As a huge Sheryl Sandberg fan, after reading her iconic book Lean In in January 2014, I have tried to be mindful of those times when I do not “lean in.” For those of you who have not read her book (and you must), through major research and her own career, Sandberg believes women do not “lean in” to opportunities in their careers for a variety of reasons. Many of these reasons we do have control over.
Last week I met informally with my company’s female CEO. I noted multiple times during our conversation that I was not “leaning in.” See below.
Lean In Violation 1: Not accepting credit for a job well done.
She praised my work over my last year as manager. The morale at my location is at an all-time high, our revenue is up and client feedback is exceptionally positive. Even prior managers of the same location, were impressed with my leadership. While I may have had hand in some of these accomplishment, all I could think about was blaming others for my success and finding the imperfections. Well it could not have possibly been me? Continue reading There’s More Room at the Table: Time to Lean In More
There have been many changes and challenges over the last few weeks at my clinic. Possibly the most important one is that after 22 years my clinic supervisor and partner in crime decided to pursue a different veterinary opportunity. He was loved by the team and extremely knowledgeable and helpful. His decision came as a shock to the staff, doctors, and the entire company.
When he told me, I was speechless. I kept wondering if I can lead this team on my own. Who will make the schedule, helped monitor controlled drugs, and the list went on.
We were also due for a quarterly team meeting. I decided to have the meeting without him, leading our clinic all by myself.
Of course, my manager wanted to observe the meeting and then meet with me. Nervous and frazzled, as I am before every team meeting (no matter how much I prepare), the meeting was a success. Multiple people noted the dynamic change in staff morale and enthusiasm. Employee engagement and clinic pride is at an all time high. I feel liked, trusted, and respected. After the meeting some of the staff mentioned what a nice meeting it was, even without my cohort, their chief, as he was nicknamed.
I stopped dead in my tracks and wondered how did I accomplish this? Continue reading My First Veterinary Management Year: A Retrospective