courage to be seen

4 Keys to Success

4 Keys to Success Are you someone who wants to take the next step in your career but are not sure how? Maybe you have been wanting to focus on your personal development, however you don’t seem to make any progress. Is there something you have been dreaming about, but are not taking any steps to turn it into a reality? Maybe success for you is more happiness in your life, better work life balance, or even being able to pick your kids up from school every day.  Success could be finding a way to not feel guilty while doing less. No matter how you define success in your life, I think we can all agree.  We want more of it in our lives. The Four Keys to Having More Success Know where you want to go Take the time to [...]

By |2019-07-12T03:17:40+00:00July 12th, 2019|Accomplishments|0 Comments

What to do with feedback and how to keep the fear of judgement from stopping you

Everything seems to be transitioning over to video, so I thought I should join in and create and post a video blog on feedback.  To often we let the fear of feedback keep us from going forward with the things in life that we really want to do.  I was a little this way with creating this video blog.  I have thought about creating a video blog for months.  There is tons of technology available today to use, so I don't have that excuses.  The real reason I have delayed putting together a video blog is the fact that I don't like watching myself on video. How about you?  Can you relate?   So I was letting this keep me from starting.  Then I decided enough excuses and I should just go for it.  How do we get better if we don't [...]

By |2019-07-02T17:06:05+00:00June 26th, 2019|Fear|0 Comments

Transition … Are you moving forward or holding onto the past?

“How can you know what you’re capable of if you don’t embrace the unknown?” – Emeralda Santiago This week we had a big transition in my household.  We took my son off to college, moved him into his dorm, and he started summer school.  Mentally I have known for the last 18 years this was coming, so you would have thought I was ready.  However sometimes thinking you are ready for something and actually being ready are two very different things.  Some things you just have to do, and as much as you want to. you can’t really prepare for them.  You don’t have a choice.  You don’t get to pick the timing.  A transition may happen if you like it or not, so then the only question is how do you deal with it?  What courage do you need to have to [...]

By |2019-06-09T19:06:22+00:00June 9th, 2019|Change|1 Comment

Change … Do you resist even positive changes?

I believe human nature is to naturally resist change and desire stay in our comfort zones.  This is surprising, because sometimes, I notice resistance even when I am trying to make a change.  When I am not paying attention, I may be unconsciously resisting the change I thought I wanted. How about you?  Do you ever feel this way? Change is defined as to make or become different.  There is always some degree of uncertainty when something is going to be different.  So, by definition, change results in uncertainty, which drives discomfort… and nobody likes discomfort.  In fact most people will go to extremes to minimize discomfort for themselves and for others. I recently had an interesting experience.  The day I celebrated working for General Electric for 20 years, my division was sold to ABB.  I woke up early so I could get [...]

By |2018-10-19T00:55:48+00:00September 9th, 2018|Change|0 Comments

Recognition … Why is my natural instinct to deflect?

If you are like me, and are being honest with yourself, then we have to admit that getting recognition feels great, even incredible at times. So why…. If it feels so good to get recognition, that my natural instinct is to minimize the recognition, especially when I am talking about it with others? Ever find yourself immediately responding to recognition with… “It was nothing” “Anyone could have done it” “Just doing my job” “I couldn’t have done it without the team” “Thanks, but I didn’t get everything I wanted completed” Or some variation of these… Next time I challenge you to respond with a simple… Thank you I recently received recognition from the Dallas Business Journal for Women in Technology in North Texas. Here is the link to the article  Dallas Business Journal 2018 Women in Technology Using this opportunity to reflect on [...]

By |2018-10-19T00:56:28+00:00July 25th, 2018|Accomplishments, Confidence|0 Comments

Self Confidence … Why do we struggle believing in ourselves?

I have talked with a lot of women and will admit I have been surprised at the topic that seems to come up the most often – confidence. Confidence has come up so often that I started to inquire about it … and you could say a lack of self confidence is almost an epidemic.  What has surprised me so much, is that many of the women that have told me they have confidence issues are very successful individuals.  I would have never guessed. How about you?  Would you say you have a lot of confidence? Or is this an area you would like to improve? Steps to additional confidence “Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.”  – Peter T. Mcintyre 1.  Determine if there are specific areas, times, or situations you find yourself not having [...]

By |2018-09-28T00:47:01+00:00March 27th, 2018|Confidence|0 Comments

The year is almost over

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week.  This is a holiday I truly love.  What is better than taking time to focus on everything we have to be thankful for, spending time with family, and of course eating too much good food. Thanksgiving is also my signal that the year will soon be over.  This makes me quickly start thinking and questioning if I got everything done during year that I intended.  What do you have left to accomplish in 2017? One big item I need to finish for work at the end of every year is submitting a summary of my annual accomplishments along with comments of what has gone well and what could be improved.  The exact due date and format has changed over the years, however completing this is almost a rite of passage to being [...]

By |2018-09-14T01:03:40+00:00November 21st, 2017|Accomplishments|0 Comments

Stepping out with the courage to be seen

Welcome to my new blog, Courage to Be Seen. I’m Sherrie Clark and am the CTO for the Embedded Solutions business unit of General Electric leading a global engineering team, and probably the best part of my job has been the experience I have gotten to help others through coaching and mentoring.  Over the years I have had discussions with several women about their experiences of being in the minority of male dominated fields.  One very common theme keeps appearing in several of the discussions. Women in trying to maximize their success many times unconsciously limit portions of themselves at work.  This results in them not being authentic to themselves which limits their power and happiness, and many times spills over into other parts of their lives.  This was true for myself, until one day when I came to the realization this was [...]

By |2018-09-14T01:06:21+00:00November 5th, 2017|Courage to Be Seen|0 Comments