Being ready to pivot

When you are in balance, you're always ready to shift and adapt.

This ability to be flexible is critical to successfully navigating leadership challenges.

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The opportunities you want don't always appear by themselves. Your boss will also not know what you want unless you tell them.

It is important to define what you want and then communicate it; otherwise, you risk getting stuck and limiting your opportunities for career growth.

Build a supportive community

We can't have it all and do it all by ourselves. Building a supportive community across work colleagues and your personal life creates a balance to enable you to handle challenges and do more.

Model behaviors that encourage balance, and talk openly about what balance looks like. It means spending extra effort to deliver on a deadline can be balanced with flexibility and personal time. It means balancing business growth with a focus on career growth for individuals. And, it means proving employees with the tools and permission to find their right balance.

People who are hesitant to pursue a new role or challenge should focus on building up a capacity for risk.

Start with small risks, such as volunteering to lead a meeting, giving a presentation, taking on an assignment that will stretch your abilities, or leading a team initiative. This will gradually build your confidence and capability essential for career growth.

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  1. LinkedIn has over 660 million users across the globe. Meaning the platform is one of the top social networks today.
  2. LinkedIn has a potential to improve brand awareness, build your network, boost leads and conversions, increase revenue, and more.
  3. With new social networks sprouting up constantly, LinkedIn is a platform that often gets underutilized or put on the back burner.
  4. But the truth is, LinkedIn can be extremely powerful — especially when you're aware of all the platform's hidden features that don't get nearly as much attention as they deserve.

The Beginner's Guide to LinkedIn Marketing

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Where No Man Has Gone Before: Star Trek

In the late 80s, Patrick Stewart was the classy and dashing Captain Picard, the main character of the Star Trek series, which started in 1966, originally starring Captain Kirk (and Spock!). The idea of exploring strange new worlds in the galaxy, speeding at warp-speed in a beautiful ocean cruiser-like spaceship was too good to resist.

Captain Picard may be fictional, but he’s my mentor nonetheless. He was portrayed as having an introverted, intuitive, thinking, and judging (INTJ) type personality and his analytical problem-solving skills provide leadership lessons to us even now.

5 things Star Trek’s Captain Picard can teach you about leadership

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Desiring the role of a CEO

Many young professionals and MBA students desire to become a CEO. What stands out is the mindset to want to lead.

Many aspirants want to have an impact. They desire to make a real and tangible difference in the world. They see business as a vehicle for impact, and the role of a CEO as a destination for creating change.

Ask an Expert: How Do I Become a CEO?

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