Tag: Strategy

In Your Leadership: How Do You Develop The Short-Term While Satisfying The Long-Term?

Leadership Lesson: It’s important to constantly assess and consider both what you take in in the short-term and how it contributes to your long-term plans and satisfaction, ensuring you’re not giving away too much, or gaining little or nothing in return. 

Do you want to be happy? Or do you want to be satisfied? Is there a difference? 

According to the article A Nobel-Prize-winning psychologist says most people don’t really want to be happy, there is.

Following its title’s lead, the article covers people’s attitude about and work toward happiness — or, actually, how we don’t ascribe it correctly.  


To The Future Leaders: Do Not Wait For Life To Come To You

Leadership Lesson: Most of what we are capable of in this world, whether in our lives or careers, can only take place if we are proactive in pursuing it, refusing to wait for the right circumstances and luck to present themselves.

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…


How Do You Refocus, Recharge, And Get Going When You’re Stuck?

Leadership Lesson: Step back and recognize when you’re feeling stuck and the steps you need to take to refocus your attention, revise your plan, and push forward.

How do you recharge when you feel like you’re stuck and paralyzed while working toward your goals?

There will be times in the course of our work and lives when we might end up feeling like we’ve lost our energy, our motivation, or, in some cases, even our purpose.

For some, the heart doesn’t have to be in the work. For others, it’s paramount. Where do you stand?

Which one of these steps have you taken when your heart wasn't in your work anymore?#workplace #professional #career


Lessons Are Everywhere: 10 Leadership Lessons From The FIFA World Cup

Leadership Lesson: There are lessons everywhere — visuals and scenarios from which you can draw the deepest meaning and best examples of how to be a leader and bring out the best in yourself and others.

And, just like that, the fever is over, the games have ended, and the new champion is crowned. Powerhouses such as Brazil, Germany, and Argentina were sent home sooner than expected, while many more teams made it much further than the odds posted against them had afforded. The month in which the FIFA World Cup plays out is a great time to see the world faces in the crowd on TV and in the bars and restaurants in our neighborhoods and communities.

We look to the players…


To The Future Leaders: It’s Your Move To Position Yourself For Success

Leadership Lesson: Your definition of success should begin by determining where you need to position yourself in your various environments to have your value realized and tapped into.

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…


In Your Leadership: How Do You Help Others Articulate Their Ideas? Part 2

Continued From Part 1

Leadership Lesson: How do you use the questions here to help bring out what other people are thinking and what they can contribute?

Ideas may exist in people who surround you, untapped, ready for the taking.

They can be harnessed from knowledge others are holding onto while they flesh out the details, knowledge they may not even be aware they hold, or knowledge which can be created through the curiosity they hold, which can also be tapped for vision generation.

Ask yourself these questions about how you interact with others to help them articulate their ideas:                                       

Do you…
…stop to converse with others?

This one…


In Your Leadership: How Do You Help Others Articulate Their Ideas? Part 1

Leadership Lesson: Be able to understand how and what it is you can draw out of other people in the form of ideas and contributions.

One of the top markers of effective leadership is the ability to harness the resources at one’s disposal. That can mean anything from the physical resources of machinery, warehouses, and factories, to the physical work of individuals and teams in companies, to the technical work of strategy execution itself.

But it also means tapping into and harnessing the unutilized portions of people’s thinking — the abstract, the conceptual, and the knowledge which don’t stand at the forefront of their mind’s work or expression. It’s not only what they present and make obvious or explicit that is important but also what they hold that they…


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 opportunity.

I was asked again to present at Prospanica’s Quest 2017, the latest installation of the annual education summit, which, by working with its corporate and community sponsors, always seeks to provide a holistic exposition of educational and developmental tools to minority students from throughout Connecticut.

The event aims to make an impact…


How Does Your Role As The Leader Make The Case For Your Organization or Mission?

Leadership Lesson: Beyond being in the position to gets things done, we also serve as a representative of our organization, where we are the face and ambassador of our group’s quality, ability, and reputation.

How do others outside of your organization view you? Not your leadership, not your organization, not your workforce. YOU.

Leadership, for the most part, takes into consideration what happens within an organization – how the organization and its mission are driven, influenced, and shaped by its leader.

The organization already should have its ongoing reputation established, staking its claim in its industry.

The workforce should be known for its commitment to quality and pride in the work delivered.

But what kind of capital does a leader hold with those on the outside who…


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…


Leaders & Followers – How Do You Treat The Workplace Script?

Leadership Lesson: It’s vital to understand the culture and environment you’re coming into but even more important to maintain your objective, critical lens through which to objectively analyze it.

In coming into any endeavor or environment, it goes without saying that the more information one has, the quicker he or she can get up to speed so they feel comfortable making their own autonomous contributions.

To work toward common success, it’s important to provide methods and a foundation of knowledge to help those individuals acclimate to the environment as smoothly as possible. The more they know as they start off, the better they can do as they progress.

Everyone needs to be provided with the right tools to get started. They need to come into a baseline…


What Percentage Of Your Organization and Work Do You Own And Stand By?

Leadership Lesson: Anyone with any semblance of leadership development or aspirations needs to realize and determine how much of their environment falls in their hands and their ownership.

That question isn’t meant to be answered in terms of legal ownership or number of shares owned. The question means to ask specifically, How much of the outcomes of your organization, team, group, or mission are you invested in?

And, again, “investment” isn’t meant in financial terms, but instead indicates commitment.

The results borne out of the work of your organization or group — how much of that are you committed to? How much are you committed to the quality level of the work, whether it’s a service or product?

Donald Trump recently…


What People Teach Us: Merkel/Landrieu – Consider Your Environment Over Your Position

This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed a snap vote in Germany’s Parliament on the legalization of gay marriage, although she opposed the issue based on her beliefs and it was a foregone conclusion that the supporting votes would have the majority.

Regardless of her own personal stance reflected in her “no” vote, and the anti-gay marriage stance of her political party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), gay marriage was legalized by a vote of 393 to 226, as expected, in a legislative body where Merkel’s party holds only 254 of the total 630 seats.

What’s interesting is that although she voted “no” on the issue, Merkel’s tenure to-date has reflected a more liberal-leaning agenda, espousing LGBTQ anti-discrimination efforts, a stronger…


What People Teach Us: Nancy Pelosi, Part I – When Is It Time For a Leader To Go?

Leadership Lesson: Leaders should always consider their own effectiveness, the needs of their environment, and their respect for the opinions of others when it comes to their longevity and when it’s time to step down.

At what point does – and should — a leader decide to step aside for the best interest of their mission and group?

As a result of a Democratic Party loss in a recent, closely-watched special election in Georgia, there is a growing call for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to step down. Calls questioning her effectiveness in that role have been loud as far back as November 2016 when she was challenged by Representative Tim Ryan for her leadership role.

These calls for her to step aside and…


Time to Reassess: What Would You Change In Your Organization?

Help Wanted! 

Travis Kalanick and Uber have had a hell of a year, both inside and outside of his role of CEO of the company. But now that the founder is out as CEO, it’s time for the company to move onward and upward. 

There was just too much negative press in its recent history for the company to continue on with Kalanick at the helm. From alleged mistreatment of its drivers to allegations of a work environment hiding sexual harassment of women to Kalanick’s own drunken diatribe as a customer/passenger toward an Uber driver to executives leaving in droves as all the…


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