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
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
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
That moment self-critics often consider the crossroads of choice where you have to make a decision on whether the path you’re on is the correct path. For any individual that identifies themselves as leaders, this crossroad has happened in multiple instances of their personal and professional life. This past week, I’ve heard more about leadership and what makes a great leader then most probably here in a year. I attended the Global Leadership Summit 2 weeks ago, and the pre-conference and post-conference analysis of who I am as a leader were at the forefront of my mind. Leading into the conference, a series of events happened where I need to self-evaluate myself and how I’m leading. After the conference, I realized there are a few aspects of my leadership style that may not be best suited for the type of environment I’m leading in.
Through the process of breaking bad leadership, I’ve come up with five steps that helped me through the process of evaluating my leadership and what I could do to see positive change moving forward. Read the Post Breaking Bad: Leadership