How to Leverage a Crisis to Position Your Career for a Promotion

By Sunday Tollefson, MBA, PMP®

"Being president doesn't change who you are, it reveals who you are." - Michelle Obama, 2012 

Today we are going to dive into crisis leadership.  How does a crisis change leaders? Why does demonstrating leadership in a crisis set you apart from your peers?  This is important information you need to know to set yourself up for success in the future.  

As I write this, we are smack in the middle of a shelter-in-place order in many places including my own state. We have a pandemic on our hands. Almost every industry has been dramatically impacted thanks to the virus  

You may notice that there is a different style of leadership coming into play right now, in your business, in your company, in your residential community, your family, your government.  

You likely also see faces that are new to you, who are providing information and instructions to you and your peers, colleagues, or...

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How to Complete Your Career Zones Worksheet


By Sunday Tollefson, MBA, PMP® 

TIP: Start by printing this simple Career Zones one-pager

Scores of mid-career, high-performing women in corporate roles in 2019 shared the three categories they considered the primary factors in advancing their careers: skillset, mindset, and guide-set. 

If you're interesting in advancing your career today or ten years away, determine where you are in terms of your current career by thinking through the questions in the Career Zones Worksheet.

Why is it important to complete this page? Because stepping back and planning your career can no longer be an annual or semi-annual activity. Your daily thoughts, choices, behaviors, and actions are what create your brand and your influence.  

The action you can take today to improve your career is to document your present position for the three career zones. Depending on how much you want to think about this, it should be a ten to twenty minute activity. Aim for ten minutes.

What sets...

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