#57 How to Climb the Corporate Ladder Faster with C-suite Executive Christine Gagnon

The 360 Leadhership Podcast, Episode 57, 25 January 2023 by Lucy Gernon

Want to know how to climb the corporate ladder faster as an ambitious woman?

60% of senior leadership positions are held by men and while the world is changing and companies are doing their best to support women, the women themselves play a huge role.

In this episode of the Powerhouse Revolution Podcast, I interview Christine Gagnon, a successful C suite finance executive with experience across many different sectors. Christine has attended Harvard Business School as well as Stanford University, focusing on corporate strategy and innovation. If all that isn’t impressive enough, she has been named one of monitors top 50 Women in equipment finance.

In this episode, Christine shares her top tips for career progression:

  1. Be yourself and know yourself.
    You need to lead with confidence in order to get where you want to go and climb that career ladder. Believe in yourself and your abilities and everything will fall into place. You must remember, you are a driven individual, your team looks up to you and you are objectively good at your job. And this is why you are in your current leadership position my friend. You have often received external validation but one major key to success is how you speak to yourself. You can achieve any future career goals with the correct mindset and support. Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20.

  2. Take calculated risks.
    But don’t jump into the deep end without at least knowing what direction you’re jumping into. This will really pay off if you want to move in your career because you can’t always feel safe in your current situation if you want to climb the corporate ladder. You need to reach outside your comfort zone and do things that scare you, such as having a conversation with your boss on how you can move up. Staying safe and waiting around for opportunities to fall on your lap won’t yield the results that you might want.

  3. Just do it.
    This is one for all you procrastinators out there: If you can do something in two or three minutes e.g. check things off your to do list, or send an important email, just do it. Sometimes you may have a list of 20 things that would just take just two minutes each and they’re the items that become so stressful, and they occupy so much brain space, when really they just take the two minutes. So be like Nike and just do it.

  4. Positive self talk is important, especially in overcoming roadblocks.
    You may be hearing no right now in your timeline, but It’s all about the perspective. You can sit in your chair and call yourself a failure, or you can shake off the rejection and tell yourself: it doesn’t matter, I’ve done the best I can. I’ve asked the question so now on to the next thing.

    It’s so important to talk to yourself in a kind, empowering, supportive way. Once you begin to do this, the universe will listen and big things will begin to happen for you. YOU are what you attract.

So, the road to the top isn’t easy. But it is all about timing, perspective and how you talk and motivate yourself. Think about it this way: Failure is the most underrated success propellant that you could ever have.

In episode 57 of the Powerhouse revolution podcast, we discuss how to overcome self doubt  and how to climb the corporate ladder faster.

Here’s the episode at a glance:

[04:52] Is it possible to achieve work life balance as a C-Suite executive?

[07:38] Tips on how to successfully transition from senior management to C level

How persistence and patience will help you reach your goals

[15:00] The impact positive self talk has on success

P.S. Have you signed up for my free January 2023 masterclass yet for women leaders from Director to Executive level? It’s called Skyrocket your Success in Leadership and Life and you don’t want to miss this.
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