Tag: Skills

To The Future Leaders: Know Your Value, Or No One Else Will

Leadership Lesson: You need to know and understand what your value is, as best as possible, before anyone else can recognize it, tap into it, or benefit from it.

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…


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…


Is Your Definition Of Confidence Holding You Back Or Pushing You Forward?

Leadership Lesson: It’s important for us to all understand where it is that confidence comes from, so that we don’t put some undo pressure on ourselves to find something extraordinary outside of ourselves before pushing forward toward what we want.

There are many interpretations — and misconceptions — of what confidence might be. Each of us will have our own experiences in life and work which shape the way we move forward. We’re molded by our paths and what we see, live, and learn.

One of the greatest drawbacks in learning about confidence is the misconception that exists in the connection between confidence and insecurity:  Many believe that a confident person does not have insecurities, but the truth is this is false.

But…


If You’re Stagnant And Spinning Your Wheels, You May Be B.O.B.

Leadership Lesson: If you don’t take advantage of the skills and knowledge your people want to contribute, they’ll burn out because they have no platform in which to burn off that energy.

Burnt…Out…Bored.

Are you Burnt Out Bored? So much of your talent, not only not taken for granted but not taken…at all.  You might have been hired or brought into a position that you now feel doesn’t necessarily tap into your true ability and drive.

It’s safe to say that there are limitations in the candidate interviewing stage as an interviewer and an interviewee can only get to know each other so much over the course of the process. In that stage, there’s no way to know the full potential of what can be delivered by both sides of…


Where Possible, Make Sure You Keep Volunteers In Your Focus

One of the underlying foundations of being a leader is the ability to harness everything that is at one’s disposal.

One should be ready to utilize everything in their environment, both that which is obvious and that which is not, to improve and grow that mission with which they are entrusted or toward which they are working. We should be ready to take advantage of tools that have always been realized and used, and those which we have to dig deeper to find.  Seeing that which others might not is part of being resourceful.

“Harnessing the power of volunteers is part of the resourcefulness of being a leader.”

But sometimes it is hard to find those resources that will make one’s missions easier…


Volunteering Provides More Value Than Considered At First Glance

“Volunteers are not paid—not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.”

— Author Unknown

Never underestimate the power of volunteering—the ability to step up, be proactive, and provide your skill set, time, and dedication to the cause at hand without seeking compensation or setting quid pro quo expectations. The cause can be a charity—which most people would consider the traditional benefactor of a volunteer—or your organization, or any other entity, party, or person whom could use a helping hand.

As another item on The Self 60 – Professional Development Mind/Setvolunteering can bring more value to your employer, for instance, by providing time or service that is not necessarily based on, or benefiting, your role in…


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