Tag: Experience

Context: Do You Seek The Deeper Meaning That Might Not Be Obvious?

Leadership Lesson: Lack of context in any situation can hold us back, and everyone involved can lose out if it’s not provided—or considered.

If we’re the one taking in information without the proper context, we might miss the bigger picture. If we’re the one providing the information, not providing the proper context can cost us what we want.

The influence for this post was a career preparation event I attended a few months ago at the University of Hartford. I was part of a panel taking questions from students pertaining to hiring and what should and shouldn’t be included on a resume or in a student’s demeanor or presentation when trying to make the best impression with possible employers.

One question that came…


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 welcoming the students back to campus after winter break.

The overall goal of the event was to get the students thinking about how to stand out from the crowd while interviewing for either internships or jobs.

In addition to my leadership coaching background, the balance of the panel was comprised of talent acquisition specialists and human resource professionals…


Lessons Everywhere: You Can Learn Strategy In The Most Unlikely Of Places

Developing yourself is about learning and drawing knowledge from books, experiences, and other sources, refining the information and organizing it in such a way that it both suits and reflects you.

When it comes to retaining lessons learned from other people, that knowledge, which contributes to the overall package of who you are, should not all necessarily be drawn from one source. And there are various reasons for which it’s important to maintain a wide variety of sources.

First, if you take all the information from one source, you become more of a replica of another person’s experiences than a person of your own making.

Second, taking it all from one source makes you equally susceptible to that source’s vulnerabilities. What he or she knows…


What’s In Your Collection? General Leadership Lessons Can Transcend Across The Ages

True leadership ability has no face. It has no title. Leadership isn’t limited to the few, but possible by the masses. It can be practiced by anyone.

Leadership is not about demonstrating power but encouraging it. Through that encouragement, it sets the tone and example for one’s environment, partners, colleagues, and acquaintances. It’s about being able to make the most out of one’s surroundings, through that encouragement and other proactive steps.

Leadership is not just going along with the crowd due to what’s popular or simple, but instead seeking betterment and improvement for all in new ideas where and when available, necessary, and possibly risky.

Much like confidence, leadership is not a learned skill but a realization of an ability, followed by ongoing refinement. You could even call it an…


Betsy DeVos: How Will Her (Lack Of) Experience Impact Her Performance?

Politics aside, what examples have you seen personally of someone with no experience tackling a new environment, company or industry?

Whether or not you’ve seen it in your personal life, we’re all witness to this type of scenario playing out at one of the highest levels of government.

Betsy Devos, a Republican billionaire, fund-raiser and philanthropist, has been one of the most controversial presidential cabinet position confirmations in recent history as she waited to be confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of Education under President Trump.

DeVos has been criticized


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