Tag: Development

To Move Forward, Answer This: Are You Taking The Proactive or Reactive Path In LIfe?

Leadership is about taking in and utilizing the resources around you, whether it is for a cause or mission greater than yourself, or for your own development.

The tools you need are there for the taking. It’s a matter of realizing it, identifying them, and reaching out to combine the internal knowledge you hold and carry with those external tools that are at your disposal.

No one can take that first step but you. No…


The Ultimate Question At The Heart Of All of Coach It Out’s Work: What Is Leadership?

Leadership is so many things. There are so many facets to it, examples of it, and sources for it.

To be clear: Leadership is not solely limited to someone in a position of power.

Leaders traditionally might have been seen as those that take, dole out, and build their power. But leadership is the opposite. It is not about taking, it’s about giving. That old-school way of thinking will not do in a world such as ours, which is changing…


Yes, Don’t Dwell On The Past. But Do You Get What You Didn’t Get?

Assessment and reassessment of one’s performance is key to growth, development and success.  But that review process should not only be limited to what we are doing or have been doing, or achieved.

What about those things which we didn’t achieve?

Have you ever gone for something or desired something that didn’t work out?  Did you ever interview for a job or volunteer for a project that went another way or was given to someone else?

Maybe you got…


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…


The Effectiveness And Honesty Of The Workplace “Just Sayin'”

“Just Sayin’” is a term that’s invaded and taken over conversations as a quick means for the user to note that they are just seemingly pointing something out without wanting to engage in a debate about what’s been pointed out.

Although it’s overused, it serves an interesting purpose in ongoing discourse.  It allows us to point out that something is off, amiss, or even objectionable, but that the main reason that the user is pointing it out is…


Volunteering Provides More Value Than Considered At First Glance

“Volunteers are not paid—not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”

— Author Unknown

Never underestimate the power of volunteering—the ability to step up, be proactive, and provide your skill set, time, and dedication to the cause at hand without seeking compensation or setting quid pro quo expectations. The cause can be a charity—which most people would consider the traditional benefactor of a volunteer—or your organization, or…


We Need To Rethink Embarrassment So We Don’t Limit Ourselves

As we develop and grow, there are instances where we need to take risks and step out of our comfort zone. Sometimes, we’re held back and inhibited by fears that in turn limit those development and growth efforts. But if we hold back in the face of fear, we’re holding back from both giving and achieving our best.

When it comes to fear, in essence, its most basic driver is that we always want…


In Your Environments, Be Sure To Consider Following The Golden Rule To Start

Although the bulk of The Self 60 – Professional Development Mind/Set is numbered and not necessarily listed in rank order, the placement of “Practice the Golden Rule” at number 1 is absolutely intentional.

First and foremost, and above all things, The Golden Rule– “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You”–says it all. This saying falls first on the list because if there were no other items on this list–no other suggestions or advice–as long…


For A Well-Rounded Appoach To Your Development, Be Sure To Take Advantage Of Your Friends

You should not take your friends for granted, but you should definitely take advantage of them.

This does not mean taking advantage of them in the traditional sense, where they are used to their detriment for your gain, but instead to take advantage of the value that they provide.

It means looking to your friends and the example that they set.  Much in the way it is important to analyze one’s surroundings and react accordingly, one should…


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…


It’s Time To Find Your Confidence When It Comes To Interviewing

Confidence can make or break you.

Your level of confidence may vary, increasing or decreasing from situation-to-situation. This variation is based on past experiences, and our understanding and level of certainty from one situation to the next.

Like with most things, confidence in the everyday is a matter of perception-it conveys what we think we see and feel. More specifically, confidence is the face demonstrating that which we understand and of which we are certain.

If we are, at least, seemingly certain…


As A Leader, Make Sure You’re Providing Reassurance In Your Strategy

As the field and discipline of leadership has evolved, students of its tenets have come to understand that leadership is less about the leader herself and more about what she provides for others. Understanding. Support. Education. These are but a few of the various pillars upon which leadership is built.

Another key practice a leader needs to include in her toolbox is reassurance.  The role that reassurance plays in the workplace and in life has grown…


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…


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