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What’s In Your Collection? General Leadership Lessons Can Transcend Across The Ages

True leadership ability has no face. It has no title. Leadership isn’t limited to the few, but possible by the masses. It can be practiced by anyone.

Leadership is not about demonstrating power but encouraging it. Through that encouragement, it sets the tone and example for one’s environment, partners, colleagues, and acquaintances. It’s about being able to make the most out of one’s surroundings, through that encouragement and other proactive steps.

Leadership is not just going along with the crowd due to what’s…


My One Message To The Graduates In Order To Help You: Challenge Me

To you, as a graduate, here is a tip of tremendous value I can provide to you: Challenge Me.

Before we get to why, let me offer you congratulations on your graduation! This is a tremendous achievement in and of itself, but even more tremendous if you do all that you can to build off of it.

Whether it’s a high school diploma, or an undergraduate, graduate, or doctorate degree, you’re further along your path of knowledge (and…


If You’re Stagnant And Spinning Your Wheels, You May Be B.O.B.?

Burnt…Out…Bored.

Are you Burnt Out Bored? So much of your talent, not only not taken for granted but not taken…at all.  You might have been hired or brought into a position that you now feel doesn’t necessarily tap into your true ability and drive.

“…true personalities might not be honestly shown…”

It’s safe to say that there are limitations in the candidate interviewing stage as an interviewer and an interviewee can only get to know each other so much over the…


Everyone Can Teach You Something, If You Just Watch How They Carry Themselves

Free lessons in leadership exist in the everyday. They’re everywhere; you just need (and want) to look around and take stock of them.

Again, leadership exists everywhere and not just in those who have official titles or positions of “leadership” such as management. So look to the actions of those around you whose actions and demeanor work in tandem to develop, influence, encourage, build, and foster growth and value.

You should keep a lookout for these everyday…


Do You Understand The True Value You Provide To Others?

Your value, in large part, is made up of your skill, experience, time, work ethic, and quality, among other things. It is what you can deliver, what you can be, and what you can provide to make any situation, person, or experience better, whether inside or outside of the workplace.

Value is also the measure by which we might be perceived.  It provides the answer to the question What is it a person can provide to make something…


Return on Time and Just Plain ROT — Look Out For Them Both!

There are two types of particular ROT. One is Return on Time (ROT) and the other is, well, rot.

Upper-case ROT and lower-case rot are each spelled in their respective ways for a reason. The former serves as an acronym for Return on Time (ROT), representing a gauge or measurement such as Return on Investment (ROI) or Return on Assets (ROA), etc., and the latter carries less prominence and value, as signified by the lower-case letters, and means exactly…


If You Dismiss Your Needs Too Quickly, You May Be Leaving Money On The Table

Consider yourself first. Support yourself first. Trust yourself first.

All of these pieces of advice might sound selfish, but they ring true from the standpoint that one has to take care of oneself in order to give the strongest effort to both build their best life and impact others in the greatest possible way.

Sometimes we lose sight of ourselves. It’s as if we only focus on what we can physically see–which is everything and everyone else we come…


Hopefully You Realize That All Your Value Is Not Captured On Your Resume

We’ve always been told universities and colleges like to see a broad spectrum and balanced representation of activities on a candidate’s application, much in the same way an employer likes to see such a varied background when hiring out of college.  But in both situations, the listing of the involvement and achievements is similar to a degree: You can list it but what has it really done for you and how has it made you…


For Your Best Development, Don’t Just Take Any Criticism You May Get To Heart

As you enter the workforce or proceed in your personal life you’ll realize, similar to how you have seen throughout your educational career or life to-date, everyone is full of opinions.

Opinions can take various forms such as thoughts, considerations, commentaries, suggestions, recommendations, etc.

With regard to certain opinions, a lesson most of us have learned, which echoes and continues to ring true as we evolve and grow, is that negativity needs to be avoided in life. Such…


Whether You’re A Student Or A Seasoned Professional, Use The Self 60 List

The Self 60 – Professional Development Mind/Set was first compiled as a list of tips and concepts for business school undergraduates to consider and learn before entering the business world through internships or full-time jobs.

The list, so named for the 60 items which make it up. serves like other pieces of advice and guidance which should be walked through, item-by-item, in order to understand what the tips mean, how they apply,…


How Do You Think About Fear And How It Holds You Back?

“…Only Thing We Have To Fear Is Fear Itself…”

“You’re Your Own Worst Enemy.”

“What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger.”

Quotes, proverbs, advice–they’re all words for which the true meaning we might not have understood when we first read or heard them. Or we had some kind of at-face-value understanding–a vague interpretation of what we thought they might have meant. But then there are others that take us years or even maybe decades to truly understand and experience.

Related Post: Just Do What, Nike?

At…


Do You Seek Out Those Whose Approach Might Align With Yours?

Growing up in school one would see cliques everywhere. They were, for the most part, homogeneous—there just wasn’t too much of a difference from one member to the next.  But those younger cliques were traditionally about similarities at that one point in time, a snapshot of now as opposed to long-range goals.

In the workplace, there are still cliques, or “groupings.” They are those groups that have to do mostly with what their interests and similarities…


Do Your Best To Provide Fresh Perspective And Break The Cycle In Your Environments

Whether you are entering a new endeavor or navigating your established workplace, be aware of and try to resist falling into the quick sand of environments which are perpetuated by using the same approach without any adjustment in course or method.

Because they don’t adjust, these environments tend to miss out on and lack the results that could be possible for all stakeholders and parties involved because they address issues the way they’ve always been addressed.

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Is Your Workplace Busy Being Reactive Or Proactive?

As you enter the workforce for the first time or as you transition into a new job in general, be aware of what the modus operandi is of the culture you are entering.

We spend so much time trying to learn and better ourselves — investing in ourselves — that it is a shame when we begin working with someone, a group, or an organization which does not take that same proactive stance on both development and their…


On Your Way Up Through Your Career, Keep Reflecting On Your Past.

No one will ever be the same person at retirement that they were when they stepped through their first professional workplace door. Even if one remains in the same industry, or even in the same position, for their entire career their perception of their workplace, their position and their value (and values) will adjust as time goes on. There’s a constant natural evolution at work. (Pun intended.)

When I’ve presented to business school undergraduates ready to graduate…


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