I wrote this introductory post awhile back What Affects Executive Image?. I intended it to be a weekly series regarding Executive Image, but I dropped the ball and haven’t picked it back up again. Yes, there are excuses – sick kids, working full time, revamping the site…but they are excuses.
I was immensely touched to receive this comment last week:
Hey MIM, please keep up the Executive Image series. I’m a 40+ working mom who puts in 50+ hours a week and struggles to keep up with what “image” we should project while trying to keep groceries in the house. Recently, I realized my best suits were all 6 to 10 years old and I was perilously close to frumpy. I cleaned out the closet but dread the thought of facing the business professional racks for updated duds. Same with make up, hair, nails and all the things we are judged on. I’m all about finding ways to update without shopping in the 20-something stores. Look forward to learning more.
With this in mind, I am going to jump start this series again after the Holidays. As a teaser, I’ll share the
brutal direct feedback my executive coach, Ginny Page, gave me in our last monthly session. These comments are directed specifically to me, but may be useful to others also.
She started by saying I come across as Competent and Casual. However, for this stage in my career I need to project an executive image and therefore, I need to take it up a notch. Specifically…
- Wear jackets – daily.
- Iron. Make sure to add a crease to sleeves and slacks.
- Choose fabrics that will carry a crease (not knits).
- Pay attention to accessories. Specifically, wear earrings every day and a tasteful necklace.
- Wear more makeup.
- Pay attention to posture.
- Get a more defined hair style.
- Wear nice shoes.
- Hire a personal trainer.
Is there any part of my appearance that she missed?
I need new clothes, new hair cut, new makeup, jewelry, and to lose weight. Yep, that pretty much covers it. Basically, I need a major makeover!
This seems like a great launching point to start the Executive Image series since I am going to be actively pursuing it myself.
I would also be interested in creating some blogger partnerships if there is anyone else that would like to participate in this series? Maybe a week of appearance – Monday on MIM, Tuesday on …?
Let me know and check back soon for the next installments…