Tag: Workplace

Free Leadership Learning Tool: Learn By Comparing Your Bosses

Leadership Lesson: Use your own life and work history as a study in leadership development, by analyzing all your leaders to date, taking into account what made them either effective or ineffective.

Leadership development is not only learned from theories in books, or reading about leaders or those we admire from afar. It is also learned from what and…


In All Your Endeavors, Where Do You Stand On The Bridge of Leadership

How does your leadership transfer across endeavors?

How effective is it from one environment to the next, whether adjusting from your professional to personal or any other environment in which you might operate?

How does it compare across the worlds, environments, and circles of both your career and personal life?

Where do you stand on the Bridge of Leadership?

We’ll…


Emotional Intelligence: This Is What It’s Like To Break The 4th Wall

Leadership Lesson: We need to step back and see from the outside how things are truly playing out, so that we’re not blinded by the emotion from within our role.

The world as we know it is seemingly deteriorating, falling apart as the divisions between the groups of our fellow men, women and…


In Her Return To Her Show, Kelly Ripa’s [Whatever That Was] Was Great!

What a way to come back!  I had seen somewhere on TV that Kelly Ripa, being blind-sided by an announcement that Michael Strahan, her full-time co-host of three-and-a-half years, was leaving in the fall to pursue a full-time stint on Good Morning America, was a no-show a day after the announcement.

Apparently she had not been told ahead of time of Strahan’s future departure and was shocked at the news. The show had to use guest co-hosts to sit in for her while she took time to process the news she received…at the same time as the rest of the world.

Was she disappointed by the fact that the news wasn’t shared with her beforehand or…


The Effectiveness And Honesty Of The Workplace “Just Sayin'”

“Just Sayin’” is a term that’s invaded and taken over conversations as a quick means for the user to note that they are just seemingly pointing something out without wanting to engage in a debate about what’s been pointed out.

Although it’s overused, it serves an interesting purpose in ongoing discourse.  It allows us to point out…


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…


When It Comes To How Success Is Achieved, Is Everyone On The Same Page?

What does success mean to you? Is it your success? Success of the mission? Success of the team? Success of others?

The impact on all of these groups should be considered as you proceed in carrying out your particular idea of success. More specifically, as it pertains to these constituents, each member should make…


For A Well-Rounded Approach To Your Development, Be Sure To Take Advantage Of Your Friends

You should not take your friends for granted, but you should definitely take advantage of them.

This does not mean taking advantage of them in the traditional sense, where they are used to their detriment for your gain, but instead to take advantage of the value that they provide.

It means looking to your friends and…


Never Assume You Can Speak For Others Unless It’s Agreed Upon

It’s always been advised that one should never judge a book by a cover. Hand-in-hand with that advice is the understanding that we should not make assumptions about anything or anyone.

These pieces of advice have as much to do with leadership as they do with surveying one’s entire environment and keeping an open mind as one seeks…


If You Dismiss Your Needs Too Quickly, You May Be Leaving Money On The Table

Consider yourself first. Support yourself first. Trust yourself first.

All of these pieces of advice might sound selfish, but they ring true from the standpoint that one has to take care of oneself in order to give the strongest effort to both build their best life and impact others in the greatest possible way.

Sometimes we lose sight…


Hopefully You Realize That All Your Value Is Not Captured On Your Resume

We’ve always been told universities and colleges like to see a broad spectrum and balanced representation of activities on a candidate’s application, much in the same way an employer likes to see such a varied background when hiring out of college.  But in both situations, the listing of the involvement and achievements is similar to a…


Do You Seek Out Those Whose Approach Might Align With Yours?

Growing up in school one would see cliques everywhere. They were, for the most part, homogeneous—there just wasn’t too much of a difference from one member to the next.  But those younger cliques were traditionally about similarities at that one point in time, a snapshot of now as opposed to long-range goals.

In the workplace, there are…


How Long Do You Wait Before You Admit Something Isn’t Working Out?

It’s amazing what connotations the phrases “Flip Flop” or “Flip Flopper” have nowadays.  Depending on what side of the issue one stands of which the “perpetrating” Flip Flopper is being accused of Flip Flopping, various opinions can be offered regarding the “perp.”

For instance, perceptions can emerge that the person didn’t have enough conviction to stick to their initial stance, that the…


Do Your Best To Provide Fresh Perspective And Break The Cycle In Your Environments

Whether you are entering a new endeavor or navigating your established workplace, be aware of and try to resist falling into the quick sand of environments which are perpetuated by using the same approach without any adjustment in course or method.

Because they don’t adjust, these environments tend to miss out on and lack the results that could be possible for all stakeholders…


Is Your Workplace Busy Being Reactive Or Proactive?

Leadership Lesson: Always monitor the environments you enter, in order to remain aware of whether or not those players are proactively anticipating and tackling the issues around them or merely reacting — and battling — fires that keep popping up.

As you enter the workforce for the first time or as you transition into a new job in general, be aware of what the…


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