In 2022, I will . . .
A n online forum for women in leadership roles recently posted the above fill-in-the-blank question. I have to admit that I was stumped. In past years, I could have easily come up with something. It would have been inspirational and actionable. This year, I find myself staring at that blank space, with no idea what I want to do in 2022. The ongoing pandemic plays a huge role in my ability to set aspirations for the next year. We have had too many Blursdays for me to think of anything beyond losing the quarantine 15. If you also are feeling unmotivated, here are a few items that might raise your spirits and perhaps give you a kickstart in your personal development.
1. Give yourself a hashtag.
2. Say yes to social interactions.
3. Reach out to your network.
4. Recognize mental health needs.
5. Get out of a transactional mindset.
6. Be a mentor.
7. Decide - should I stay or should I go?
8. Create a meaningful development plan.
It is always important to own your own development. No one will take control of your career for you. As you engage in the performance evaluation process at work, you should use this time to think about development. Some of your development needs will probably be included in a written plan for your employer but think broader than that. One of the most focused attorneys with whom I have worked had a specific growth focus each year, e.g., financial acumen, and she came to her review with her plan on how she was going to achieve those goals. Some of her goals were supported by the company, but she also used her vacation time and personal financial resources to ensure that she achieved her development goals by the end of the year. The importance of controlling your own development is also true for those who are in transition or considering a new employer. The pandemic has created a lot of opportunities for growth, and employees and candidates who are proactive about their development have a chance to stand out from the crowd.
9. Slow down.
10. Remember that change starts small.
So, for 2022 I will #grow, #play, #enjoy, and #learn.
As for the quarantine 15, my new Peloton bike will be delivered on Saturday!
Until next time…
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, The Andersons
Christine M. Castellano is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of The Andersons (NASDAQ: ANDE), located in Maumee, Ohio. Founded in 1947, The Andersons is a Fortune 500 diversified company rooted in agriculture that conducts business across North America in the grain, ethanol, plant nutrient and rail sectors.
Prior to joining The Andersons, she served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for Ingredion Incorporated, a NYSE listed Fortune 500 company. She additionally served as a non-executive director and member of the Audit Committee of Rafhan Maize Products Co. Ltd., a public company listed on the Pakistan Stock Exchange.
Christine currently serves as a co-chair of the Business and Industry Committee of the NW Ohio V Project and on the legacy board of The John Marshall Law School. She previously served as a Trustee of the Chicago Academy of Sciences/Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, and as a member of the Womens’ Board of the Chicago Zoological Society. She is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network. In April 2019, Christine was certified as a diversity professional by the National Diversity Council.
Christine is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Toledo Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the North Shore General Counsel Association, and participated in The Conference Board Council of Chief Legal Officers and the MAPI Law Council. She has served as a member of the American Bar Association International Section Publications Committee and Corporate Counsel Committee, and was formerly Communications Officer and Division Chair of the Americas and Middle East Division of the Section. She was named by Diligent Corporation to the 2020 Modern Governance 100; by the Legal 500 to the 2019 GC Powerlist: United States; by the Illinois Diversity Council in 2017 as one of the Top 15 Business Women in Illinois; and by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2016 Attorneys Who Matter.
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