C-Suite Executives in the Workplace

Everything about workplaces from just five years ago to now is shifting. As a C-Suite Executive, losing relevancy is a scary and very real prospect. New share-economy business models like Uber and AirBnB are disrupting many traditional sectors. Innovations in technology are happening at the blink of an eye. Even management and HR practices are changing – the latest obsessions involving job perks, managing telecommuters, and engaging diverse teams in a global economy.

There is so much to track. Luckily, the best way to contribute to your business’ bottom line and ensure C-Suite survival is to be yourself. Ok, you’re right…there’s more to it than that. You need to be the best version of yourself; after all, your uniqueness is your best selling proposition.

Tactics you can implement now for Workplace Relevance

5 tactics to lead with purpose

1. Embrace your inner team player

Dictating to your team will result in sluggish pace and low morale. Instead of micromanaging, involve your team in planning goals. Explain the “why” for objectives and implement a system for regularly checking in to bring valuable resources to the table. Whether you choose to run a weekly chat session or use a project management system, an engaged team is an excellent indicator of a high-performing leader.

2. Give your brain a boost

Lifelong learners are sharp and up to date! Become an overachiever when it comes to self-education. Ask your employer if they will cover formal training that covers emerging hot topics in your industry. You can also try free open source classes offered on websites like Coursera and Skillshare.

3. Sweat some small stuff

Do you know five non-work related things about influencers or employees at your workplace? People might not always remember what you said or did, but they will always remember how you made them feel. With tasks piling up on your plate, it can be easy to overlook simple things like special milestones and birthdays, but being mindful of the little things can have a big payoff.

4. Share your brilliance

Great leaders know that the more they give, the more they receive. Volunteer to speak at your next company conference, join industry boards, and perfect your senior leader brand to open up more avenues to give back and establish your expertise.

5. Take care of yourself

When you look and feel good, people take notice. Cut processed foods out of your diet and move more, even if it means stretching during a coffee break. Identify what it is that recharges your batteries, whether it is outdoor meditation or creative writing, and schedule time for that activity.

Feel like you’re putting your best foot forward yet still missing the mark? Check out my latest project, “Hangin Round the Barrel: How to Get Paid What You’re Worth and Be Worth What You’re Paid” or refer to individualized coaching services for one-on-one performance enhancement.

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Art Jackson, Professional Speaker, Executive Coach

Art Jackson

Art Jackson is a professional speaker and executive coach. He is a recognized expert in the areas of leadership, performance improvement and interpersonal skills.

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