Tag: Reflection

#SessionConfessions: What Makes You Feel Different Keeps You Aware And Sets You Apart!

Leadership Lesson: Our differences – even the ones we believe set us apart in an adverse way – can be harnessed into great self-awareness about where we stand and how we can get better moving forward. 

We’re all so different. And most of us know it, feel it, and sense it. 

But do we appreciate it? Do we understand its value? Have we harnessed its uniqueness? Do we realize differences are pieces of us that set us apart – and that that can be the game-changer? 

This Inc. magazine article talks about those differences, how different we all are, and, most importantly, who (surprisingly) might feel that way – in the article it’s people we admire as those at the top of their game. Look at some…


Clichés: What You Lose Out On By Not Considering These Possible Words of Wisdom

Leadership Lesson: Be sure to think past the words of advice, and consider who’s providing them, what the context is, and the lessons being conveyed in them, before you dismiss them as cliché.

Do you know what’s best for you?

Do you know how to utilize the tools around you, both those you have to seek and those already provided to you?

For instance, when someone gives you something that sounds like advice, how do you take it in, and how do you utilize it?

Do you take it all into consideration? Do you only take certain pieces and reconcile them to your experience? Or do you dismiss advice entirely because it might sound too standard, cookie-cutter, and cliché?

Related: How Do You Break Down Advice To…


To The Future Leaders: Face Your Weaknesses And Fears

Leadership Lesson: You can’t work past a weakness or fear that is holding you back or paralyzing you without turning into it, analyzing it, and breaking it down.

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, work, and careers and is made up…


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 which has…


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 difference between leadership and management — or at least his own take on the distinction between the two disciplines.

Sinek, who is a bestselling author of various books on leadership, having sold millions of copies of each, has a strong following of “Sinek’s” and is always — ALWAYS — asking you to Start…


In Your Development And Journey, Have You Ever Thought About Why You Haven’t Quit?

Leadership Lesson: It’s important to think about, keep in mind, and give yourself credit for what has kept you in the game and focused to date.

“Have you ever thought about quitting?

That’s a question I got during the Q&A portion of a presentation I gave at Quest 2017, an education summit organized by the Connecticut Chapter of Prospanica and its corporate and community partners.

My presentation — Build Your Best Self To Tackle Your Goals — was built on the strategy of positioning oneself on the best path possible to reach his or her goals and was presented to minority students from high schools across Connecticut – the target audience of the summit itself.

The group was made up mostly of seniors and juniors,…


Your Leadership Wake: As A Leader, How Do You Acknowledge Others?

Leadership Lesson: How you acknowledge others allows them to feel heard and like a part of the mission, while setting the example for how others serve, work and interact with others.

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 one of many in the series…


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 action, initiative or plan you had previously committed to would be quitting.  You wanted to do something and, at some point, you decided it wasn’t for you and so you just backed out.

You started and you changed your mind. So, again, according to some, you’ve quit.

But, much in the same way it’s time to…


What People Teach Us: Hillary Clinton And Repeating (Recent) History

Hillary Clinton is continuing to make more appearances since having lost the Presidential Election in November to Donald Trump.

Her supporters are happy to see her and get her take on the first 100 days of the new administration. And yet others are quick to point out that she and other older Democrats need to step out of the spotlight to make way for a younger, more connected Democratic contingent to take over.

Many political observers feel, in hindsight, that her and the Democratic Party’s disconnection and inability to relate to the masses is what lost the presidential election and relinquished more of their party’s seats in Congress to the Republicans.

“Are we willing to be negligent enough to affirm people’s poor perceptions of us?”

But back to…


How Far Can Your Empathy and Understanding Take You?

Leadership Lesson: Leadership is nothing without being able to at least see and take into consideration the other side’s stake in and experience with an issue or an environment.

Politics aside, what does it take for you to see the other side of an argument?

Hypothetically, if an issue is brought before our group, how do we understand it as it applies to the greater good of a group and how might we try to relate to its cause and mission?

In January 2017, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan was confronted by a Republican attendee at a CNN town hall, where the man was able to address Speaker Ryan directly and tell him his own story in which he converted from staunch opposition…


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