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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 worth is a demonstration that the promotion into the higher position…


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 on the best path possible to reach his…


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 they approach different areas such as collaboration, communication, and expression.

It asked us…


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 environment, for better or worse, whether in an official position or not – follows you…


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. It’s in the era…


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 who do go on to achieve their goals and…


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, and life – your friends and classmates – will move on…


How Does Your Role As The Leader Make The Case For Your Organization or Mission?

How do others outside of your organization view you? Not your leadership, not your organization, not your workforce. YOU.

Leadership, for the most part, takes into consideration what happens within an organization – how the organization and its mission are driven, influenced, and shaped by its leader.

The organization already should have its ongoing reputation established, staking its claim in its industry.

The workforce should be known for its commitment to quality and pride in the work delivered.

But…


Your Leadership Wake: As A Leader, How Do You Share Your Opinion?

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 they approach different areas such as collaboration, communication, and expression.

It…


What People (Can) Teach Us: The Democrats – Respect, Understanding, and Preparation

Democrats swept political seats across the country earlier this week on Election Day, picking up seats and taking control of state legislatures, governor’s mansions, city councils, etc.

Elections sweeps, some may say, in general, are eventually par for the course when one party takes the majority in each of the political landscapes at the federal, state, and local level – the next time around, the pendulum swings the other way to make up for a previous…


Paying It Forward Outside Of Our Lanes, Networks, And Circles

On November 11th, the Connecticut Chapter of Prospanica, the association for Hispanic professionals, with the support of its corporate and educational partners in the community, will be holding Quest 2017 at Southern Connecticut State University.

The event, delivering “a one day Education Summit for Latino/Minority High School Students,” seeks to provide focused guidance and resources to students who are nearing high school graduation and beginning to consider the next step in their lives.

Through the volunteers, participants,…


What People Teach Us: Jeff Flake – Environment vs. Principles. How Much Is ENOUGH?

When is enough enough for you?

This week, Arizona junior United State Senator Jeff Flake, a detractor of the President’s since early on in the presidential campaign season, gave an impassioned speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate in which he came out against and denounced the current state of U.S. politics and the President’s role in perpetuating the negativity, telling the President “ENOUGH!”

In an attempt to avoid a perceived complicity in the devolution…


Your Leadership Wake: As A Leader, How Do You Share Your Knowledge?

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 they approach different areas such as collaboration, communication, and expression.

It asked us…


Lessons Everywhere: You Can Learn Strategy In The Most Unlikely Of Places

Developing yourself is about learning and drawing knowledge from books, experiences, and other sources, refining the information and organizing it in such a way that it both suits and reflects you.

When it comes to retaining lessons learned from other people, that knowledge, which contributes to the overall package of who you are, should not all necessarily be drawn from one source. And there are various reasons for which it’s important to maintain a wide variety…


Listen To Your Gut: How Do You Feel When Your Leader Is Around Other People?

Aside from what a leader does in the workplace or mission environment itself, what do you take away from how your leader carries him- or herself around other people?

Do you use those moments to pick up on certain attributes you admire, are indifferent toward, or could actually denounce?

In general, there seems to be an endless number of leadership lessons we can learn, each with a different understanding of what goes into effective leadership.

But leadership isn’t…


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