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  • Writer's pictureAmii Barnard-Bahn

Lead at Any Level: How to Build a More Inclusive Culture

Hosted by Amy Waninger, Founder of Lead at Any Level, Improving employee engagement and retention for organizations that promote from within.


In our latest episode of "Including You," we had the incredible Amii Barnard-Bahn join us to discuss the Promotability Index and how it can help you navigate your career path. 🌟


Amii highlighted the challenges many professionals face when it comes to being recognized and promoted within their organizations. From biases based on appearance to the struggle of finding a promoter for introverted individuals, she offered invaluable insights and strategies to overcome these hurdles. Here are three key takeaways from our conversation:


1️⃣ Find yourself a wing person: Having a trusted friend or mentor act as a promoter in meetings can make a significant impact on your visibility and advocacy. They can support and promote your ideas, referencing conversations outside of the meeting, ensuring your voice is heard.


2️⃣ Create a culture of fairness and equal opportunity: Organizations need to take a strategic approach to leverage all their talent. By implementing objective decision-making processes and policies in key areas like hiring, promotions, and pay, companies can avoid bias and ensure that everyone has a chance to thrive.


3️⃣ Continuous self-improvement is key: Amii emphasized the importance of radical self-reliance and gaining clarity on your strengths, weaknesses, and what is valued in your organization. Seeking feedback regularly, even outside of performance reviews, creates a psychologically safe space to learn and grow. Are you ready to take your career to the next level and master the art of promotability? Then tuning into this episode and exploring Amii's Promotability Index is a must! Remember, it's about progress, not perfection. 🚀


Let's break down barriers and create inclusive workplace cultures together! 💪✨


00:01:25 Fighting against status quo, law, HR, advocacy, coaching, lobbying, writing.

00:06:35 Importance of objective process and pay equity.

00:10:22 Five key elements for promotion: self awareness, external awareness, strategic thinking, thought leadership, and relationships with peers.

00:15:15 Remove subjectivity, improve executive presence: presentation, communication, voice of reason.

00:19:35 Get a wing person for support and credibility.

00:21:25 Take responsibility for your own success.

00:26:11 Promotability index: freely access and track progress.

00:27:56 Guidebook and promotability index for mobile users.


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