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Context: Do You Seek The Deeper Meaning That Might Not Be Obvious?

Lack of context in any situation can hold us back, and everyone involved can lose out if it’s not provided—or considered.

If we’re the one taking in information without the proper context, we might miss the bigger picture. If we’re the one providing the information, not providing the proper context can cost us what we want.

The influence for this post was a career preparation event I attended a…


Leadership Can Be Lonely: How Do You Really Step Outside Of Yourself To Connect?

Loneliness is trending toward becoming an epidemic, but a similar, powerful emptiness — an unfulfilled and psychological need – can also exist in leadership.

Loneliness can rob us of our best lives, in which we could get to know others on a deeper level and utilize and develop our greatest abilities. At the same time, it robs others of the opportunity to know us and realize,…


Mentorships Are The Connections That Bring All The Pieces All Together

Don’t forgo any part of your personal efficiency and strength, or that of your team or organization, by ignoring the importance of mentorship.

Mentoring is a powerful tool and experience.  Both the mentor and the mentee can gain from the relationship, with each side walking away more refined and better prepared for having partaken in, and extracted advantages from, the relationship.

In order to…


To The Future Leaders: Tap Into The Value Of An Accountability Partner

In this previous post, I introduced this current series which covers a top-ten list of ideas I had provided to students at Quest 2017, a one-day summit hosted by Connecticut’s Chapter of Prospanica, in partnership with its community and corporate partners. The annual event is filled with motivational presentations, speakers, and workshops providing students with tools for the next chapter in their…


What They Teach Us: Simon Sinek’s Attempt At Weighing Leadership vs. Management

Recently, while on LinkedIn, scrolling through the various groups and people in my feed of connections and groups I follow, I came across a post from the Start With Why – Simon Sinek LinkedIn page. It was a video clip in which Simon Sinek, the popular motivational speaker, marketing consultant, and worldwide lecturer, broke down the difference between leadership and management — or…


In Your Leadership: How Do You Help Others Articulate Their Ideas? Part 2

Continued From Part 1

Ideas may exist in people who surround you, untapped, ready for the taking.

They can be harnessed from knowledge others are holding onto while they flesh out the details, knowledge they may not even be aware they hold, or knowledge which can be created through the curiosity they hold, which can also be tapped for vision generation.

Ask yourself these questions about…


In Your Leadership: How Do You Help Others Articulate Their Ideas? Part 1

One of the top markers of effective leadership is the ability to harness the resources at one’s disposal. That can mean anything from the physical resources of machinery, warehouses, and factories, to the physical work of individuals and teams in companies, to the technical work of strategy execution itself.

But it also means tapping into and harnessing the unutilized portions of people’s thinking — the abstract, the conceptual, and the knowledge which…


Our Leaders’ Lessons: Dan Starbuck Pelletier and Leadership – You Need To Live It

Dan Starbuck Pelletier, Founder & President – DIG USA

In this “Our Leaders’ Lessons” series of posts, I recap what I’ve learned, and what we can all draw, from the leaders I’ve interviewed for the Coach It Out with Everyday Leaders podcast series.

I’ve been lucky enough to be able to interview people from numerous fields, who serve different communities, come from varied backgrounds, but who essentially are all driven…


To The Future Leaders: All Your Experiences Structure Your Path Forward

In this previous post, I introduced this current series which covers a top-ten list of ideas I had provided to students at Quest 2017, a one-day summit hosted by Connecticut’s Chapter of Prospanica, in partnership with its community and corporate partners. The annual event is filled with motivational presentations, speakers, and workshops providing students with tools for the next chapter in…


Your Leadership Wake: How Do You Guide and Support Others?

This previous post had broken down the power and influence of leadership impact and introduced this series of posts covering where the wake from a leader’s actions can be observed and felt.

It outlined how a leader — or anyone, for that matter — can create and leave behind a positive, exhausting, or neutral experience for those around them, based on how…


Students: In Interviews, These Four Areas Of Focus Beat “Perfection” Every Time – Part 2

Continued from Part 1   

Keep this in mind: There is no such thing as perfection when it comes to making an impression of any kind, especially during an interview.

Much in the same way we might expend too much energy fighting off fear and insecurity, we can also expend too much energy fighting to perfect the impression we give…


Students: In Interviews, These Four Areas Of Focus Beat “Perfection” Every Time – Part 1

Don’t be perfect. Be You.

Recently, I sat on a panel of professionals at an event held for students from the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business. The panel was part of a series of career-oriented events welcoming the students back to campus after winter break.

The overall goal of the event was to get the students thinking about how…


Knowing Your Worth Doesn’t Mean You Need To Beat Your Chest

Does being good at something mean you should shut the hell up?

Not really.

Let’s walk through this.

Knowing and Demonstrating Value

To build up to answering that first question, first answer this: What does the expression of your value and values mean to you?

This question means to steer you toward two additional questions to consider: (1) How important are your value and worth to you? and (2) How…


Your Leadership Wake: How Do You Listen to Others?

This previous post had broken down the power and influence of leadership impact and introduced this series of posts covering where the wake from a leader’s actions can be observed and felt.

It outlined how a leader — or anyone, for that matter — can create and leave behind a positive, exhausting, or neutral experience for those around them, based on how…


For Your Own Development, What Do You Think Leadership Lessons Should Look Like?

Recently, in the course of researching and looking for new books to read, I was reading book reviews, considering what each book might offer, and I came across one of my favorite leadership books – The Leadership Challenge – How To Make Extraordinary Things Happen In Organizations by James Kouzes and Barry Posner.

I consider The Leadership Challenge to be my original leadership handbook and bible….


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