Many women work for small businesses then attempt to move into a corporate position. The transition is easiest for those who master certain unspoken rules of the game. The six most important rules are:Respect

1. Pay attention to titles. Fairly or not, corporate colleagues judge each other’s importance to the organization based on titles.

2. Know the job’s responsibilities now. Before accepting a corporate position, it is critical to understand exactly what the job involves and how success will be measured.

3. Know what you want next. It can be helpful to develop a personal career development plan, and then seek opportunities aligned with it.

4. Watch your image. In the corporate world, appearances and personal image matter a great deal.

5. Keep the confidential “confidential.” Discretion is highly valued in large companies, and the ability to control information is key to earning trust.

6. Have patience with the process. It is important to respect the protocols of the organization — even if they do not immediately make sense.

In addition to knowing the best ways to behave, corporate women also need to know what behaviors to avoid. These include:

*Making stupid excuses. No one has sympathy for work victims. Anyone who needs answers should ask questions, not wait until a project is overdue and then blame it on lack of information.

*Missing deadlines. Getting work done on time is fundamental to earning respect.

*Poor meeting preparation. Colleagues do not appreciate when documents are delivered at the last minute.

*Being tit-for-tat on time and money. It is not helpful to think in terms of what the company should pay back, but rather be willing to let small expenses or time overages go.

*Unresponsiveness. It is rude to ignore emails or phone calls.

*Being the center of one’s own jokes. Self-deprecating humor reinforces negative perceptions.

*Missing the small stuff. Even in a big organization, small details matter.

New grads face distinctive challenges. In particular, they must prove themselves on two key dimensions:

1. Communication. Studies show that up to 93 percent of communication is nonverbal. This means that overreliance on email or other online media is a major mistake for young professionals who need to forge effective connections with other people.

2. Critical thinking and problem solving. Getting information or answers fast — for example, from Google — is no substitute for generating original ideas and critically assessing situations. Bosses are impressed by creativity and hard work, not by regurgitation.

Additionally, a new grad must demonstrate a strong work ethic. Managers will expect her to put in the time and display the commitment necessary to succeed in her field.


About anubhamauryawalia

Anubha, a Trainer, Facilitator & OD&L Professional is a prolific Human Process Interventionist, created PRISM Philosophy, ( Prepare. Respect. Implement. Share. Maintain) carries 18 years of rich experience have worked with top of the line blue chip organizations like Honeywell, ICICI Bank, Moody ICL Certification were she was heading ODL, Trainings & Quality verticals. Her areas of expertise include human process intervention, Organisation Development, Change engagement Learning, Team building, POSH and Quality implementation. She is Consultant as Change Engagement & Learning for OD and delivers corporate training programs at national and international platform and First lady from India doing research on FOLLOWERSHIP. She is the Self-Discipline Strategist who relates profound truths coupled with humorous anecdotes empowering professionals to conquer their apprehension. Her work involves direct observation, real time feedback, experiential learning and coaching following Andragogy principles. Self-directed and self-motivated, Charismatic and persuasive, with the ability to rely on logic and facts to support her positions. In times of pressure, tend to be objective in her approach and direct in her communication. Naturally, optimistic, you seek out the possibilities in life. Her creativity and ability to solve problems are some of her greatest strengths. This paired with drive, vision, and methodical approach allows her to create new opportunities, keeping her experiences fresh and exciting. Preferring to develop new ideas rather than maintaining systems already in place. Bold person, whose character is marked by originality, expressiveness, generosity, determination, and a keen eye for details Natural born communicator and an adept social navigator, often others will sit by, engage new people or invite others in to make them feel at home. With a talent for creative reasoning and big picture thinking, she is a great innovator and are typically seen this way by others. Her energy and forward thinking can generate a team-oriented environment, helping to accomplish goals by motivating others, while creating an atmosphere that is fun and exciting.

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