Jan 28, 2019
Have you ever had a conversation that had so many insights you
wanted to take notes? Then you will want to list to this interview
with Melanie Neal, a Vice President who is a creative problem
solver, inclusive leader, organizational innovator and customer
advocate. Melanie shares incredible wisdom that is not only
uplifting but actionable and will immediately impact your
11 Innovative Leadership Tips To Move
Your Career Forward
- Look for variety in the roles you take on at
work. Melanie shares how a willingness to learn and being
open to what an opportunity might present is the best way to be
seen as a versatile leader and gain transferable skills.
- Seize an opportunity and choose not to have all the
“Why would you want to go for a job where you didn’t have
the opportunity to learn something new or for professional
growth?” – Melanie Neal
- Timing doesn’t always work the way you think it
should. Be ready to adapt to external and internal
conditions and “push towards something that is better and bring
people along with you”.
- To be a good leader you must be willing to pause,
listen and understand a situation. Followed by being open,
transparent and proactive with communication to your team.
The worst thing that happens with change is no change at all and
people questioning-why do we still have this issue.
- When faced with a challenging situation be open minded
and prepared and ask “What does the data show us”. If you
are presenting to leadership or stakeholders have the data to back
up your recommendation.
- If a problem comes up, remember not to take it
personally. This takes practice and the more you can look
at a situation without “natural bias” the more prepared you will be
to see the full picture.
- The only constant is change. Ask yourself if
you are in a progressive company “Are there things I need to do to
adapt” and find a way to be a leader during times of change.
- Choose a word for 2019 and live it. For
Melanie, she chose relevance because of the importance to be
resilient and flexible ahead of time.
- Change how people see you by understanding your
company’s goals. Determine if you are aligned with those
goals and how can you contribute to achieving them.
- Be proactive to increase your visibility. Set
up weekly updates with your boss to demonstrate your contribution
and strategic thinking as it relates to the overall goals of your
- Embrace advice through mentorship. Both the
mentor and mentee have a lot to gain by working together. A
mentor can provide value to be there and support, push you out on
that limb and provide safety harness, I believe in you, I know you
can do it.
“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.” Mark
Consider being a Mentor-it is an opportunity to share, give back
and have a significant impact on someone’s career.
If you are looking to gain visibility with your marketing
program and want to get promoted reach out to me, I
love hearing from you!
Melanie’s Two Favorite Resources:
Women’s Leadership: The
Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association
Daily Leadership News: HBR Daily
As always, a big thanks to Christy Haussler and Team Podcast for editing this