I recently read an article by Lesley Piper in which she was discussing some of her thoughts on the first annual Women in Cybersecurity Conference (WiCyS) that was held in Nashville. She made particular mention of an address to the gathering by Ms. Deb Frinke, Training Director of the NSA. According to Ms Piper, the high points of that address were:
• Be willing to change your plan
• Know what your interests are (She likes to start from scratch and build)
• Know what to ask for
• Speak up
• Learn how to negotiate well
• Lead change by example
• In regards to executive leadership – executive coaching can be beneficial, see if it is for you.
These are interesting points to ponder and to spend some time reflecting on. Change – Change is inevitable so learn to ride the wave and embrace it. If you resist change and are not flexible, you will probably get run over. Interests – We tend to forget our personal interests as we plow along in life…perhaps they should be revisited. Ask and Speak – Make a plan so you know where you are going and learn to speak up for yourself and your position. Negotiate – Learn the nuances of bargaining and never leave money on the table. Example – your subordinates are always watching you so do as you say. Coaching – Mentoring should go up and down. Help those below you on the ladder and seek knowledge from above.
The great thing about any keynote speech is that somewhere hidden within it, is a nugget or nuggets of wisdom. There were a great many nuggets available at that conference. Consider how you can implement some or all of these points into your career.
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Piper, L. (2015). Report from the first annual Women in Cybersecurity Conference. Retrieved from the Internet at http://www.cyberwatchwest.org/index.php/women-cybersec/35-site-content/articles/145-wicys-writeup