Infographic: How to Slay a Stretch Assignment

Recent years have been full of talk about how to elevate women at work. Have you noticed, though, that the conversation often focuses on problems more than solutions? That’s why we’re excited to add a new perspective—and solution to the mix: offering women more stretch assignments. Now, this isn’t just based on feeling or intuition. Stretch assignments have been shown to positively alter the trajectory of professionals’ careers, significantly accelerating performance and success.

Our award-winning study, Out of the Comfort Zone: How women and men size up stretch assignments—and why leaders should care, adds new insights about stretch assignments you can use in your own career.

Check out our infographic to see the many ways that you make stretch assignments work for you. Share this infographic with your colleagues and HR leaders – or use it to spark a dialogue within your team. Better yet, do both!

And don’t forget how many stretch opportunities there are out there. Scroll down to see our list below!

Pursue, or create a proposal for, a stretch assignment like:

1. Representing a division in a corporate reorganization or realignment

2. Delivering a presentation to a VIP client

3. Structuring and communicating a rollout for a key change

4. Leading the transition of a manual process to a technology platform

5. Owning a critical client account

6. Convening or serving on a task force created to solve a difficult problem

7. Bridging or aligning two problematic groups so that they can work together effectively

8. Relaunching an internal initiative that previously failed

9. Running a data analysis to scrutinize costs and inefficiencies

10. Turning around a failing product or service

Now, go forth and stretch.

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The Be Leaderly Team

The Be Leaderly team is made up of Jo Miller, Selena Rezvani and Angie Klein.

 

We are dedicated to helping emerging women leaders advance into management and leadership positions. With clients like Amazon, Bank of America, Boeing, eBay, GM, Homeland Security, MetLife,  Microsoft, Siemens, Society of Women Engineers, Verizon, USDA—and more than 400 organizations in the commercial, academic, non-profit and government sectors, Be Leaderly works with organizations that want to develop a pipeline of qualified and engaged emerging women leaders. Our workshops, webinars and coaching programs help women employees gain clarity on how their talents can contribute to the organization’s success, encourage them to enter the leadership pipeline, and provide them with the tools necessary to take ownership of their career advancement. Our research focuses on elevating women’s voices at work, and our consulting framework enables organizations to assess and refine their approach to retaining, developing, and promoting women.

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