Tag: Development

Track And Assess Your Developmental Stages, Or Lose Out On Who You Can Be


Leadership Lesson: Acknowledging the separation between who you’ve been and what you’ve done in the past, and how you plan to build upon that going forward, allows you to track, assess, and strengthen your development and growth.

The dog days of summer are a distant memory. The Halloween season is upon us, with the holiday season around the corner, and the new year not too far behind.

At this point, no…


Leaders Protecting Followers: How Many Forms Do You Think That Takes?

Leadership Lesson: Aside from protecting followers from outside forces, intrusions, and obstacles, leaders should also protect followers from the many ways they may limit, do in, and derail themselves.

I recently came across a graphic on Instagram that simply stated Leadership = Protection. In the caption below the illustration, the account asked Are you protecting your followers? Are you protecting your leaders? and then subsequently concluded A true leader protects all people around them.

Generally speaking,…


#SessionConfessions: You Need To Think About What Is Holding You Back From What You Need?

Leadership Lesson: You can’t be the best version of yourself while doing the same things you’ve always done and expecting a different result. Don’t be insane.

In talking to clients in coaching sessions, when it comes to development and improvement of any kind, there are so many reasons we (yes, “we”) don’t do what we should do — even more, why we don’t stop doing what we shouldn’t.

Whether by conscious…


In Order To Get Better And Move Forward, We Should Eulogize More People

Leadership Lesson: Getting in the habit of telling others what you think about them (before it’s too late) can provide a sense of fulfillment in yourself, along with both confirmation and encouragement in them about the value of what they’re doing, who they are, and how they impact you.

No, this isn’t some veiled attempt at convincing you to take out the competition in order to get ahead.

And no, it’s…


When It Comes To Your Development & Growth, Who Do You Have To Brainstorm With?

Leadership Lesson: Everyone should have partners and colleagues with whom they can share ideas, in order to form a development ecosystem that allows them to harness, reshape, and finalize their steps forward.

What I always try to get people I coach – or anyone else for that matter who seeks to get better at what they do – to do is consider what resources they have around them. I want them…


I Can Do That Too!: The Overlapping Attributes Between Follower And Leader

Leadership Lesson: Leaders and followers, through the behaviors and attributes they demonstrate to others, have more in common than one would believe at first glance.

Leaders and followers have so much more in common than we might think. Most of the time, the only difference between one and the other may be an official leadership name tag, plate, or title.

But regardless of whether or not that official designation…


A Rebuttal: Someone’s Missing The Mark On Understanding The Growth Mindset

Leadership Lesson: The growth mindset is not merely about a foundation of continual learning lacking experimentation or risk-taking. Understand that, and you’ll realize the value of constant development, evolution, and risk-taking.

When it comes to how we learn, develop, and push forward toward accomplishment, Dr. Carol Dweck’s seminal book mindset: The New Psychology…


An Interview About My Leadership Coaching: What The Hell Am I Doing On TV?

Leadership Lesson: It’s important to realize and understand your evolution to date, while at the same time sharing your growth, lessons, and message with others.

What the hell am I doing on TV? An introvert on camera, sharing what i apparently hadn’t shared with others in the past, and yet not being as a passionate as I should be.

Let me back up a step and provide some context.

Recently, I…


Learn From Your Own Past: Raising Your Passion Without Raising Your Voice

Leadership Lesson: Don’t dismiss the entire set of takeaways from a past experience because you regret any portion of it which may make you uncomfortable or feel ashamed.

Looking to the past is both important and a constant source for realization and improvement.

In addition to that realization of what we’re all about…


Remember! Don’t Wait For Your Next Audience To Package Your Experience For You

Leadership Lesson: Do not wait until your skills, attributes, and value are called upon, noticed, and appreciated by an audience, to continue building, demonstrating, and packaging what you’re all about.

We’re all performers.

No, we don’t all perform in the traditional sense of dancing, singing, or acting in front of others. But in the course of both life and careers, we are demonstrating who we are and what we’re capable of to others. Those others…


Make Sure You Recognize How Your Hobbies Contribute To Who You Are

Leadership Lesson: Make sure you understand that the true value and benefit you gain from the hobbies you explore can cross from one area of your life into another, serving you on all fronts.

I recently came across this Harvard Business Review article which covered CEO’s and how much they devote to their hobbies, or what the…


What Do You Do When Your Heroes And Leaders Aren’t What They Seem?

Leadership Lesson: It’s important to learn from the situations in which a “hero,” or someone you considered a true leader, turns out to not be at all what was perceived or expected. 

Recently, I was catching up with a friend I hadn’t spoken to in some time. What led them to reach out was an article they had found online and texted to me which covered…


The Quest for High School Students: Self-Leadership & Getting To Where You Want To Be

Leadership Lesson: For a student (of any kind), learning the lessons of leadership can begin as soon as someone shares with them both the lessons and the reasons why the lessons are important.

I got a good laugh recently when I showed the picture above to the high school students to whom I was presenting a leadership workshop. Right before I showed them this picture, I asked them to answer some questions by…


In Working With Others, How Do You Challenge Them To Make Them Better?

Leadership Lesson: Although leadership is about working to eliminate and minimize environmental, developmental, and mission-related obstacles, making someone or something better in the course of that work, it can’t be fully effective without challenging those who are led.

The leadership of yesteryear – coordinating people to carry out cookie-cutter, repetitive tasks that benefit a mission or organization – is long gone.

Even though most workplaces have evolved past that type of work and mentality, as time goes on,…


To The Future Leaders: Be Sure To Become Aware Of Yourself And Others

Leadership Lesson: You can’t begin establishing a strong foundation of effectiveness or success, without a deep understanding of who you are and of those around you in your various environments.

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…


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