Tag: Workplace

Professionalism: How Do You Demonstrate It In Your Own Personal Way?

Leadership Lesson: When working toward something, it’s key to balance what we perceive as important in what we want to learn with the value that we already have, making sure not to let go of what is so special about ourselves.

What does it mean to “be professional?”

Last week, I was approached by a recent graduate who had reached out for some advice on how they could build up their professionalism. They had sent me a message based on a presentation I had given on emotional intelligence and leadership in the virtual world and my own coaching experience.

What ensued was a great conversation, with me asking them certain questions to get them thinking about enhancing (and not diminishing) their own value…


Here Are The Parallel Lessons Between A Great Leader And The Musical Conductor

Leader Lesson: From the responsibility to the stakeholders, to understanding what’s needed in the immediate environment and harnessing everyone’s talents, here are the common behaviors underpinning both the leader and the musical conductor.

This week, on LinkedIn, I came across a repost by the official Ted Conferences account (an account of the Ted organization) of an article from 2016 titled What great leadership and music have in common.

The article jumped out at me for two reasons. Well, specifically, two reasons I’m obsessed with. Two reasons I’m a junkie over. Two things that course their way through my life every day.

Absolutely. Every. Day.

Music and leadership.

In general, music is powerful. It…


Loneliness Can Be Everywhere: Disconnection, Frustration, And The Need To Move Forward

Leadership Lesson: Realize the disconnection and frustration loneliness might truly present and that you need to make sure you’re searching for ways to express yourself and your needs, in your personal life as well as your professional endeavors.

“Loneliness does not come from
having no people about one,
but from being unable to communicate
the things that seem important to oneself,
or from holding certain views
which others find inadmissible.”
― Carl Gustav Jung

I came across the quote above recently, and it stood out in how we define, interpret, and understand loneliness.

It speaks to the general loneliness each of us can feel from time to time. We can read its words and analyze their meaning as it applies to our idea of and experiences…


How Do You Step Up And Lead When A Void Exists In Leadership?

Leadership Lesson: How do you step up to fill in for leadership, bringing about the needed impact in your environment when leadership is nowhere to be found?

We see various forms of leadership all around us, from within our local groups and communities to the higher and upper echelons of domestic, international, and global affairs.

We’re accustomed to seeing someone at the helm, typically confident enough in their steadfast approach, balanced demeanor, and respect for the influence they have. In that leader’s self-awareness there exists a true understanding of the far-reaching implications and ripple effect of his or her power.

In most environments, those seeking the top leadership standing will vie for the power against others longing for the same position. And whoever wins the post…


Whether You’re A Leader Or Not, How Have You Walked In Others’ Shoes?

Leadership Lesson: Part of effectively helping and serving others is paying attention to and understanding what goes into the work they do and the needs they have.

In order to move people from the current state of things into a better future in the smoothest and most effective fashion, leaders should consider what it’s like to walk in their followers’ shoes.

Only by truly understanding everything his or her people have to go through and experience can a leader make the best decisions to effectively complement the ongoing daily work.

So, as they make their way, leaders should keep the impacts of both their general and specific actions and decisions in mind.

Keeping the specific impacts in mind means leaders shouldn’t be making decisions without truly understanding…


Knowing Your Worth Doesn’t Mean You Need To Beat Your Chest

Leadership Lesson: Don’t be afraid to show how good you are. Holding back your potential makes no sense for you or your stakeholders.

Does being good at something mean you should shut the hell up?

Not really.

Let’s walk through this.

Knowing and Demonstrating Value

To build up to answering that first question, first answer this: What does the expression of your value and values mean to you?

This question means to steer you toward two additional questions to consider: (1) How important are your value and worth to you? and (2) How do you demonstrate your value and worth to others?

The first question is very important, as it is the foundation for both. It asks you to understand what you’re capable of. This plays into confidence as…


Your Leadership Wake: How Do You Speak to Others?

Leadership Lesson: How a leader speaks to others sets the tone for the environment and creates a ripple effect in how those around them speak to each other.

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…


Your Leadership Wake: As A Leader, How Do You Share Your Opinion?

Leadership Lesson: It’s important for leaders — or any of us, for that matter — to be aware of how we convey our opinions, because the they are shared by a leader can set the stage, for better or worse, for the environment.

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…


Your Leadership Wake: As A Leader, How Do You Share Your Knowledge?

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 which breaks down a few of the areas in which a leader has the ability – and opportunity, depending on how you look at it – to establish their…


How Do You Cover The Journalistic Side Of Leadership?

Mission, Vision, Strategy. These are all drivers of action which get stakeholders inspired about what needs to be set into play to achieve the goals of an organization. These pieces of the foundation help drive the day-to-day operations toward goal fulfillment and should become engrained in the group’s story.

The effectiveness of a group or organization can sputter if the core of its communication, both internally and externally, falls apart or is unclear. Without a solid understanding of what a group does or is trying to accomplish, it becomes harder for stakeholders and supporters to get behind a mission, vision, and strategy.

That communication needs to be there. It needs to be conveyed. It needs to be articulated.

The story needs to be told.


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 – the impact which results from a leader’s presence. What’s left behind. The ripple effect. The lasting impact.

The impact of a leader’s personality and style on their environment can run the gamut from great productivity and growth to debilitating withdrawal and uncertainty.

When it comes to a leader’s impact on his or her surroundings, what tempo,…


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…


How Is Your Organization Or Group’s Leadership Viewed Differently, Internally And Externally?

Leadership Lesson: For a variety of strategic reasons, it’s critical to ensure the external image of a company to stakeholders reconciles with the experience of the internal stakeholders.

How often have you been in an environment where the external perception of leadership was at odds with the internal perception of that leadership?

In some cases, the public may praise the leadership of a group while the group itself has a negative opinion, for any number of reasons, about that leader.

Or, in other cases, the public scoffs at or has a negative opinion of a leader while the rank-and-file of that group supports him or her.

The latter seems to be the case with Uber and it’s former CEO Travis Kalanick, where…


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…


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

Leadership Lesson: Rather than assume others will see your value, no matter how good you think you’re doing, make sure you’re demonstrating it to others and that it’s something you always seek to constantly assess and improve.

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 lay down the tracks for creating their own.

So, in your personal, work, and professional life, how do you create opportunities…


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