Your career trajectory is not up to them;
it’s up to YOU.
Sounds crazy, right? But it’s true.
Where you go in your career is just as much up to you as it is to the decision makers in any workplace.
What do I mean?
I mean that if you know what you want, believe that you can have it, and are willing to take a look at what’s working and what’s not about the way you’re showing up, you can’t fail.
You see, corporate America is a game with a very clear book of instructions but... not all of us have had access to it for long.
If we haven’t met yet, hello. I’m Linda Taliaferro and I’ve been rocking the corporate game for over 30 years. I have an incredibly successful career but to be totally honest with you--
If I knew then what I know now, I could’ve climbed the ladder much faster.
As a woman of color, it was incredibly rare for me to see anyone in a position I wanted. There was no one for me to ask questions or be mentored by. There was a ton I didn’t know I didn’t know.
Instead of settling, I got curious. I paid attention to my surroundings, built relationships, and propelled myself forward.
Right before I took on a Director level position, I was given an executive coach who helped me dig into the personal stories that were holding me back in my career.
You see, I was raised by a single mother who was a perfectionist. I learned to keep my head down and do my work to stay out of trouble, but the thing is-- that’s not how you get ahead in your career.
I had to unlearn this behavior to create the life and leadership I wanted.
By clearing that up I was able to express myself in a new way and connect with coworkers on another level.
ASSISTING PEOPLE ACROSS THE GLOBE
I learned to ask more questions, be more of myself, and really show up so people would not just notice me, but remember me. And THAT helped me secure my seat at the table FOR GOOD.
Your career goals are attainable but you have to be willing to do the personal development work to get you there. When you do, that growth, plus understanding how to navigate corporate politics, will not just get you a seat at the table, it will give you the skills to help bring more chairs to the table for other women like you.
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Want to know more about Linda’s professional background?
Take a look at her bio below.
Linda Taliaferro has worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including as a senior-level executive of a $4 billion company. Throughout her career, she learned first-hand the challenges of climbing the corporate ladder and how various hindrances can prevent good people from reaching their full potential. She has seen people, especially those who looked like herself, deal with various obstacles and question what was holding them back. Linda's mission and passion are to flip the script so that more well-deserved Black and Brown women are seated at the table. Her passion for helping women of color get a seat at the table propelled Linda to create The TEE, The Extra Effort.
Linda Taliaferro is a board member of the Greater Southeast Michigan Girl Scouts. Linda is a past member of the Automotive Women's Alliance Foundation (AWAF) Executive Advisory Council and served as the President of AWAF from 2017 - 2019. She also served on the board of the American Heart Association Metro Detroit from 2017 - 2019. Linda received the 2020 Industry Achievement Award from the Automotive Women's Alliance Foundation for her contributions to the advancement and empowerment of women in the industry. In February 2020, Linda was named as one of Michigan Chronicle's Women of Excellence Honorees. She was named one of Savoy's 2019 Most Influential Women in Corporate America, and received the Alternatives For Girls’ Role Model Award for her professional accomplishments and community service. She was selected as one of the Profiles of Diversity Journal's 2017 Women Worth Watching in STEM. In 2015 she received the Women of Color STEM Special Recognition award in the Career Achievement in Industry segment. Linda is a member of The Links Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and Jack & Jill of America, Incorporated.