Leadership

Fantastic Leadership Resource Summary – 02/03/17

Every week I find articles, quotes, etc that I save and share on Facebook or re-tweet on Twitter about leadership.  I also have a theme day in my Facebook Group for leaders called Fantastic Resource Friday.  I thought it would be helpful to share these articles, links to Ted Talks, Quotes and my Creating Leadership Connections blogs with you each week in an easy to read summary format. Each Friday, I will create this summary including the links and a…
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Do You Know When It Is Time To Ask For Help?

                When I started working many years ago, I showed initiative, solved problems and got things done.  I was rewarded for it, so I continued to work a lot of hours and do those same things throughout my career.  When I started to lead a team, I should have realized that my job had changed and I needed to do things differently. This happens to a lot of new leaders, but even to…
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Help! How Do I Make This Decision?

I have talked about trusting your gut in some of my other posts when it comes to decision making.   There are times where you are dealing with such an ambiguous situation that you may not have anything else to go on.  We even had buttons in our office that said “ambiguity is my friend” on them because we had to deal with so many unknowns.  These type of situations will force you to make decisions with what you know at the…
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Your Leadership Moment: Will You Choose to be Calm?

If you have ever seen a picture of an iceberg you know that there is a portion of it that rises above the water and the rest is below the water.  This is the perfect metaphor for a leader.  Above the surface it is calm and everything appears to be good.  Below the surface, however, there are the unknown things occurring that we can’t see. I have been told that I am a very calm person.  I try to be calm…
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Do You Want to be a Leader or a Director?

For the rest of the week, I am going to dive a little deeper into the leadership traits that were covered in the post that I did yesterday. If you missed it, you can read it here.  Initially, there were two leadership traits that were very challenging for me to learn. This could be because they seemed to be in direct conflict with leading to me. What I didn’t realize then was that instead of “leading others”, I was actually…
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What Does A Confident Leader Look Like?

My first role with direct reports was a new role that didn’t exist before.   I had three direct reports and oversight of the daily activities of 22 indirect reports.  It was a little overwhelming at the time.  The great thing was I got to make up what the role would do, how it would work and define it all as I went along.   For a first time leader of people, it was a little scary.  There was no one else…
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The Power of Smiling in Leadership

Today’s article was written by Mona Reiser, a guest contributor and one of my former managers.  (You can see more about her at the end of the article.) She is one of the smartest leaders that I know and I am so honored that she is sharing one of her stories on my blog.  I was a part of the organization that is discussed in her article. I took many lessons from such a great management team and applied them…
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Don’t turn me in. I am an Impostor!

I heard an interesting podcast today on the subject of being an impostor.  This is something that many people feel throughout their career.  Here are some of the questions that go through an impostor’s mind: “What if people find out I don’t know everything that I should?  What if they realize I am not ready for this role and they shouldn’t have given me the job?”   Does this sound like you? Surprisingly this happens to many high potential people, especially…
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Are You Ready to Dream Big?

My husband and I went to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) tonight.  If you haven’t heard of them before, they are a group of singers, musicians, songwriters and storytellers that tour at Christmas time.   They have been playing rock music with a combination of art, stories and visual effects for the past 21 years.  They play some traditional Christmas music, as well as their own songs.   Many of the songs are so great that they don’t even require lyrics or…
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Do you Want to Build a Snowman?

  Christmas is officially on the way.   We put up the decorations in the house, baked some holiday chocolate chip cookies and then it snowed about 5 inches throughout the day and night.   I may be in the minority here, but I totally love the first snowfall.  There is nothing better than when you can just watch it as it comes down which turns everything white.  One of my favorite things is when you first walk outside in the snow…
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