Leadership Traps: Communication Without Communicating

March 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Leadership, Relationships 

CommProblems1 Leadership Traps: Communication Without CommunicatingDepend­ing upon where you’re from, or what gen­er­a­tion you are part of, your view of what a leader should and should not be will vary. There are those who say chang­ing times call for changes in lead­er­ship styles. While that may be true for some areas of lead­er­ship, many basic char­ac­ter­is­tics of lead­er­ship still hold true today as they did back with pre­vi­ous generations.

A cru­cial area that has not changed is the abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate.  Com­mu­ni­ca­tion has added new tools to its reper­toire over the last cou­ple of decades (such as email and instant mes­sag­ing), but time tested com­mu­ni­ca­tion meth­ods are still needed today. To sub­sti­tute these time tested com­mu­ni­ca­tion meth­ods with email and/or instant mes­sag­ing would be to ask your team and peers to begin alien­at­ing them­selves from you. Why Read more

A Story of Influence

October 28, 2010 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: Leadership, Networking 

When it comes to influ­ence one thing is cer­tain. One’s abil­ity to cre­ate and main­tain a pos­i­tive rela­tion­ship is a must have skill. With­out the abil­ity to have a rela­tion­ship with some­one, there is absolutely no way to have influ­ence. Influence2 A Story of InfluenceOne can argue that power (through the manip­u­la­tion of money and/or vio­lence) can allow a per­son to have influence. I say that is sim­ply not true influ­ence but more so an invest­ment and use of fear. If given the choice, a large num­ber of lead­ers would pre­fer to use the power of influ­ence over the power of fear in order to get things done.

It All Started with a Visit

A few years back I was vis­it­ing the head­quar­ters of a very well-known inter­na­tional com­puter con­sult­ing firm. This par­tic­u­lar firm ser­viced my com­pany on many occa­sions and I was always happy with how their con­sul­tants han­dled my company’s requests. An acquain­tance of mine, Larry, was one of the company’s man­age­ment. While I was there, I noticed that many of the mem­bers of his team Read more

Aligning Actions with Values: Set the Example

October 2, 2010 by · 2 Comments
Filed under: Leadership 

LeadeByExample1 300x210 Aligning Actions with Values: Set the Example

Yes­ter­day, I was read­ing an arti­cle about the sen­tenc­ing of a beloved New Eng­land city mayor for receiv­ing a bribe while he was in office. The inci­dent in ques­tion was com­mit­ted about three to four years ago by way of him accept­ing work to be done on his home at a greatly reduced price in exchange for favoritism on con­trac­tual bid­ding for work need­ing to be done for the city he gov­erned. I say this mayor was beloved because even while he was being tried, hun­dreds of city res­i­dents flocked to the cour­t­house where the trial was occur­ring in order to show their sup­port for him. Dur­ing this mayor’s time in office, he cleaned up much of the city he gov­erned. Re-allocating funds for edu­ca­tion, clean­ing com­mu­nity neigh­bor­hoods by giv­ing police more resources to do their job,  chal­leng­ing processes that were (in his eye) not work­ing and mak­ing changes in key gov­ern­ment offices and posi­tions in order to help save the city from unnec­es­sary expenses and to  Read more

If You’re Not Where You Thought You’d Be at This Time in Your Career…

September 17, 2010 by · 5 Comments
Filed under: Leadership, Personal Development 

UnhappyCareer1 191x300 If You’re Not Where You Thought You’d Be at This Time in Your Career…If you’re not where you thought you’d be in your career at this moment, then you need to ask your­self some tough ques­tions and decide for your­self what you need to change in order to move closer to where you want to be.

The other day over lunch, a col­league of mine asked me what steps I took to get to where I am in my career. At first I was a lit­tle puz­zled by the ques­tion com­ing from him. William has always given me the impres­sion of being a “go for it” type of guy. When I asked him what he meant by the ques­tion, he told me that he wasn’t where he thought he would be at this point in his career and wanted to know what I did in order to get to where I was in mine. This was really an inter­est­ing ques­tion to me com­ing from him. Here we were, 10 years after Read more

Should A Leader Swear?

August 1, 2010 by · 5 Comments
Filed under: Leadership, Personal Development 

Profanity 300x300 Should A Leader Swear?A pro­lific leader by the name of Spencer W. Kim­ball once noted: “Pro­fan­ity is the attempt of a fee­ble mind to express itself force­fully.” How many peo­ple would agree with that state­ment? It’s also been men­tioned that a per­son who uses pro­fan­ity to con­tin­u­ously express them­selves is only show­ing their lim­ited com­mand of basic lan­guage skills. Most, if not all lan­guages, have mul­ti­ple ways of express­ing them­selves strongly for just about any type of sit­u­a­tion with­out the use of swear­ing or the use of pro­fane lan­guage. Some­times though peo­ple find the need to cuss in order to get the point across to others.

When given the choice of using pro­fane lan­guage, some freely choose to ver­bally let loose like the most tal­ented sailor as the say­ing goes. But what good is it to cuss? Read more

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