There comes a moment in our lives when we realize that something has to change. Whether you are recently divorced, have just lost your job, or suffered the loss of a loved one, moments of distress can bring about feelings of hopelessness and despair. As you look around at your life you may wonder, “What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I catch a break? You will likely start to question whether your life has any real purpose or if you are destined for a life of constant struggle.
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Look around. How many of your coworkers walk around all day like they are absolutely miserable? Professionals of all backgrounds and specialty areas are walking in to work with a frown on their face counting down the hours until 5:00pm. Continue reading →
The success of any business relies heavily on employee retention and engagement. Too often, Executives become so obsessed with bottom line results they ignore their most valuable investors-the people doing the work! In today’s market employees need a reason to share your vision. They need something to believe in. For many professionals the workplace is a source of anxiety, stress, and resentment. As a Coach, I have interviewed countless staff who are miserable and could care less about the success of the company they work for. WHY IS THAT?
Staff meetings are not typically the most exciting part of an employee’s work experience. Often avoided at any cost, they are regarded as a waste of time and resources for those who would prefer to be productive elsewhere. What most team members fail to realize is that staff meetings are actually an arena for self-promotion. They provide participants with the opportunity to promote their brand, share their ideas, and develop key relationships. For those who play their cards right staff meetings can help get them the job they want and the salary they deserve. Sadly, many employees are CLUELESS and don’t take advantage of what these professional gatherings have to offer. They speak and behave in ways that are destructive and contrary to the image they are trying to build. Are you making some of these mistakes? If you value your position and want to move forward in your career ready below to learn how staff meeting etiquette can help your reach professional Excellence! Continue reading →
So many women sabotage their careers by making mistakes that can be easily corrected. Before you start whining and feeling sorry for yourself take a good luck in the mirror and see if you are guilty of these infractions: Continue reading →
As a Director, I am a leader to a wonderful team of professionals. I love my work and feel privileged to be in a position where I can inspire others along their journey to success. Throughout my years as a Supervisor I have learned a great deal about what it takes to be an effective leader. Below is a summary of my findings:
1. A LEADER INSPIRES. Effective leaders know how to motivate his/her team. He/she is able to draw out each member’s strengths and help them develop as a professional. A leader is someone who a team member looks up to and respects-not only for his/her skill level but for the manner in which he/she approaches life.
2. A LEADER KEEPS HIS/HER PROMISES. A true leader always follows through! A team cannot respect a Supervisor who commits to an idea but then loses interest when confronted with a challenge. In order for a team to excel, it needs a leader who is consistent.
3. A LEADER IS PROFESSIONAL. There is no room for gossip, inappropriate language, or informal attire when in a position of leadership. A true leader know that he/she is a role model and acts as such!
4. A LEADER TREATS HIS/HER TEAM MEMBERS AS EQUALS. True Leadership requires a sense of humility. Staff tend to respect a leader who sees him/herself as a partner within the team-not a Dictator. Degrees and Licenses may look pretty on a wall but true admiration comes from treating others with respect.
5. A LEADER DEMANDS EXCELLENCE. Leadership does not equal laziness! A strong leader recognizes the value of hard work and will never accept mediocrity from the team.
6. A LEADER BUILDS TEAMS. An effective leader develops relationships with his team members. He invests time in each person’s development and takes an active interest in their lives. A Leader recognizes the danger of running an office like a factory and does whatever it takes to be a fully present, active member of the team.
Which of these qualities is the most important to you? What other qualities should we add to this list? If you are a leader in need of Executive Coaching email me now at firstname.lastname@example.org