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
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
I have the bug. The entrepreneur bug that many business owners and serial entrepreneurs talk about. It’s the characteristics of someone always coming up with new ideas to start businesses. Businesses love when employees have that entrepreneurial spirit that brings new ideas into their business and continues to encourage creativity within their business environment.
In 1978, Gifford Pinchot coined a term called, “Intrapreneurship” that Pinchot defines as “dreamers who do. Those who take hands-on responsibility for creating innovation of any kind, within a business.” Three years ago I started using this term “intrapreneurship” as something I could identify with. I didn’t want to own a business but wanted to innovate someone else’s business. I thought I was creative in coming up with this amazing term. It wasn’t until later I found out there’s a whole institute created by Pinchot with an emphasis on intrapreneurship. I didn’t come up with the concept, but I did quickly identify with the notion. Read the Post The Art of Intrapreneurship
The dynamics of the workforce is one of the most interesting places in today’s society. Corporations are filled with individuals of all types of races, religious beliefs, political standpoints, and personal circumstances. However, each day we put all these people together to accomplish a common in goal. Sure there are challenges, but ultimately successful companies embrace the differences to be successful.
Consider the dynamics of the three generations that control our workforce. The baby boomers on the verge of retirement, generation x who currently controls the majority of executive positions in the business community, and Millennials, a group of individuals completely different from the previous two generations starting to become executives and the majority of today’s workforce. Corporations spend millions trying to develop their workforce to be as productive as possible. If you ask any CEO, Millennials have been challenging with the characteristics of being narcissistic, entitled and the belief that they’re God’s great gift to society. Now marketers are looking at today’s teenager, the next big spending power and researchers are realizing, generation z is much different than Millennials. Read the Post Did Millennials put the weight of the world on the next generation?