Most professionals will admit that time management is not their area of expertise. Business Owners, in particular, are
savvy procrastinators who will delay important tasks until the very last minute. This is not only detrimental to the business itself but also an indication of poor leadership. Continue reading →
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 →
“Excellence starts with a positive attitude and a great presentation!”
I first learned about excellence from my mother. A strong woman with unrelenting values, she raised me to show pride in my work by never accepting mediocrity. Initially focusing on perfection, I focused on creating work which was flawless and free from error. I soon learned that this approach was both unrealistic and unhealthy. Most importantly-it did not yield results. By focusing on excellence instead of perfection, I remained committed to my work and transformed my challenges into opportunities for learning. I used this model to reach all of my academic and professional goals including my current position as a Director for a large social service agency in New Jersey.
As a Supervisor I found a passion for the training and development of staff. High standards- with a focus on quality work and professionalism afforded me a reputation as a strong leader. I knew that in order for a program to be successful, its’ staff needed to thrive. I focused, then, on creating an environment where professionals could develop their strengths, challenge themselves, and feel fully supported by leadership. I began to share my skills with new supervisors, colleagues, and other professionals and soon transformed by approach into a theory of excellence focusing on presentation and communication.
In developing my model, I focused on those behaviors, practices, and attitudes which contributed most to my professional success. I highlighted the impact that appropriate work attire can have on your public image and the value of a positive attitude in the workplace. I brought attention to the importance of a strong work ethic and consistency in results. Finally, I presented a focus on the power of relationships in the professional world. The result- “The Wheel of Excellence” became the focal point of my business and the foundation for my work with professionals looking to move up in their careers.
Through my work, I often find myself reflecting on those professionals who remain stagnant in their careers. How are they different from those who have reached success? What personal and professional factors have led to their reality? Many individuals find reasons to fail because they don’t have the confidence to believe in their brand. I reject the notion that success is predetermined and fight every day to find that energy in each client I work with to strive for excellence. Every person-regardless of educational background or socioeconomic status is capable of reaching their professional goals. I hope to be that mentor and coach to those who need my inspiration and guidance.
I am thankful to my mother for helping me understand the difference between perfection and excellence. She is a true testament to the fact that hardship often leads to excellence when the only option is success!