I still find it amazing when I’m speaking with leadership of a business or organization about either joining their team or consulting their expectations to provide detailed plans on how I can revolutionize their organization and make some immediate changes for the better. I understand the urgency of moving your organization forward especially if you’re in the position of needing some immediate change. My answer is traditionally until I know and understand all the moving parts; I’m not prepared to give you detailed plans on change in your organization. During our conversation, I may lead some questions based on information I’m hearing, but that’s only me seeking more information to understand better the operational position the organization is in. Read the Post One Step at a Time: A Look at Organizational Change
I find it ironic when hiring managers still focus solely on an individual skill or trait of a potential employee and not the bigger picture. One of the first pieces of advice I received in my professional career was “find what you’re good at and do it better than anyone else.” In the beginning, that’s what I set out to do but quickly realized that’s not who I am. I have found in today’s marketplace how essential it is for leaders to hold multiple skills and learn a variety of trades. I once had a billion dollar retailer tell me in an interview when asked what I desired to do, that I couldn’t do both things I’m interested in. I have to choose one or the other because they are two different jobs. Perhaps if you’re looking for a career solely in large corporations but for the majority of Americans that work for small businesses and non-profits, it’s not enough to be an expert in one area. Read the Post Pass the hat: Why it’s essential to have a diverse skill set in today’s marketplace
There use to be a time when it was okay not to check your email but once a day and depending on the industry you work in, communication demand is still a concept that’s foreign. Communication demand is a metric I developed to measure an industries expected demand on an individual’s communication efforts. For example, if you’re in sales, then your communication demand is typically much higher than someone that works on the floor of a manufacturing organization. Communication demand highlights expectations when it comes to communication whether it’s internal or external. Read the Post The Great Communicator: Understanding Communication Demand
It’s that time of year again where people create resolutions and possibly aims to change habits, start new habits or simply shoot for some desired goal. I believe when you create resolutions; you create a challenge likely to fail. There’s nothing against challenging yourself in the upcoming year but it’s the stigma that comes along with resolutions. I’m going to eat healthier, read more, become more spiritual, spend more time with my family, finish school, and so many more. Resolutions are challenges that often result in failure. My recommendation is to STOP with resolutions and BEGIN with goals. Read the Post Don’t Create Resolutions This Year
What’s the differentiator between good companies and great companies? Businesses are spinning up everyday and many of them are enduring success while others fold within the first few years. Some research suggest that nearly 50% of business startups will not make it past five years and 75% of business will close within ten years. What’s the make it or break it for a company? There are many schools of thought on how to run a business. I could put together a group of ten business consultants and a variety of opinions would formulate on how a business can endure success. In my short career, I’ve determined one of the most important pieces of a great business is putting your people first. Read the Post Being “Profit” Focused Verse “People” Focused
What a weekend. It was like every brand wanted to provide me with a poor experience. In all fairness, I was a bit less patient than normal while I was in the process of moving but still… I wasn’t the only one experiencing poor service with a variety of major brands that we expect more out of. Friday morning, I woke up and had to purchase donuts for a group of people helping my family move. I waited in line at Dunkin Donuts for 25 minutes and once I got to the window, the drive-thru worker had an attitude and didn’t greet me with a warm welcome or even try to be apologetic for their delays. Needless to say, the breakfast sandwich I ordered was old and disgusting, and I high level of disappointment was how I started my day. Read the Post Big Brands Fail to Understand Customer Experience
I was driving home the other day contemplating a challenge a friend of mine was having in her current organization. She works for a small company of about fifty employees and was hired onto a management team of about eight people. She’s the only millennial on the management team and immediately experienced challenges fitting in with her managerial coworkers. She’s considered leaving multiple times to join organizations with a younger demographic just so she would “fit in” better but has continued to stick it out. The question is… why is she experiencing so many challenges? Is it her fault? Read the Post Managing Millennials: Help me now…
I spent the last 2+ years studying leadership and management, learning from experts and case studies on what makes a great leader. Last week, I focused on your leadership style and developing a variety of leadership styles to suit your needs. Through all my studying, I’ve determined there is no one-way to lead.
This week I finished reading Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath. A couple years ago, I read Strengths Finder 2.0 and took the assessment determining what my leadership strengths are. At that time, I didn’t truly understand my strengths. Today, reading the summarized report of my strengths is as if the assessment knows me better than I know myself. What I appreciate about Strengths Based Leadership is it focuses on you. What makes you great? How can you take your personality, your skills, your desires, and make you a great leader? Read the Post What’s A Leader?
Traditionally, I do not get overly academia when it comes to my blogs. However, over the last couple months I’ve become more and more fascinated with the idea of understanding different leadership styles and discovering what leadership styles you utilize daily. Whether you’re in an executive role or lead by example as an employee of your organization, all of us utilize different characteristics of leadership to accomplish goals. Many experts have tried to define leadership and the common threat among most leadership definitions is “one’s ability to motivate or influence.” Read the Post Understanding Your Leadership Style
Have you applied for a job your perfect for and never received an opportunity to interview? Did you sit around wondering how you didn’t even meet the criteria for an interview? You’re not alone. However, if you’re the hiring individual, are you missing out on the perfect individual to take your company to the next level? When a hiring manager posts a new position, it’s not uncommon for them to receive hundreds of resumes. Therefore, companies have to figure out ways of weeding out the stack. Through my research and relationships with employers, I have determined three of the most common reasons why qualified applicants never receive an interview. Read the Post Is your job description fogging your ability to hire?