Have you ever noticed that some professional women seem to get the best projects, clients, contracts and assignments, and their work is always in demand? Business women looking to move up must be constantly reinventing themselves, determining what skills they possess, acquiring those they need, and broadening their professional goals.
Human resource professionals agree that executives consider the following skills and attitudes among the most important in promoting professional growth:
Communicating Your Ideas and Intentions Orally
Most executives consider this the most valued skill. Your speaking ability either generates confidence or doubt about your work. Others only "see" what you’re able to communicate to them. In addition to relaying needed information, speaking skills are crucial because they prevent your work and its value from going unnoticed.
What you say is who you are.
Communicating Your Ideas and Intentions in Writing
If speaking is the most prized skill, writing runs a close second. Clear, concise and well-written documents have high impact and staying power. As listeners become bombarded with phone calls and face-to-face interruptions, written messages can be read, reviewed, verified and contemplated for later use.
Good writing means not only good content but also an appropriate style. The professional who can think clearly and logically and communicate that in written form is in high demand.
Knowing How to Access and Analyze Information and Resources
Keeping informed on facts and trends in your business is critical to career advancement. Today the question is not do you know X, but do you know how to find out about X. The real skill is in knowing how to access the latest information quickly, assess its usefulness logically and act on it promptly.
Professional women are racing down the information highway. If you’re not up to speed or commandeering the right vehicle, you’re likely to get run over. In this data age, facts drive the world.
Managing Resources Wisely
Whether it’s your time, money, energy, skills, paper files or staff, the business woman has to stay organized. Good organization depends on clear thinking, consistent decision-making and decisive action.
Mismanage your time and you lose business today and opportunities tomorrow. Mismanage your data (the total body of information doubles every seven years) and you become uninformed and obsolete. Mismanage your employees and you risk being inefficient and ineffective, if not losing your top performers to better run companies.
Managing your resources is managing your career.
Putting a Premium on People
While money and machines may move industry, it’s people who handle the money and machines that move industry. Whether you’re selling lemonade on the street corner or wheeling and dealing on Madison Avenue, you’ll find that business is a contact sport.
Knowing how to meet, relate to, develop, motivate and empower those with whom you work will determine where you fit in on the organizational food chain. Business may be getting bigger and more technical, but it will always remain personal.
Organizations have decided that they’re no longer paying for face time; they’re paying for results. As long as you are the business woman who has the requisite skills, attitudes and traits, you’ll not only land that prized position or client, but you’ll become an individual that your future boss or client can’t do without.
Written originally for w2wlink.com by Dianna Booher.
w2wlink.com Discussion and Thought Provoking Question from the Author: What do you think are your communication strengths?
MA, CSP, CPAE, works with organizations to increase their productivity and effectiveness through better oral, written, interpersonal, and cross-functional communication. She is a keynote speaker and prolific author of more than 40 books, including her latest, The Voice of Authority: 10 Communication Strategies Every Leader Needs to Know and Communicate with Confidence!® She has been on Good Morning America, CNN, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, NPR, CNBC, and Fox Family. Dianna is the CEO of Booher Consultants, Inc., a communications training firm based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex. www.booherconsultants.com .