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The driver’s seat is mine.  I claim it.  I am responsible for my career.  I am responsible for the outcomes.  No one else.

Our featured guest today is Simone Morris.

Simone Morris is CEO of Simone Morris Enterprises LLC, a thought leader in diversity and inclusion, specializing in directing organizations to leverage inclusion as a core strategy for competitive advantage as well as providing coaching to empower women to get in the driver’s seat for their careers.  The firm is also a certified minority and women owned business. The company was founded in 2015 and is based in Norwalk, CT.

Ms. Morris has a background that includes over two decades in Corporate America spanning information technology, commercial strategy and human resources. She has been recognized for her exceptional leadership skills and holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut. She is a certified coach as well as a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). She is also an adjunct faculty member for the American Management Association. Her key strengths include strategy, leadership, training and project management. She is skilled in creating and delivering training for and to adult learners. She is a member of the Association for Talent Development.

Simone’s thought leadership can be found on various platforms (Glassdoor, Leadercast, Smart-Recruiters, Social-hire, and BambooHR) and she is also the author of The Power of Owning Your Career: Winning Strategies, Tools and Tips for Creating Your Desired Career and Achievement Unlocked: Strategies to Set Goals and Manifest Them.

KEY POINTS FROM SIMONE:

  • I am grateful for my daughter who is going  to be four in two weeks. I am amazingly grateful to be a mother.
  • I got into coaching through the experience of finding myself and my next chapter of what’s next.
  • It’s important to be in the driver’s seat of your career.
  • For a very long time I had a hands-off approach to my career, allowing others to dictate what was best for me.
  • I found myself tweaking and tweaking to fit the company’s objectives and more and more of me was coming out of the equation as I tweaked to be accepted.
  • I was unhappy.  I was getting paid a lot of money. I had access to wonderful brands and access to events, but I didn’t feel that was my purpose.  I didn’t feel fulfilled. 
  • It’s very scary to step away from certainty and step out on faith into risk.
  • The driver’s seat is mine.  I claim it.  I am responsible for my career.  I am responsible for the outcomes.  No one else.
  • So what is it that Simone wants to do? Let me get in the driver’s seat and start steering  towards what I really want.
  • @simonemorrisent says, Stop the blame game of “it’s somebody else why I am not happy about my career.”
  • Assume this position:  “I am in the driver’s seat.  This is happening to me, and what am I going to do about it?”
  • What is your plan, and who are the players you need on your success team to get there?
  • When people saw me they saw the organization that I worked for, but I had to find me and my brand.  Who is Simone?  Who does she represent?
  • I was afraid of networking. I thought that I could get ahead just by doing my job.
  • I said no to social opportunities, sat at my desk and did my job but things were happening at the social events.
  • As an entrepreneur, you have to learn business development and how to market your brand.
  • Want to form your success squad?  Be clear about who is on your  team, who you need to set you up for success, and be intentional about it.
  • A master mind can help you to elevate your game and see business differently.
  • Being in the space of other successful leaders, will help you to push yourself and elevate your thinking.
  • “Whatever Happens, You can  handle it,” Susan Jeffers
  • A sponsor is a champion and advocate for you, someone who is speaking on your behalf when you’re not in the room, someone who is creating opportunities and access points for you.
  • Say to yourself, “My career is my responsibility!”  Affirm to yourself that you deserve to be in the driver’s seat.  Once you claim it and you affirm it, then you can take consistent action to make it a reality!

 

THIS EPISODE WAS SPONSORED BY:

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Join, support and invest in this movement to help improve the life outcomes of our black men and boys.

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