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Sairee Chahal
5 May 2015 . 3 min read

Ten #TakeCharge Career Values


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Agility: Speed is the need, as businesses cycles get shorter, customers more demanding and businesses change every few weeks. Responding constructively with minimum dissonance in the environment.

Action: Something lingering in your head, an idea you are carrying around, a conversation that is pending – act. The best way to put yourself out there and enhance the quality of your experiences.  

Authenticity: Taking your career to the leadership track means building authenticity in your ideas, conversations and actions. In the age of real time media and online social scores, authenticity is career enhancer like no other.

Accountability: The holy grail of leadership. Would you be willing to put your neck on the line, when things don’t go as planned? Would you be the person, who steps up for others in the team? Being accountable and owning your steps is a career value, which cannot be undermined at any time. Great leaders own up!

Discipline: 4 am work out schedules, 9 pm board meetings and a promise to eat healthy – all in a day’s work for achievers. Building reporting and performance discipline, setting time bound processes and visiting every opportunity to improve. A career rule that has withstood the test of time, age and stage.

Personal Clarity: Why would you do what you do? Why would you want to be what others think you should be? What matters more to you in the larger scheme of things? What makes you happy? What leads you to joy? Being clear on what makes you rock as a person, is a deep insight on what your career should look like. Go deeper!

Kindness: Kindness is a GPS value. It helps align our hearts and soul to the universe. Without kindness, we wouldn’t be able to make a difference to the world we live in. Kindness for all, at all times and without any pre-conditions – is a mark of true leader.

Love: One that stems from a place of purpose, things that make your heart sing and move you in the direction that calls out for you the most. Doing things you love is life’s ultimate reward.  

Simplicity: Genius makes it simple. Simplicity is a sign of high quality and processed thought. Simplicity takes away casual, and replaces it with mindful, clarity. A simpler roadmap is more likely to be achieved than a maze of opportunities, strewn along the way.

Teamwork: Is your presence on teams an uplifting experience for all? Does it inspire them to bring their best and go backer enriched. Does it seem like a fun project to work on? Would working with this team, leave everyone empowered, experienced and yearning for more. A question every careerist needs to ask herself, as she sets out on her roadmap to success.

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Sairee Chahal
Sairee is the Founder of www.sheroes.in - a platform connecting women to corporates and offers career opportunities, resources, mentorship. A believer in work-life redesign, serial entrepreneur, mentor, an occasional writer and mother of an 8-year-old, Sairee is India’s foremost women at work evangelist. She earlier co-founded Fleximoms and also worked with CII, Heidrick and Struggles. In 2000 she set up Newslink Services, world’s first newspaper for mariners. A winner of the Devi Award 2014, and a L’oreal Award nominee, Cartier Alumni and TED speaker, Sairee has an M.Phil in International Relations from JNU

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