What can you do to show that you are still a rising star whatever your age? Try these:
- Every industry has trade journals/magazines/communities that focus on the latest innovations and developments. Read them and talk about them, at least once a week! Bring up some of these ideas in meetings. Be sure you mention your take on these to your boss and higher ups as well as your other colleagues. This way you get a reputation for being the ‘go to’ person for new and current trends
- Read an article each day on something innovative or a new trend developing in your industry.
- Several times a week quickly write down 5 innovative or interesting, progressive thoughts you have had drawn from the ideas in the articles. Doesn’t matter how crazy they seem, write them down anyway, you are training the brain to be more dynamic and creative. It is a muscle like any other and needs regular stretching to keep it bouncing!
- See how these thoughts could link or be adapted to your job, department, company
- Every week talk about ‘your’ new idea/vision, using the source as proof, or an example, of why your idea is valuable/dynamic/effective.
“Anna Cook is particularly passionate about mentoring women executives, and the 50+ sector, in finding clarity in their career choices to achieve freedom, fulfilment and leadership success. She created and became CEO of her first company in the entertainment industry at age 32. Midlife approaching, hungry for a dynamic change, she refocused her experience, founding WomenUP Ltd, a specialist consultancy focusing on the challenges of corporate gender balance strategy”. Creator of the process SCOPE for career fulfilment. Writer for FabAfterFifty, LivingBetter50, Axielles.
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