Rosann Santos, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
March 25, 2019
Promotions are not just functions of ability, values or the numbers you hit, but also rest critically on how you are perceived. –Dr. Sylvia Ann Hewlett
What are people saying about you when you’re not in the room?
Unless your supervisor is sharing things like this with you, then you probably don’t know. Being snubbed for interviews, promotions or even committee memberships may be a sign that you need to do some work around your reputation.Successful people start with themselves. For the most part you cannot control what colleagues or company heads say about you. But you can control the circumstances that create your reputation.
It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently. -Warren Buffett
If you believe you are not highly regarded, you need to consider remedying the pain points that may be causing those sentiments. Taking an honest look in the mirror and a deep dive into what you have to offer will get you where you want to go. Do you care? If the answer is yes, then understanding what it takes to be successful is your next step.
The successful person will:
The problem is straightforward: Without feedback there can be no transformative change. –Brené Brown
One genuine new relationship is worth a fistful of business cards. –Susan Cain
I have taken all four of the assessments I mentioned above. And there is a consistent theme to my strengths and personality. My number one strength is woo (winning others over). I am an off-the-charts extrovert according to Meyers Briggs and I was referred to as a master networker in my 360 assessment. I use these skills to move forward in my higher education career and in helping the people I coach. I work to strengthen these skills because I am passionate about what they do to enhance my relationships - for everyone's benefit.
When you put all of these practices together, there is no doubt that what is said about you when you are not in the room will be positive and beneficial to your future. You won’t have to find a sponsor because you will have one (or two) who want to see you grow. Whether you know who they are or not won’t matter because when you’re not in the room they will speak highly of you and your skills. And on the off chance that something unfavorable is said, they will also go to bat for you and defend you. You can't pay for that kind of support.
Born and raised in Bronx. NY to Dominican parents, Rosann always knew she had a purpose in life. She had a dream that both women and men could elevate their presence, be noticed, fulfilling their own unique dreams. With a compassionate soul and the deep burning desire to help others around her, she used her ability to noticate people through words and her hunger for knowledge to driver her closer and closer to that dream. She is now a career motivational keynote and among the best education keynote speakers for high school and college students. Currently serving as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Student Affairs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a City University of New York, and an adjunct faculty member in the Latin American Studies Department, Rosann has worked in higher education for nearly 20 years.
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