In advertising, it's the transition from managing the client to
managing the business.In construction, it's the transition from managing the project to
managing the business.In professional services firms it's the transition from delivering client services to
advancing the business by revenue generation.In your company, it is likely the transition from managing managers to
running a business.
For much of the past 40 years, advice to women has centered on guidance for getting from career-start to being successful in the middle. Advice such as:
- Get a mentor.
- Speak up!
- Do a better job at self-promotion.
- Engage your team.
- Hone your interpersonal skills.
In a November 2017 interview Geisha Williams of PG&E, the first Latina F500 CEO, spoke about career success, being a powerful woman, and mentoring. And what she says is her secret to her success is right in line with Leading Women's career advice:
"...understanding the business and really going into the hard core aspects of the business... the operations. I've had mentors tell me... you've got to get a little dirt under your fingernails. You really do have to understand the essence of what your business is about."
- Hone your financial acumen.
- Learn the business of your business.
- Take key operational assignments.
- Enhance your ability to understand/set strategy and the role finances play.
- Take global assignments.
- Take assignments that put you close to strategy setting.
- Cultivate an influential external strategic network.