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069: How to Take Your Career to the Next Level

Posted By Digital Enterprise Society, Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

069: How to Take Your Career to the Next Level


If this wild year has given you any time to pause and reflect on what you really want from your career, then you will welcome the advice that you’re going to hear on today’s episode of the Digital Enterprise Society Podcast. Thom  welcomes Sara Canaday to discuss impactful ways that you can take your career to the next level. Sara is an executive coach, trainer and author who knows what it takes to pivot from the job you have to the career you want.  They discuss the importance of identifying your reputation in the workplace, questions you need to ask yourself about the effectiveness of your work, and how to more strategically balance every aspect of your career.

On today’s podcast, you will learn:

How to pivot toward success

  • Solicit feedback to pinpoint the subtle things you may be doing that are keeping you from reaching the next level.

  • Your mindset around change will greatly affect your level of success.

  • Look at change as an opportunity to reimagine, to reinvent, and to rebrand yourself.

  • A willingness to try new things makes all the difference in pivoting toward success.

How to develop a mindset of success

  • Questions to ask yourself about how other people perceive working with you? 

  • Reflect on more than your credentials — how do you make other people feel at work?

  • What are you doing to be on the “Do Not Lose” list at work? 

  • Develop a network filled with internal and external relationships that serve you now and later.

  • Look outside the career map that your current employer has set before you.

How to take your career to the next level

  • Pay attention to the experience that you are creating for others and for yourself. 

  • Balance your bias for action with your bias for thought.

  • Take strategic pauses for time away from your to-do list and a mental ‘time-in’ to process all of the information that you have encountered each week. 

  • Make space for strategic pauses in your schedule. 

  • Identify what you need to give up in order to get more of what you want most.

How to handle career chaos after COVID-19

  • Living in a VUCA world has required everyone to pause and then pivot.

  • Put structure around the unknown to better handle your current situation.

  • Have a plan in place for both best and worst case scenarios. 

  • Look at this time as an opportunity to identify what you really want and then reinvent where necessary.

Do you have an example of extraordinary efforts or innovation during these unprecedented times? We would love to hear your story and possibly interview you for an upcoming episode. Please reach out to us at


Sara Canaday

You According to Them: Uncovering the blindspots that impact your reputation and career by Sara Canaday

Leadership Unchain: Defy Conventional Wisdom for Breakthrough Performance by Sara Canaday

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol Dweck

Sara Canaday’s Linkedin Learning


Sara Canaday is a leadership development expert, speaker, and author.  In her work, Sara helps companies maximize the contributions of their leaders for bottom-line impact. Drawing on her 15 years of corporate experience, Sara has a unique gift for connecting with audiences and ensuring they walk away with actionable strategies for positive change—strengthening leadership skills, improving business relationships, and enhancing performance.

Sara's career spans more than 20 years, including senior executive positions in sales, operations, and organizational development with USAA and Texas Mutual. After forming her own company, Sara began sharing her expertise in leadership development, executive presence, branding, and emotional intelligence. Her insights have led hundreds of teams and individuals nationwide to make strategic changes with impressive results.

Sara is a member of both the National Speakers Association and the Global Speakers Federation, and is an adjunct executive coach with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). She is certified in the CCL suite of 360-degree multi-rater feedback instruments, and she is accredited through Multi-Health Systems to administer the EQ-i 2.0 Emotional Intelligence assessments.

Sara has been featured in a number of publications and broadcasts, most notably Forbes, The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, CNBC, and the American Management Association's Leadership-Wired. Sara is also the author of a popular business book, You—According to Them: Uncovering the blind spots that impact your reputation and your career.

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