Today, I’m in Los Angeles attending an Executive Advisory Council meeting for Leadership California as well as their annual Legacy of Leadership awards.

Leadership California is an incredible organization that hand-selects sixty (60) – seventy (70) brilliantly successful women throughout the State of California to go through a year-long program of understanding the issues and trends of the State.

Not a leadership development program, Leadership California seeks to build on the brilliance of the women who are selected which is why their tagline is “Moving from Success to Significance” – and I am a proud alum and presenter.

I also would like to proudly share that one of my superstar coaching clients (who is also a Leadership California alum) shared with me that she recently accomplished something at work that no one has ever done, received gifts, two (2) standing ovations – and a promotion with a 16% raise and 20% bonus! (Know that this is a company that has had massive layoffs and cutbacks.) And, what we worked on together is what I’m writing about today.

When I first wrote Designing Your Destiny six years ago, I shared a formula that I continue to believe is important if you want to move from success to significance and be recognized as the leader you were meant to be.

This formula uses the acronym W.O.R.K., taken from the word “network” to grow your sphere of influence.

The “O” in this acronym, stands for “openness” and how important it is to embrace every opportunity by being open to others and every possibility.

Opportunities only come when you are actively choose to see them, and they truly do come from everywhere.

I’ve taught this process in my Designing Your Destiny and Connection: The New Currency tele-class series, as well as working one-on-one with clients teaching this method through my 7-step, research-designed leadership process and it always yields incredible results.

To be heard and recognized as a leader, you must be know what you want, know how to ask for it, and be fully present and intentional in every moment– and few people excel at this.

In creating the process, I read about countless influential leaders and their strengths and shortcomings.

One of the most talked about people in the tech world has been Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs might have avoided some of the failures that plagued the Mac computer had he listened to the people that worked for him.

His lack of openness and super-sized ego were obstacles to creating a faster, less expensive, and more reliable product as he failed to elicit or trust input from his team.

This week, my Upside Challenge to you is to stay open and present to everyone and everything around you.

I guarantee you that your network of open relationships will lead to new doors of opportunity you never dreamed of.

And, if you don’t believe me, look at all my client has accomplished.

See Upside. Be Upside. Lead Upside.

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