How to Thrive in the Workplace

Earlier this month at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women, Carla Harris, Vice Chairman of Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley, gave an emotionally charged keynote on how to thrive in the workplace. Although traditional career success can often seem one dimensional, like keep your personal matters outside of work. Carla broke that mold with her multi-faceted approach to career success and personal leadership of authenticity and empowerment.  

Here are some highlights from her talk.

Thrive in the WorkplaceThrive in the Workplace, Carla Harris

“A Letter to my 25 year old Self.”
Dear Carla . . .

Own your power.  

You need to know that you are uniquely and wonderfully made.  It is your authenticity and honesty, that will gravitate people towards you. Authenticity is at the heart of your power, and at the heart of powerful leadership.  If you consider yourself a leader, you have a responsibility to speak.  Don’t waste it and be silent.  Give your power away, empower others, and you will magnify your impact.

Be comfortable taking risks.

Leaders must be comfortable taking risks.  Fear has no place in your success equation. If you’re not sure about trying something, always default to try.  Take a risk and if it doesn’t workout, move on.  Failure always brings you a gift, and that gift is experience.  Mistakes are either a blessing or lesson.  Which one is it at this moment?

Use your network and expect success.

If you want to maximize your success, you must use your network.   There’s an old saying, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”  You are responsible for your own career.  Leaders invest in relationships.  Seek a mentor and be fully invested in the relationship.  Never let your last job be the anchor of your new job.  If you expect success, you will succeed.

This is real life.

Life is a journey and its runway is long. Put your foot on the gas and always play for yes. Do not fall prey to the imposter syndrome. Know that you have all the goods for your success.  Because in the end, this ain’t no dress rehearsal.  Go for it!

Now it’s your turn.  

If you would like guidance on how to thrive in the workplace or other career questions, call me for a free 30-minute coaching session.  


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  • Beth Margerison / October 28, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Very empowering. Changing your mindset and taking action will definitely help to take ownership of the direction you will be going in your career. Excellent!!

    • Peg Calvario / October 29, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks Beth. Isn’t it amazing how the smallest shifts in attitude, perspective, and action can yield positive results.

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