Nicole Wood is the CEO and co-founder of Ama La Vida Coaching, a lifestyle, health, career, and leadership coaching company based out of Chicago.
Nicole founded ALV in 2016. Before becoming an entrepreneur, she worked as a consultant and a corporate strategist — so she came into ALV with a strong professional background. Her goal was to build a life she loved living (which is what ama la vida means — love life), and now she offers a coaching service that helps people do the same thing.
Between working with Praxis participants (ALV is the home of two, Randalyn Hill and Gabby Vicas) and coaching other people through their career transitions, Nicole has a wealth of knowledge on the art of navigating your career — and she joined us to share that knowledge with our participants.
You can check out the full workshop below:
Nicole’s top advice for outgrowing your role:
Communicate: if you think you’re communicating enough, communicate more. Never make your boss guess.
Anticipate needs: think strategically about what’s happening in the business and what needs to be done. Be proactive.
Ask for feedback: most people, even good bosses, don’t give enough feedback. Asking for it will create space for it and eliminate surprises.
Make your boss’s life easy: think of what you can take off their plate and anticipate their needs. Give them the headspace to focus on other things.
Know when to ask and when to do: can it be googled? Can it just as easily be done by you as by them? Have you thought about it? Can you ask someone else?
Say yes: take on as many opportunities as possible to learn and grow and develop your skills. If you become known as someone who helps out, doors will keep being opened for you.
Planning for the future:
Know where you’re headed: be very clear about what you want. You don’t have to have it all figured out, but don’t be shy about telling people where you want to go. You need to own your growth trajectory.
Ask what you need to do to get there: get clear on what needs to happen to hit those goals.
Find the right allies who can help: most of your opportunities will come through your network. At the end of the day, relationships are going to be one of the most valuable things you build in your career, so focus on them.
How to work from home:
Work hard, play hard, rest hard is your most important motto: you can’t healthily have any one without the other two.
Establish routines and boundaries: set specific places in the house to work, and set specific hours — go offline after hours!
Don’t lose your mind over one data point: this isn’t forever. It’s just for now.
Clarify priorities and deadlines: does this have to be done today, or can it wait?
Snooze notifications and put the phone away (or even delete Slack if you need to!)
Be present wherever you are: multitasking is not a thing. Don’t work and do laundry at the same time — pick one or the other.