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

Leadership Lesson: Don’t be afraid to show how good you are. Holding back your potential makes no sense for you or your stakeholders.

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…


Your Leadership Wake: How Do You Listen to Others?

Leadership Lesson: You can’t lead if you don’t listen to your people or your environment. They see and know what you don’t. Get in the habit of listening.

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…


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

Leadership Lesson: Leadership lessons are everywhere. Open your mind. Be willing to look deeper into the unfamiliar, to draw out and see the lessons.

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…


The Leader’s Legacy: How Do You Determine How History Will Remember Your Name?

“History will remember your/their name…”

In the current political climate, tempers run high, patience runs low, and discord and distrust run amok. The political landscape has become unrecognizable and shifted so far away from what is considered traditional and typical decorum and behavior.

The one thing that hasn’t changed is how each side of the political divide continues to stake their claim on the higher…


To The Future Leaders: Make Sure You Recognize Your Drivers and Motivators

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 lives.

The list…


In General, Do We Need To Prime Every Person or Student As If They’re The Next Leader?

An article in The Atlantic, titled “Why are American colleges obsessed with leadership? What’s wrong with being a follower? Or a lone wolf.,” questions the need – or “obsession,” as labeled by the writer – of American higher education institutions to build the next generation of great leaders.

Much like various other discussions, a question underlying this article is whether or not someone can just be…


Your Leadership Wake: How Do You Speak 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…


To The Future Leaders, Here Are Some Tips For Your Path

If given the opportunity, what tips would you ask students — or anyone younger than you, for that matter — to consider as they make their way through life, work, and education?

This past fall, I got that opportunity.

I was asked again to present at Prospanica’s Quest 2017, the latest installation of the annual education summit, which, by working with its…


Keep In Mind: You Have To Earn Your Official Leadership Position…Twice

You need to keep earning your stripes.

Leadership doesn’t have to be designated or official to be effective, but in the cases where official positions are being discussed, leadership has to be earned twice – the first on the path to that official leadership assignment, and the second after the attainment of the new assignment.

That second bite at proving one’s leadership…


In Your Development And Journey, Have You Ever Thought About Why You Haven’t Quit?

“Have you ever thought about quitting?

That’s a question I got during the Q&A portion of a presentation I gave at Quest 2017, an education summit organized by the Connecticut Chapter of Prospanica and its corporate and community partners.

My presentation — Build Your Best Self To Tackle Your Goals — was built on the strategy of positioning oneself…


Your Leadership Wake: As A Leader, How Do You Acknowledge 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…


Through Your Leadership, Overall, How Do You Pass Leadership Lessons Onto Your Kids?

Among all the other lessons we try to pass on to our kids, what are the leadership lessons we can pass on to our children to put them on the right path to their own success and greatness?

Leadership is not only limited to the workplace. Your ability and aptitude for leadership – to make an impact on and influence your…


What People Teach Us: Rex Tillerson – Taking The Pulse Of The Organization You Lead

A United State diplomat, in a scathing resignation letter, chided Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and outlined both the deterioration and dysfunction of the U.S. State Department during his tenure, charging that he’s caved under the irresponsible strategy of the Trump Administration.

So, what can we take away from this case when it comes to leadership development?

Yes, this is an extreme example. It’s politics. It’s unconventional….


What Do You Mean When You Say “It’s Too Much Work” To Reach What You Want?

We’re each a work-in-progress. That’s been mentioned here before, and it’s an honest assessment we should begin with as we develop ourselves forward. All of us are evolving toward our own goals and definitions of success.

Only some of us will work toward or achieve those goals and successes, while others watch from the sidelines, not knowing they can get into the game whenever they choose to.

Those…


In Your Development, Learning, And Experiments, What/Who Do You Fall Back On?

Fear is a vice. It’s a grip. A crippler. It suffocates adventure and stifles curiosity.

We all have it to one extent or another. And because of that, it’s the basis for most everything that doesn’t happen in our lives, environment, or society.

We’re bred into fear from the youngest of ages: “Keep your grades high, avoiding that “F” (for “Fail”) or all your enjoyment, fun,…


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