Tag: Development

Mentorships Are The Connections That Bring All The Pieces Together

Leadership Lesson: Don’t forgo any part of your personal efficiency and strength, or that of your team or organization, by ignoring the importance of mentorship.

Mentoring is a powerful tool and experience.  Both the mentor and the mentee can gain from the relationship, with each side walking away more refined and better prepared for having partaken in, and extracted advantages from, the relationship.

In…


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 at Southern Connecticut State University by Connecticut’s Chapter of…


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…


To The Future Leaders, Here Are Some Tips For Your Path

Leadership Lessons: It falls upon each of us to keep in mind and share with others, especially students, the tips we’ve learned on our leadership and development path.

If given the opportunity, what tips would you ask students — or anyone younger than you, for that matter — to consider as they make their way through life, work, and education?

This past fall, I got that…


What Do You Mean When You Say “It’s Too Much Work” To Reach What You Want?

Leadership Lesson: We need to be honest with ourselves when it comes to truly understanding what goes into achieving the things we desire.

We’re each a work-in-progress. That’s been mentioned here before, and it’s an honest assessment we should begin with as we develop ourselves forward. All of us are evolving toward our own goals and definitions of success.

Only some of us will work toward or achieve those goals and…


In Your Development, Learning, And Experiments, What/Who Do You Fall Back On?

Leadership Lesson: As we go through our growth, development, and challenges, it helps to have environments and people to support us should we fall short.

Fear is a vice. It’s a grip. A crippler. It suffocates adventure and stifles curiosity.

We all have it to one extent or another. And because of that, it’s the basis for most everything that doesn’t happen in our lives, environment, or society.

We’re…


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 –…


What Good Is Someone’s World Of Lessons If They Can’t Come Off The Page?

Learning is important. That much is obvious, right? It’s at the core of what developing, creating, and growing in your life, workplace, and career is.

Some people will stop learning by choice. They’ve had their fair share of as much as they can — and would like to — take.

Others see the merit in evolving, changing, and recycling the knowledge, as it’s refined and further developed throughout their…


There’s A Difference Between “Quitting” And Doing What’s Best For You

Leadership Lesson: You need to understand that there’s a difference between quitting and situations where you’re doing what’s right for you, learning from what you’ve experienced to move forward.

Be honest: Are you a quitter?

Do you give up on things? Do you walk away from things? Do you just say to yourself “This isn’t for me” or “I can’t do this”?

Some people would say that to separate yourself from an…


In The Course Of Your Leadership, How Do You Pay It Forward?

So much goes into our leadership and development — in the present, for the future, and from the past.

Years of education and experiences combine to make up who and what we are today. It is up to us to take into consideration what is in our past, to determine what it is that made us who we…


How Strong is Your Voice for Your Value? What Will You Show Others?

How often do you get opportunities to demonstrate who you are and what you’re capable of?

Opportunities, in and of themselves, can be tricky as life is about taking the opportunities which you’re given at some points in time while making opportunities for yourself at others.

Too many people wait for opportunities to be presented instead of working around life and trying to…


Free Leadership Learning Tool: Learn By Comparing Your Bosses

Leadership Lesson: Use your own life and work history as a study in leadership development, by analyzing all your leaders to date, taking into account what made them either effective or ineffective.

Leadership development is not only learned from theories in books, or reading about leaders or those we admire from afar. It is also learned from what and who is around us. It’s not about waiting until we’re in…


In Your Life And Work, What Do You Allow People To Take From You?

Leadership Lesson: Make sure you don’t allow others to take anything away from you. Period.

Are you allowing others to dictate the course of your leadership and professional development? The development of those abilities and skills may be more out of your control than you know or would prefer.

But that’s only if you let it be that way.

These types of developments are not limited to the proactive steps you’re taking…


What People Teach Us: Travis Kalanick — Temper vs. Leadership

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick posted a “Profound Apology” on the company’s website to atone for or, at least, begin atoning for his behavior in a video which surfaced of him berating an Uber driver, while he was a fare in the man’s car, who had challenged him on the company’s policies which purportedly cost the driver $97,000 in losses.

In the…


Developing Your Leadership Is About Speculation, Not Emulation

Leadership Lesson: Learning leadership is not about copying behaviors, attributes, and approaches but instead about understanding the experiences we share with our leaders that can drive the same approach.

Leadership is a learning process. There’s no one magic bullet that is going to instill anyone with all the attributes, behaviors, and attitudes that are the right balance to shape the perfect leader.

The learning process can begin with books and theories but it carries over to, and is…


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