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To The Future Leaders: In The Course Of Your Journey, Always Keep Learning

Leadership Lesson: In order to get better, continue evolving, and refine our development, we need to take on and utilize as much valuable knowledge as we can.

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…


What People Teach Us: We Should Broker Relationships To Build The Best Value

Leadership Lesson: Aside from helping those you know you can, it’s important to be sure to make connections for others you may not be able to help yourself.

Picture this: An actor, last known to many from a show in the 1980’s, has his picture posted on social media with the intention of shaming him for doing “menial” work today, bagging groceries in a grocery…


What People Teach Us: Opinions & Protecting Yourself From…Yourself

Leadership Lesson: You should take into account how others may view you, as an exercise in considering all points of view—and their merits.

An anonymous op-ed by a alleged White House insider claiming to be part of a “quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first” appeared in the New York Times last week. An op-ed crafted and published in anonymity is a first…


Who Took A Chance On You? How Do You Pay It Forward And Take A Chance On Others?

Leadership Lesson: It’s important to keep in mind those who played a proactive, committed, and invested role in helping you get to where you are today and how you’re paying it forward and doing the same for others.

Leadership is never solely about the here and now. It’s also about developmental accomplishments to date and working toward the future. We take what we’ve gotten and achieved up until now and…


What People Teach Us: John McCain And The Leader’s Legacy

Leadership Lesson: There are so many lessons we can learn from the leaders we’ve lost. Learning from their best attributes galvanizes their legacy and reinforces our own development and self-reflection.

It’s always sad to lose a great leader. Every day they lived they added strength to their reputation and resolve to their message. They knew how to live their life, espouse and live their values, and work for the betterment of the group. And, although…


Whether You’re A Leader Or Not, How Have You Walked In Others’ Shoes?

Leadership Lesson: Part of effectively helping and serving others is paying attention to and understanding what goes into the work they do and the needs they have.

In order to move people from the current state of things into a better future in the smoothest and most effective fashion, leaders should consider what it’s like to walk in their followers’ shoes.

Only by truly understanding everything his or her people…


How Do You Refocus, Recharge, And Get Going When You’re Stuck?

Leadership Lesson: Step back and recognize when you’re feeling stuck and the steps you need to take to refocus your attention, revise your plan, and push forward.

How do you recharge when you feel like you’re stuck and paralyzed while working toward your goals?

There will be times in the course of our work and lives when we might end up feeling like we’ve lost our energy, our motivation, or, in some cases,…


To The Future Leaders: Face Your Weaknesses And Fears

Leadership Lesson: You can’t work past a weakness or fear that is holding you back or paralyzing you without turning into it, analyzing it, and breaking it down.

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…


What People Teach Us: Randi Zuckerberg And Calling Out Those Closest To Us

Leadership Lesson: If done right, challenging those closest to us in a public forum has benefits and demonstrates a credibility that might not be so obvious at first.

Recently, Randi Zuckerberg called out her brother Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire founder and CEO of social media giant Facebook, on his comments regarding Holocaust deniers using Facebook to power up their platform and spread their claims about the…


What Do You Lose By Not Sorting Through Environmental Noise?

Leadership Lesson: It’s always important to step in and help others see each other’s points of view, so that everyone can work toward the common goal.

There is so much noise in our environments. Whether this noise is reflected in the inability to communicate, the wrong fashion of communicating, or allowing too much emotion into our communication, nothing moves forward and everything becomes vulnerable…


Lessons Are Everywhere: 10 Leadership Lessons From The FIFA World Cup

Leadership Lesson: There are lessons everywhere — visuals and scenarios from which you can draw the deepest meaning and best examples of how to be a leader and bring out the best in yourself and others.

And, just like that, the fever is over, the games have ended, and the new champion is crowned. Powerhouses such as Brazil, Germany, and Argentina were sent home…


The Leader’s Responsibility: Don’t Lose Sight Of Those Who Depend On Your Leadership

Leadership Lesson: It’s important to keep track of what others need, following up accordingly to make sure they are getting the ongoing tools, support, and trust they need to make progress, improve performance, and overcome challenges.

How do you keep your ear to the ground as a leader?

As you make your way through your environments, how do you ensure that you remember the things that are pertinent and…


To The Future Leaders: Know Your Value, Or No One Else Will

Leadership Lesson: You need to know and understand what your value is, as best as possible, before anyone else can recognize it, tap into it, or benefit from it.

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…


To Get To Your Goals, Your Biggest Disciplinarian Should Be You

Leadership Lesson: You need to be your own disciplinarian if you’re going to break what comes naturally – complacency and comfort — to build forward.

How do you keep yourself in shape? How do you keep everything tight, strong, and flexed, so you are prepared and ready to push through obstacles and achieve what you’re capable of?

No, I don’t mean physically.

I mean goals outside…


Here Are 5 Books For Your Journey To Overcoming Fear Of Failure

Leadership Lesson: Don’t overlook the power of books to fill in the gaps in lessons you may not see or have access to in your work or personal life.

Last week, I presented a workshop for B.I.G. – Believe. Inspire. Growa women’s empowerment network providing women with the inspiration, community, and tools to help them become…


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