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What We Wish We Could Tell You: Directors Uncensored Presented by: Paula Luff – DePaul University Lori Vedder – University of Michigan-Flint. Overview. Who can benefit from this session Basics Rules of the game Unwritten rules Politics Top 10 lists

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What We Wish We Could Tell You: Directors Uncensored

Presented by:

Paula Luff – DePaul University

Lori Vedder – University of Michigan-Flint

overview
Overview
  • Who can benefit from this session
  • Basics
  • Rules of the game
  • Unwritten rules
  • Politics
  • Top 10 lists
  • Other tidbits and suggestions
  • How bad do you want it?
who is this session for
Who is this session for?
  • New Professionals
  • Veteran professionals looking to move beyond clerical roles, or who are ‘stuck’
  • Professionals who want to assume a leadership position, or move up in their organization
  • Anyone interested in hearing Paula and Lori talk!
the basics
The Basics
  • Follow the written rules
    • Dress code, office policies, etc.
  • Build a knowledge base
    • Learn as much as possible, be resourceful
    • Stretch beyond your ‘role’
  • Be a reliable, dedicated employee
    • Illustrates that you can be a reliable, dedicated supervisor or boss
do you know
Do you know…
  • Your own strengths and weaknesses?
  • What you want, how far you want to go?
  • What is important to your boss?
  • How your job fits into the overall goal/workings of the office?
  • What is important to your organization?
  • How your office fits into the larger organization?
  • What you don’t know?
rules of the game
Rules of the Game
  • Written (it’s a given)
    • Office and institutional policy and procedures
    • Any guidelines provided in staff meetings or elsewhere (such as minimum dress code, vacation policies, etc.)
  • Unwritten
    • More important than you think
    • Examples…
unwritten rules
Unwritten \'Rules’
  • We shouldn’t have to say it, but…
    • Show up on time and do your job
  • Dress code
    • What is your boss wearing?
    • What are their pet peeves?
  • Communication tips
    • Answer e-mail and return calls promptly
    • Monitor your tone
    • Don’t get too comfortable!
unwritten rules cont
Unwritten ‘Rules’ cont.
  • Meeting etiquette
    • Arrive on time
    • Be prepared – bring paper and pen
    • Be attentive (no checking blackberry or smart phone)
    • Send agenda items ahead of time
    • PARTICIPATE
    • Don’t bring food, drinks, etc. to a meeting where no one else is eating, drinking
    • Know when to go ‘off-line’
politics
Politics
  • Every office has a political aspect
  • It’s not all bad
  • Know who has the power
  • Understand how and why things get done in your office and organization
  • Realize that moving up, means more politics
top 10 career killers
Top 10 Career Killers

10. Complaining and whining (on or off-line) – saying or implying – “That’s not my job.”

9. Expecting and/or requesting ‘exceptions’

8. Ignoring suggestions, not being open to honest feedback

7. Discussing compensation, performance reviews w/coworkers

6. Being a maverick

career killers cont
Career Killers – cont.

5. Failure to follow through

4. Inability to grasp larger picture

3. Resisting change and new directions

2. Ignoring the chain of command - going over our heads

1. Allowing us to be blindsided

top 10 career builders
Top 10 Career Builders
  • Developing a plan for your career path
  • Being reliable, showing up in all ways
  • Taking responsibility
  • Continuous learning

6. Being a team player

career builders cont
Career Builders – cont.
  • Understanding office priorities and acting accordingly
  • Innovative thinking
  • Showing initiative and energy- delivering more than expected
  • Sharing information

1. Knowing when to stay silent

other tidbits
Other Tidbits
  • Attitude matters as much, if not more than, aptitude
  • As responsibility increases
    • connection to individual tasks decreases
    • so delegation becomes more important
  • Everyone has someone to manage
      • Don’t think so? Try managing ‘up’
  • Yes, we have thought of that! (Usually.)
remember
Remember
  • Directors and supervisors talk to each other!
    • Be careful about seemingly idle chatter at conferences
    • If you are looking for a job, we probably know about it – better to enlist our help
    • Chances are we’ll seek an ‘informal’ reference – whether or not you list your prior boss on your reference sheet or not.
help yourself
Help Yourself
  • You are always building your reputation (or not) through:
    • Your daily dress, communication and work habits
    • Your conduct at meetings, trainings, conferences and workshops
    • Professional organization participation
    • E-mails you send (internally and on listserves)
    • Face book postings
how bad do you want it
How bad do you want it?

Enough to:

  • Pay your dues?
  • Further your education (formal and/or informal)?
  • Sacrifice weekends, evening, free time?
  • Change offices? Organizations? Regions (move out of state)?
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