Clueless Leadership! Can You Bear It? The Perils of Non-Communication
by Dawn Lennon - Jun, 2010
Do I have to say it too? “Communication is the backbone of good leadership.” Hasn’t it been said enough already? Aren’t there enough books, training programs, and speeches out there to drive home the point? Then why are so many people in leadership positions clueless? Why don’t they communicate well, at the right time, and with the right message? It must be faulty wiring. There seem to be four extremes. Leaders who:...
What Have You Gotten Better at So Far This Year?
by Andy Robinson - Jun, 2010
Business As Usual so far in 2010? In the day-to-day, week-to-week conduct of our work, business life and personal life, we do the things we need to do to accomplish our job and get things done. We exercise our talents to get these things done; we utilize our key skills to do those things as well as we can. Six months go by, a year goes by, lots of work is done, lots of things get done. but...have WE gotten better?... or a...
Are You a Resistor?
by Harry Urschel - Jun, 2010
Over the past 5 years, having taught over 20 – 8 week classes on job transition skills, I’ve consistently seen many people resist applying the ideas and techniques I talk about. Although they nod in agreement in class, they rarely, if ever, change any of their activities throughout the week. They continue doing the same things they’ve always done and expect different results (isn’t that a definition of insanity?). Why do...
How to Create a Personal Brand Without Being a Jerk
by Joshua Waldman - Jun, 2010
There are those talking about personal branding who are nothing more than ego-maniacs used to leading their high-school click. Personal branding is NOT the same as being the center of attention or creating a cult of your own personality. In fact, a good brand is quite the opposite. Let me explain what I mean. Your Personal Brand, their Emotions Think about Steve Jobs. What emotions come to your head...I think: “innova...
Want to Sell Your Ideas? Go Back to the Basics Of Effective Communications
by Beverly Jones - Jun, 2010
If you are a professional, chances are that communicating ideas is an important part of your job. Whether you are speaking to a single colleague or planning a major campaign, your success may depend on your ability to communicate in a persuasive way. And even beyond your career, your ability to be convincing can impact your opportunities for leadership and success in many areas of your life. Whenever you are planning a com...
Beware of “Bring Me Another Rock” Managers! Clarify Direction. Provoke Decisions.
by Dawn Lennon - Jun, 2010
They make us think we’re the problem. We produce work our managers assign and they throw it back. “Revise this,” they say. “What am I missing?” we ask. “It doesn’t quite address the issues,” they answer. “When it’s right, I’ll know it.” We go back to our desks deflated, believing that somehow we’re just not grasping things. We still don’t have a clear idea of how to “fix” anything. We start to worry that our caree...
The Beauty With The Briefcase
by Amanda Guralski - Jun, 2010
Back when I was in college, I fully subscribed to the philosophy of one Ani DiFranco, patron saint of angst-filled young women. One of her songs, “32 Flavors”, rang profoundly true for me, especially this verse: God help you if you are an ugly girl/’Course too pretty is also your doom/’Cause everyone harbors a secret resentment/for the prettiest girl in the room... Isn’t that the truth? As women, we just can’t win. If we...
Who Quits Their Job in This Economy?
by Barbara Safani - Jun, 2010
According to the most recent report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more employees left their jobs voluntarily in March (1.9M) than were laid off (1.8M). You may be wondering why so many are quitting their jobs in what is still a volatile economy, but the reality is that people quit their jobs despite economic indicators for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the reasons employees tell me they quit their jobs o...
Career Stock Raising
by Nan S. Russell - Jun, 2010
All requests are not equal; all customers or clients are not equal; all to-do-list tasks are not equal; all work responsibilities are not equal. You can do fifty things today and get little, if any, return on your personal investment for having done them. Or you can do one or two things which have a large return. You possess personal capital. It's comprised of your time, effort, knowledge and skills. Investing that capital...
Be a Self-Aware Leader
by Alexandra Levit - Jun, 2010
Self-awareness, which may be defined as being conscious of what you’re good at while acknowledging what you still need to learn, is one of the most underrated leadership skills. Apparently, it’s also one of the most rare. According to the Change Style Indicator, a research study on management styles that has been conducted for two decades, leaders are more likely to be unaware of how their behavior impacts others. Also, in...
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