Tag: Accountability

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 genocide that occurred under cloud of Nazi Germany.

Mark commented on the hate groups’ use of the platform he founded in a subdued manner that fell far short of condemning the beliefs of such groups, which was surprising considering he and his family are Jewish. His sister, as she states, felt compelled enough…


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 important, whether they are of a positive, neutral, or negative nature, not losing sight of their relevance.

How do you make sure you’re not taking your eye off the ball?

First, think about it as it applies to you.

It’s important to remember the thoughts, ideas, and drive you had for yourself in your path to…


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 of your physicality. I’m talking about your professional goals, life goals, developmental goals – anything where you want to be better and achieve more.

Desiring more is human nature. People want more. Leaders want more. We all want more. 

But how bad do we want it?

Most people tend to use the words desire and commitment interchangeably. Unfortunately, they believe…


Your Leadership Wake: In The End, What Would Happen If You Were To Leave Tomorrow?

Leadership Lesson: Always keep the future – the mid-term and long-term — in mind, and consider what things would look like and how well they would work after you’re gone.

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 to consider what a leader leaves in their wake.

This post is the last of the series…


To The Future Leaders: Tap Into The Value Of An Accountability Partner

Leadership Lesson: Accountability partners keep us on task and responsible for what it is we want — and need — to achieve, further developing and sharpening our skill set.

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 at Southern Connecticut State University by Connecticut’s Chapter of Prospanica, in partnership with its community and corporate partners. The annual event is filled with motivational presentations, speakers, and workshops providing students with tools for the next chapter in their lives.

The list is made up of tips students should consider as they continue on in their life,…


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 of political system, Flake announced he would not seek reelection in January 2019 and would instead retire, knowing he would face steep odds in maintaining his seat as his favorability numbers tank in his district while those of the President remain high. In addition to those…


What Kind Of Environment Does Your Leadership Leave In Its Wake?

You’ve seen it in your daily interactions. Sometimes it’s powerful while at other times it isn’t. Its effects can be either long-lasting or easily forgotten. It can influence you to the point of welcoming that experience again or avoiding such encounters as much as possible in the future. You can learn from some of them or not learn anything at all.

Sometimes, it’s even nonexistent.

A Leader’s Wake – the impact which results from a leader’s presence. What’s left behind. The ripple effect. The lasting impact.

The impact of a leader’s personality and style on their environment can run the gamut from great productivity and growth to debilitating withdrawal and uncertainty.

When it comes to a leader’s impact on his or her surroundings, what tempo,…


Leadership Hypocrisy: Do You Ask People To Do What You Won’t?

Are you a hypocrite?

Yes, that’s a real question that seeks an honest and self-reflective response. Whether it’s in your work or personal life, do you ask others to do things you won’t? Or, conversely, do ask others not to do something you do?

Oftentimes, we look at situations that we’re involved in, whether in life or at work, with the ultimate hope that they’ll benefit us — and rightly so. This isn’t to say it’s for selfish reasons but instead so that we are able to do our best in whatever environment we are working.

But, do we hold certain standards which yield better results for ourselves while undermining others by not holding the same standard for them – whether we are the ones impacting…


What Percentage Of Your Organization and Work Do You Own And Stand By?

Leadership Lesson: Anyone with any semblance of leadership development or aspirations needs to realize and determine how much of their environment falls in their hands and their ownership.

That question isn’t meant to be answered in terms of legal ownership or number of shares owned. The question means to ask specifically, How much of the outcomes of your organization, team, group, or mission are you invested in?

And, again, “investment” isn’t meant in financial terms, but instead indicates commitment.

The results borne out of the work of your organization or group — how much of that are you committed to? How much are you committed to the quality level of the work, whether it’s a service or product?

Donald Trump recently…


How Far Down Will You Go With The Ship If You Don’t Speak Truth To Power?

Leadership Lesson: Leadership at any level should include the integrity to stand up against something you don’t believe in, no matter how unpopular the insight might seem and who you might have to tell.

What does it take for you to stand up to a leader or a boss who keeps making missteps?

Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that in this case, we know what we’re talking about with regard to our own experience and specialty in our field, and we see the boss keeps giving misinformation, getting emotional in their response, or contradicting the information we’re defending our mission with?

How and when do we step in? Do we step in? If not, why wouldn’t we?

Fear? Intimidation? Retribution?

If we…


Flip Flopping Isn’t The Problem, It’s How You Do It That Is

The previous blog post How Long Do You Wait Before You Admit Something Isn’t Working Out? spoke about Flip Floppers, and about their right to change their minds, while making sure they don’t go about it in a reckless manner.

Specifically, the post notes, “It’s OK to change your mind. Just demonstrate why and what you learned.”

This still rings true, but as with anything else in life, moderation is key. You can only flip flop so many times and with such ease before your credibility suffers.

Usually, politicians are called out the most for jumping from side to side because they deal with issues that are extremely pertinent to public perception and, in some cases, an election. This week, the latest politician…


How Do You Balance Your Power Once You’ve Ascended In Leadership?

Disrupting the balance in an environment undermines the steps one can take to evolve and improve the environment. Through disruption which is too powerful and “unhinged,” you risk not just resetting policies, but relationships.

Politics aside, leadership needs to be about assurance and reassurance. Part of those assurances is that, in addition to meeting the goal desired by and for the organization, a minimal level of stability needs to exist in the present moment as work is being carried out to reach said goal in the future.

Regardless of a leader’s individual stance on an issue, it is on them to reassure their followers of, at the very least, a minimum level of continued maintenance and stability of the group going forward…


What People Teach Us: Mark Cuban On The Donald

This week, billionaire Mark Cuban formally endorsed Hillary Clinton after initially supporting Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump earlier in Trump’s campaign run.

Cuban not only endorsed Clinton, but had some strong words with regard to Trump’s leadership ability in the process.

Related Post: Flip Flopping – Fear or Forgive

How many people might be sticking with Trump in order to maintain appearances and not rock the boat in their tribe?

How many people, like Cuban, might adjust their view and provide support based on the work that is expected of a leader?

Showmanship can only take a leader so far.

A leader can’t only be loud, but steady. A leader must not only be passionate, but measured.

Being loud and passionate…


What People Teach Us: Bill Clinton — What’s Going On Behind The Curtain?

What can seemingly be more powerful than someone’s actions?

Perception.

With actions, the detail and results are known and, most often, witnessed.

With perception, the imagination of each person curious enough to think about an issue can roam wild and come up with its own interpretation of events. There is no limit to the imagination so, therefore, there’s no limit, really, to how a situation can be perceived from the outside.

“…the perception of the public can outweigh, weigh down, and even negate the true nature of one’s intentions.”

Take, for instance, this week’s impromptu meeting between former President Bill Clinton and current United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch on an airport tarmac in Phoenix, Arizona.  Her plane had just landed while his was preparing to take…


When Someone Has Betrayed Trust, How Deserved Is Restorative Justice?

On Election Day in 2015, Bridgeport, CT reelected it’s disgraced former Mayor, whom had gone to jail for seven years for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from those doing business with the City, to the Mayor’s Office.  Five years after leaving federal prison, he beat the incumbent Democratic Mayor in the primary to then go on and beat a fellow Democrat, who finished third in the Primary but ran as an Independent in the General Election, for the office. In some circles he’s now hailed as “the comeback kid.”

This scenario has some semblance of restorative justice. In restorative justice, one who has committed a crime or violation is rehabilitated to mend the harm that their shortcomings caused.  In essence, it repairs the needs…


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