Stop looking for a seat at the table, and start building your own.
by Phyllis Newhouse
How often have you heard the phrase, "If you don't have a seat at the table, bring your own chair"? By my count, if we all followed that advice, we'd need an extraordinarily long table.
Now don't get me wrong, it's sound advice for many people and situations, and it's nothing to be blasé about. Getting a seat at a table--an opportunity to be in a position of leadership and influence--doesn't happen on its own. It's earned.
But to that end, I challenge you to consider building your own table--your own opportunities to be a leader and a person of influence in your industry.
And you might be thinking, "Well, Phyllis, it's hard."
Hard? Yes. Impossible? No.
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