Give a Gift without Expecting Something in Return

June 19, 2010 by · 11 Comments
Filed under: Leadership, Mentoring, Networking 

In the work of French soci­ol­o­gist, Mar­cel Mauss, it’s stated that “Gifts are never free!”. That when some­one gives another per­son a gift, they are always expect­ing some­thing rec­i­pri­col in return from that per­son. Now how much truth is in that really? Many of my friends and asso­ciates have argued with me when it comes to the notion of there being no such thing as a free gift. Some even have gone so far as to say that one should be wary of an unex­pected gift giver appear­ing before you and giv­ing you a gift. Espe­cially one you didn’t ask for. Is there really such a thing as a free gift? I say there is. Read more

Leading and the Multigenerational Factor

June 13, 2010 by · 2 Comments
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generational1 300x300 Leading and the Multigenerational FactorIf you’re in the work­force today you’ve prob­a­bly expe­ri­enced mis­un­der­stand­ings that occur due to peo­ple being of dif­fer­ing gen­er­a­tions. You may not know or believe that mis­un­der­stand­ings can occur due to peo­ple being of dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions, but they do and it’s sim­ply a fact of life. This sim­ple fact is prob­a­bly more impor­tant today than ever before and here’s why. For the first time in human his­tory, we have four sep­a­rate gen­er­a­tions work­ing together in soci­ety. Each gen­er­a­tion has its own char­ac­ter­is­tics, strengths, likes and dis­likes, and work­ing style. Read more

Managing vs. Leading vs. Directing vs. Guiding vs. Coaching vs. Supervising vs. Perceptions

May 23, 2010 by · 12 Comments
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Man­ag­ing vs. Lead­ing. I’ve heard many things and read many arti­cles about being a man­ager ver­sus being a leader. At the same time there have been many arti­cles and sem­i­nars on what I’ll call the com­po­nents of a man­ager and the com­po­nents of a leader.

Being a leader. Is it the same as being a man­ager? Is being a good man­ager the same as being a good leader?  What does coach­ing and the abil­ity to coach mean when it comes to being a good man­ager? When it comes to being a good leader? What does guid­ing have to do with lead­er­ship? With man­ag­ing With direct­ing? A man­ager has to know how to plan, orga­nize, direct and con­trol but a leader may not know how to plan, orga­nize,  direct and con­trol. Yet they are still a leader! Read more

Let’s Have Some Character; Keeping One’s Word

April 25, 2010 by · 2 Comments
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Coffee1 300x299 Lets Have Some Character; Keeping One’s WordKeep­ing one’s word. It’s prob­a­bly one of the eas­i­est ways to build cred­i­bil­ity and also one of the eas­i­est ways to loose it. Keep­ing your word is also one of the sim­plest ways to show char­ac­ter and integrity. Why do I say that? Let me tell you what recently hap­pened to me and how some­one, unfor­tu­nately, tainted their char­ac­ter by doing some­thing as sim­ple as not keep­ing their word on more than one occasion.

The other day I was with some­one who had intro­duced them­selves to a col­league of mine and I at a func­tion ear­lier in the year. His name was Robert and the func­tion we met at was being hosted by an orga­ni­za­tion that I am a mem­ber of. I also help to run many of the organization’s func­tions and this par­tic­u­lar func­tion was no excep­tion. Read more

Why Would Someone Want to be a Leader?

April 2, 2010 by · 11 Comments
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It’s a ques­tion I find myself ask­ing every now and then. Being a leader always comes with it added respon­si­bil­ity in some form or another. Added respon­si­bil­ity because every­one has things they are respon­si­ble for in their life. Whether it is their rent or mort­gage, gro­cery bills, school home­work, par­ent­hood respon­si­bil­i­ties, job respon­si­bil­i­ties, you name it. We all have them in some mix. When a per­son is a leader, added respon­si­bil­i­ties come about. With that added pres­sures, added stress, more hours most likely needed in order to get things done. So why would some­one want to be a leader? Read more

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