time for Yourself
You can check out some of our other blog posts for recipes and workout regimens and things to keep yourself healthy and happy. It’s important to take some time for yourself because the way you feel directly affects your work, especially those relationships we keep talking about are so important.
You can read the full article from the LC Team here.