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What They Teach Us: Simon Sinek’s Attempt At Weighing Leadership vs. Management

Leadership Lesson: Leadership and Management are different, yet equally vital and necessary. Understand them both. Respect them both.

Recently, while on LinkedIn, scrolling through the various groups and people in my feed of connections and groups I follow, I came across a post from the Start With Why – Simon Sinek LinkedIn page. It was a video clip in which Simon Sinek, the popular motivational speaker, marketing consultant, and worldwide lecturer, broke down the…


In Your Leadership: How Do You Help Others Articulate Their Ideas? Part 2

Continued From Part 1

Leadership Lesson: How do you use the questions here to help bring out what other people are thinking and what they can contribute?

Ideas may exist in people who surround you, untapped, ready for the taking.

They can be harnessed from knowledge others are holding onto while they flesh out the details, knowledge they may not even be aware they hold, or…


In Your Leadership: How Do You Help Others Articulate Their Ideas? Part 1

Leadership Lesson: Be able to understand how and what it is you can draw out of other people in the form of ideas and contributions.

One of the top markers of effective leadership is the ability to harness the resources at one’s disposal. That can mean anything from the physical resources of machinery, warehouses, and factories, to the physical work of individuals and teams in companies, to the…


Our Leaders’ Lessons: Dan Starbuck Pelletier and Leadership – You Need To Live It

Dan Starbuck Pelletier, Founder & President – DIG USA

In this “Our Leaders’ Lessons” series of posts, I recap what I’ve learned, and what we can all draw, from the leaders I’ve interviewed for the Coach It Out with Everyday Leaders podcast series.

I’ve been lucky enough to be able to interview people from numerous fields, who serve different communities, come from varied backgrounds, but who essentially are all driven…


To The Future Leaders: All Your Experiences Structure Your Path Forward

Leadership Lesson: You can’t build up into the future without looking back at the foundation of knowledge, skill, and experience you’ve built to date.

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…


Your Leadership Wake: How Do You Guide And Support Others?

Leadership Lesson: Leadership is about building others, engaging their best, and challenging them toward their best, to build toward a common goal.

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…


Students: In Interviews, These Four Areas Of Focus Beat “Perfection” Every Time – Part 2

Continued from Part 1   

Leadership Lesson: Great interviewing mirrors what we do everyday, when we demonstrate to others the quality of our work, skill, and character.

Keep this in mind: There is no such thing as perfection when it comes to making an impression of any kind, especially during an interview.

Much in the same way we might expend too much energy…


Students: In Interviews, These Four Areas Of Focus Beat “Perfection” Every Time – Part 1

Leadership Lesson: As in interviewing, perfection doesn’t exist. That doesn’t mean you can’t show them your best and what you’re made of.

Don’t be perfect. Be You.

Recently, I sat on a panel of professionals at an event held for students from the University of Hartford’s Barney School of Business. The panel was part of a series of career-oriented events…


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?

Leadership Lesson: Thinking about what you want your legacy to be — and what it might actually be as of today — helps you shape your leadership to work toward leaving your desired mark.

“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…


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

Leadership Lesson: Recognizing, knowing, and keeping in mind why you’re doing something keeps you fueled and fired up in the fight and work for 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 of Prospanica, in partnership with its…


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

Leadership Lesson: It’s important to understand that, although they will contribute meaningful value in other ways, not all people want (or need) to be leaders.

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…


Your Leadership Wake: How Do You Speak to Others?

Leadership Lesson: How a leader speaks to others sets the tone for the environment and creates a ripple effect in how those around them speak to each other.

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…


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