Life doesn’t quite work like school.
I was watching a funny reel on insta by @renny.vonne about how Black parents would warn you off dating until you are in your 30s and suddenly they are asking when you are getting married and the desperation moves to at least have a child so they can have a grandchild. 😂
Life’s rules change at each stage of your life, if you are lucky someone tells you and if you are even luckier you are able to receive it.
One of the reasons why there are so many unemployed graduates while there are so many vacancies, is that the rules of getting to the next level at school and most often at university are not the same rules that will get you a job, or that will get you your first management position.
Someone said that you don’t get a job, you win a job. Unlike school where you are given the same tools and same lessons. All you have to do is apply yourself and you move to the next level, your career doesn’t work like that. The rules are different. The ‘how’ is everywhere, this is the Information Age. You just need to be ready for the answer.
The rules that got you into your first leadership position are not the same that will make you succeed in it nor are they the same that will get you to top level leadership and have you succeed in that role nor are they the same rules to succeed in an entrepreneurship role.
Just as an example, I don’t know if you’ve worked for a leader who has not transformed from an effective follower to an effective leader. They ask for permission even in places where they have the power, and it is frustrating. Or leaders who insist on micromanaging because they are so used to being the worker and have not learnt how to manage talent.
Have you updated your rule book for this stage of your life?
Are you a Black Woman in the Workplace who feels called to the next level of leadership, income and impact?
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