Start the program declaring a specific outcome you want for the Program (e.g., A Promotion; Successful project; Expanded responsibility),and learn strategies to create the perception that is needed of you in the minds of decision makers to achieve that goal. One of these strategies may be an inspiring ‘Bold Goal’ to make you visible and trusted by the right decision makers.
Be intentional and create a strategic action plan to achieve your goal.
Get approval and buy-in for your ideas. Be that person who sounds eloquent and lights up the room with her ideas. Inspire others to action. Be invited to have a seat at the table across the organization.
Get a “Yes” the first time you ask and overcome resistance by developing X-Ray vision into needs of decision makers so you
Make a stakeholder map and Customize your “Ask” to each decision maker
Become a visible and Respected Thought Leader, Go To Expert, or Change Agent
Display an enterprise-wide mentality to achieve broad-based influence
Communicate concisely so people immediately ‘get’ your ideas
Articulate powerfully (even when thinking on your feet)
Own your Value. Stop needing other’s validation to know your worth. End playing small and step up into the most confident version of yourself.
Free yourself of self doubt, second guessing, hesitation, and fear of others’ judgments so you have confidence to take bold action and ask for next level opportunities.
Have a strong opinion without ‘coming on too strong’.
Communicate confidently to big groups/senior leaders.
Lift up from perfectionism to be a Strategic Leader.
Speak up or pushback even when intimidated or worried.
Communicate with confidence even if you don’t know all the answers.
Fearlessly offer bold ideas and take risks.
Trust yourself to make decisions without angst.
Source confidence from within rather than worry how others will perceive you.
Cultivate relationships with senior level leaders so they can sponsor you and support your next level advancement.
Find and ask for a sponsor.
Network to get known and trusted by people who will help your career (both internally and externally).
Articulate your strengths so your Manager will see how they align with organizational needs.
Know how to show an ‘enterprise wide’ mentality so you are already seen as a leader.
Position yourself as a ‘go to’ Expert.
Stay emotionally in control by being fact based and objective. Turn ‘heat of the moment’ reactions where you used to feel disrespected or frustrated into actions that make others look to you as a leader. Have tools to find calm, stay present, and have ‘big ideas’ even during crazy busy days.
Stay poised and fact-based instead of reacting or being defensive.
Stay calm and detach from difficult or intimidating people.
Be alert and energized when you want it; calm and present when you need it.
Get out of the ‘weeds’ of your task list and act strategic.
Get coached to achieve your Goal for the Program, script your ‘messaging’ to increase Influence, and position yourself for next opportunities. Be accountable for your progress. You will be inspired by and learn from confidential peer mentoring by other high achieving emerging leaders.
Calls are scheduled to accommodate your schedule.
Kick off your week with a lightening round in which you celebrate accomplishments from the prior week and set an intention for the upcoming week. These calls are energizing and inspiring.
Sharon Melnick, Ph.D. is a global authority on the advancement and retention of female talent. Her practical tools are informed by 10 years of research at Harvard Medical School and field tested by over 22,000 training participants.
With a team of multicultural coaches, her virtual coaching programs have a strong track record supporting white women, African-American, Asian, and Latinas to expand responsibility, gain promotion, and achieve significant recognition for increasing bottom line impact to the organization
An internationally sought after speaker, she has presented at over 100 women’s leadership conferences (she has even presented at the White House). Her presentations on Resilience, Confidence, and Influence are hailed as “the most valuable part of our women’s leadership programs”, including from client organizations such as Eli Lilly, Genentech, Procter and Gamble, Celgene, MetLife, NY Life, Novartis, GE, Sodexo, Merck, OmniCom, Morgan Stanley, Freddie Mac, and many others.
She is the author of the bestselling books Confidence when it Counts: Rise Above Self-Criticism and Bias to Make your Mark and Success under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive when the Pressure’s On, and currently writing her third titled From Pigeon Holed to Promoted. She is the CEO of Horizon Point Inc., an international coaching and training firm, and a certified diverse supplier.
Horizon Point Inc. consistently receives highest ratings and 100% repeat invites for their corporate training and coaching. Clients include:
I've expanded my role, am more fulfilled, and am helping to shape the way our company transforms for the future. Sharon Melnick is phenomenal at what she does. I highly recommend this program.
Its the best thing I've done for my career in 10 years. After being stuck in my role for years, I successfully influenced to get a promotion within 10 weeks
I didn't get a Director position 5 months ago because I was told not strategic enough. Then I started this program and followed your advice. Today I went into a meeting prepared to ask my Manager what it will take to get a next level role, but I didn't even have to! She started the meeting saying how proud she is that I've been showing up as a Strategic Leader with Executive Presence, and that she already sent a note to the new head of the department saying that my promotion needs to happen NOW even if its off-cycle.
After I was ready to leave out of frustration, I’m having more impact than I ever imagined. Leaders in the organization I could never reach are asking ME for my ideas. Its mind boggling the way male colleagues and senior leaders just switched their mindset to now support me. I am now leading initiatives. I have to 'do much less' to be 'recognized much more' for what I deliver.
Using the roadmap enabled me to achieve my long term career goal much faster – I was offered a senior leader role in the organization. This was more than I thought possible and it was easier than I anticipated
This program is awesome. Senior leaders tell me they see me showing up differently and now I am leading high visibility projects. It's totally worth the investment.
I got a next level role and a raise, now I am leading the function. I never could have done it without the guidance in this program.
You can apply the tools Dr. Melnick provides right away. In an influencing situation that was crucial to my career I had been getting a “No” … I used the tools and right away I got a “Yes”! Now I am moving the important work forward and my manager approached ME about a promotion!”
I got a promotion, and both a raise and a bonus! Now I think strategically, I choose the projects I want, AND my leadership supports me. Dr. Sharon Melnick is a Godsend. I made more progress in my self development and career progression in these few months than I had in years.
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If after having participated fully and in good faith in the program and demonstrating that you have applied at least one skill from each of the modules and advisement on the coaching calls , and by the end of the program do not either a) feel substantially equipped with tools to be effective in your current role or position yourself for a next opportunity, or b) know how to make significant progress towards your clearly stated Bold Goal, I will refund your fee for the coaching. Program fees are otherwise non-refundable.