2022 COMTO Emerging Leaders 4-Week Management Challenge

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Ready or Not? Preparing for Your Next Opportunity

 

2022 COMTO Emerging Leaders 4-Week Management Challenge

The past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have presented our industry with several challenges. Along with these challenges, a new set of opportunities has opened up giving us a new work landscape. While many of us are looking to take advantage of these new opportunities—how many of us are truly ready? This 4-week challenge geared towards ambitious, driven transportation professionals will allow you a chance to reflect and self-assess on your readiness for your next opportunity in a safe and supportive environment. Whether you are looking to make a change in your current organization, or venture into new territory—this challenge is for you!

What does the challenge involve?
  • Receive a new activity each week designed to help you develop your leadership competencies and prepare you for your next opportunity.
  • Engage and network with other like-minded career achievers via our LinkedIn Group.
  • Runs from January 18, 2022–February 18, 2022.
  • Self-paced and you can join at any time.
  • Take part in an interactive webinar to wrap up the challenge.
I am interested. How do I join?

Week 1

Hello Emerging Leaders and welcome to Week 1 of our 4-Week Management Challenge! This week’s activity is:

Read 6 Things to Know About the Future of Skills and Workplace Learning and, specifically, review LinkedIn Learning’s Top 10 List of Skills Needed for 2021. We are using this list for 2022 as well!

If you cannot access the article, the list is:

  1. Resilience and adaptability
  2. Technology skills/digital fluency
  3. Communication across remote or distributed teams
  4. Emotional intelligence
  5. Cross-functional collaboration
  6. Leading through change
  7. Change management
  8. Dealing with stress/being more mindful
  9. Time management
  10. Creativity

Complete the following activities and post your answers on the following questions to the LinkedIn Group:

  1. Think about this list as it applies to your industry and/or organization. Is it complete? Is there anything you’d add?
  2. Using a journal, write down skills 1-4, i.e., resilience and adaptability, technology skills/digital fluency, communication across remote or distributed teams, and emotional intelligence. (Remember these activities are meant to be completed in 30 minutes or less. We’ll tackle the rest of the list in the coming weeks.)
  3. Now, pretend you are up for a promotion and the reviewer asks, “Tell me about a time when you displayed this skill at work…” Does an example easily come to mind? If so, write it down. If not, take the next week to reflect on an example.
  4. Share with the LinkedIn community. Did an example come to mind easily for each of the first four skills? Where did you struggle to think of an example?
  5. Read the responses from others in the LinkedIn community. What suggestions can you offer to help others build skills in a specific area? Share your ideas and resources!

You have the entire week to complete this activity and engage with one another. Remember, the goal is to build our leadership competencies in a safe space with other like-minded individuals. Let’s support and encourage each other and offer assistance.

Week 2

Hello Emerging Leaders and welcome to Week 2 of our 4-Week Management Challenge!

As a refresher, we’re participating in a 4-week challenge to grow our leadership competencies to successfully advance in your industry. Each week’s activity should take less than 30 minutes to complete, and participants are encouraged to like, comment, suggest resources, etc. to help others in their development. If you missed Week 1, feel free to complete it as all activities are self-paced! Continue reading for this week’s activity.

Refer to skills 5-8 on LinkedIn Learning’s Top 10 List of Skills Needed for 2021. Remember, we are using this list for 2022 as well!

Complete the following activities and post your answers to the following questions to the LinkedIn Group:

  1. Return to your journal and write down skills 5-8, i.e., cross-functional collaboration, leading through change, change management, and dealing with stress/being more mindful.
  2. Again, pretend you are up for a promotion and the reviewer asks, “Tell me about a time when you displayed this skill at work…” Does an example easily come to mind? If so, write it down. If not, take the next week to reflect on an example.
  3. Share with the LinkedIn community. Did an example come to mind easily for skills 5-8 on the list? Where did you struggle to think of an example?
  4. Read the responses from others in the LinkedIn community. What suggestions can you offer to help others build skills in a specific area? Share your ideas and resources!

As a reminder, you have the entire week to complete this activity and engage with one another. Remember, the goal is to build our leadership competencies in a safe space with other like-minded individuals. Let’s support and encourage each other and offer assistance.

Week 3

Hello Emerging Leaders and welcome to Week 3 of our 4-Week Management Challenge!

As a refresher, we’re participating in a 4-week challenge to grow our leadership competencies to successfully advance in your industry. Each week’s activity should take less than 30 minutes to complete, and participants are encouraged to like, comment, suggest resources, share, etc. to help others in their development. If you missed Weeks 1 and 2, feel free to complete them as all activities are self-paced! Continue reading for this week’s activity.

We’re ready to complete our self-reflection of LinkedIn Learning’s Top 10 List of Skills Needed for 2021. We are using this list for 2022 as well!.

Complete the following activities and post your answers on the following questions to the LinkedIn Group:

  1. Return to your journal and write down skills 9 and 10 (i.e., time management and creativity), and any additional skills you added that are relevant to the transportation industry and/or your organization.
  2. Again, pretend you are up for a promotion and the reviewer asks, “Tell me about a time when you displayed this skill at work…” Does an example easily come to mind? If so, write it down. If not, take the next week to reflect on an example.
  3. Share with the LinkedIn community. Did an example come to mind easily for the final skills on the list? Where did you struggle to think of an example?
  4. Read the responses from others in the LinkedIn community. What suggestions can you offer to help others build skills in a specific area? Share your ideas and resources!

You have the entire week to complete this activity and engage with one another. Remember, the goal is to build our leadership competencies in a safe space with other like-minded individuals. Let’s support and encourage each other and offer assistance.

Week 4

Hello Emerging Leaders and welcome to Week 4 of our 4-Week Management Challenge!

As a refresher, we’re participating in a 4-week challenge to grow our leadership competencies to successfully advance in your industry. Each week’s activity should take less than 30 minutes to complete, and participants are encouraged to like, comment, suggest resources, etc. to help others in their development. If you missed Weeks 1, 2, and 3 feel free to complete them as all activities are self-paced! Continue reading for this week’s activity…

Now that you’ve assessed your top workplace skills, it’s time to apply your knowledge to a real-world opportunity.

  1. Find the description of your so-called “dream job” or a higher-level position in your organization that you aspire to next. Review the job description thoroughly and highlight/identify the skills needed for that position. Write the skills down in list form.
  2. Compare the skills required for that “dream job” or aspirational position to the list we’ve been working with for the past 3 weeks.
  3. What is the ONE SKILL you MOST need to strengthen or develop to be “ready” for that dream job or next position at your organization?
  4. Reflect on the suggestions you’ve received from the LinkedIn community. What is ONE THING YOU INTEND TO DO to develop that skill within the next 3 months?
  5. Share your intention with the LinkedIn community and ask for help to hold you accountable!

You have the entire week to complete this activity and engage with one another. Remember, the goal is to build our leadership competencies in a safe space with other like-minded individuals. Let’s support and encourage each other and offer assistance.

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