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Are you tapping the talent of mid-level women managers?
I have been working closely with mid-level women managers for over two years now, and I’m convinced that many (maybe most) organizations are not tapping the power of the amazing talent that is leading from the middle.
These managers have limited position power and must rely heavily on influence to communicate up and get important things done with their teams.
The women who participate in the Women Managers Cohort programs often express a desire to contribute at a higher level so they can have a bigger impact.
As I’ve checked out my observations with executives in my network, I often hear things like:
“We know we have talented women managers, but we haven’t focused on developing our mid-level talent.”
As you know, these mid-level leaders are vital to the success of change initiatives and the implementation of key strategies.
They have critical information about what is happening and what needs to happen to move change forward.
They are eager to learn and grow.
Due to their positions in the middle of their organizations, they often struggle with feelings of overwhelm and challenges with work-life balance. Many of them stepped into their mid-level manager roles with little or no leadership training.
If you are a manager of mid-level managers ask yourself:
Having regular career/development conversations can help you keep key talent engaged with your organization, help them contribute in a bigger way and be less likely to say yes when a recruiter reaches out.
If you’d like to chat more about this topic or how I can help you with developing your mid-level managers, I’d love to hear from you! Email me, text me at 612-598-6614, or schedule directly here.
There are 2 open spots in the current Executive Women’s Roundtable for Director and VP women leading change. If you're interested, schedule a time on my calendar ASAP to learn more. These spots fill up quickly!
Reminder: The next round of Women Manager Leadership Cohorts start in early August. Registration is now open!
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Rita Webster, Ph.D.
The Executive Coach for Women Leaders
For many people, especially women, negotiating is something they don’t feel comfortable doing.
When I talk about negotiating either in a training session or a coaching session I often hear:
The exact opposite is true! When you negotiate, your level of respect actually goes up and you are held in higher regard.
I was talking with a woman who recently took on a new role and she was lamenting the fact that she didn’t negotiate for a higher salary and a better job title.
We talked about the fact that yes, the best time to negotiate salary and job title is when you get the offer, but she can still find a way to negotiate now that she is in the role. It may take a bit longer and she’ll need to use a different approach, but it’s still possible to get what she wants. As I shared with her, the first step in negotiating is getting clear on what it is you want.
The Negotiation Process - 5 Steps To Prepare
1. Be Clear On What You Want
The Process In Action: I got a call from a client who received a job offer. She wanted to negotiate for a higher salary and a signing bonus but wasn’t sure how much to ask for. We walked through her reasons and the facts. Then she got clear on the numbers and how she wanted to communicate what she wanted to the hiring manager. This morning I received an email saying she got everything she asked for.
When you are negotiating, it helps to have a couple of people familiar with your situation that you can reach out to. They are one step removed from the negotiations and can offer objective perspectives as well as help refine how you communicate your ask. They can do a lot to boost your confidence!
Bottom line, when you don’t negotiate you leave valuable resources on the table.
As women, we are more likely to live longer, take time off to care for a family member, and often start from a lower salary offer than men do. So, it is absolutely important that we negotiate!
For more ideas and to build your confidence in negotiating take a look at the resources under "Get Inspired" below!
If you want help negotiating a job offer, a raise, or a promotion, reach out. I’m here to help.
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If you are a mid-level woman manager eager to learn and grow or you have women leaders on your team who have untapped potential - this is for YOU! Women who participate increase their confidence, realize they are not alone, and gain clarity around the next level of contribution they’d like to make.
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Thank You! to the following companies that have women leaders enrolled in current WiseLeader programming:
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Rita Webster, Ph.D.
The Executive Coach for Women Leaders
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