7 Areas of Limitation in Career Development

  1. Limited Self-Belief and Lack of Self-Esteem

As career professionals, we generally underestimate our own abilities and attribute a greater degree of efficiency and aptitude to others. This limiting belief holds career development back from achieving its full potential. Professionals who desire career advancement need to understand that their abilities match up competitively with others in their field. Developing self-belief and self-esteem are the first steps for successful self-representation. Confidence is contagious and easily identified.

  1. Self-Defeating Behaviors

Everyone has habits, some good and some bad. Bad habits interfere with career development. Saying inappropriate things or making improper gestures at the wrong time does not present itself favorably with co-workers, bosses, or gatekeepers. Behaviors develop reputations that precede professional engagements. Judgments are passed based on previous work behaviors and rumors are spread that illuminate this perceived flaw. Stress and fatigue contribute to less than desirable behavior and being aware of other’s reactions is a tell sign that should alert us to keep or replace enacted behaviors.

  1. Uninformed about Steps and Techniques Needed for Progression and Advancement

Most workers find themselves doing repetitive tasks and wonder why they’re not advancing. Some people are satisfied doing the ordinary, but not you (or you wouldn’t be wasting your time reading this). Ask questions – how did she move up so fast? What did she do? How did she do it? Who was her contact? Here are 7 steps that can be implemented right away and possibly the missing element needed for your promotion: 1. Create relationships 2. Be early, leave late 3. Do more than asked 4. Tell everyone how great your boss is 5. Support other departments 6. Ask for more work and do it 7. Ask for a promotion. If you don’t accept just getting by then you will advance. Ultimately, the blame for our failure or success rests on our shoulders and we need to identify the sequential steps to meet our needs regardless of how difficult these steps could be.

  1. Misaligned Goals and Values

Goals and values are not the same thing. However, negative effects are felt when they are not in sync. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Is that really where you want to be? What do you value most in life? Does that goal align with your most important value? When goals and values are aligned, there is an aura of synergy that is created, jubilance in work follows, new energy is created, positive momentum is created, and a resounding vigor is experienced. Do you feel a weight on your shoulders? Maybe your goals and values are in misalignment. What quick change could you make to have the two roads meet?

  1. Lack of Self-Awareness concerning Strengths, Knowledge, and Abilities (KSAs)

Never underestimate your education and life experience. Most people do. We all have strengths, but not all of us take the time and put in the effort needed to make innate strengths into abilities. Not knowing your strengths can limit your development for the long-term. What do you enjoy doing? What do you do without any effort? Where do you get the most compliments from others? We all have life experiences that shape our behaviors and attitudes. These life lessons are not learned or experienced by everyone. We learn by doing. It is common to underestimate our knowledge. We assume that others know the same things and others have had similar experiences. This is not the case. We share similar experiences within cultures, but the overall picture for each individual is unique. We are all different in our own ways and have something valuable to add to the conversation. Never underestimate your value.

  1. Inability to Communicate Effectively

Did you ever hear of the game “telephone”? A message is whispered from one player to the next and the message heard by the last player is always completely different from the original message. The biggest problem in today’s fast paced, over-worked, and over-informed environment is the inability to communicate effectively. As an author or writer, one learns to write as if the audience does not know anything. On the other hand, when we speak or write, we generally accept that our audience has a basic understanding of the topic. The error in communication lies in not clearly providing the message as it is intended. Critical points are excluded to maximize time, but those points need to be filled in by the audience receiving the message. This misunderstanding leads to crucial errors and ultimately destroys more time than was initially saved. Take the time to communicate your message clearly and effectively in the first place and save yourself the headache of having to clean up the associated errors.

  1. Lack of Leveraging Networks and Relationships

The general belief is that our closest friends and family are the only ones who would help us in times of need. Studies on social networking suggest that this is completely wrong. Your external network is willing to help and you need to leverage the benefits. Loose connections seem to provide greater benefits and they find greater opportunities that your immediate network could never realize. The power of your external network exists in its positioning which is completely outside your immediate network’s reach. Ask for support and probe your distant network to see how they can support your career development. People are willing to help. It’s our nature. Your external network could provide the needed boost that will take your career to the next level. If your distant network is limited then you need to create an action plan for cultivating connections. In today’s globalized and interconnected economy, competition is high, and relationships are gold. Ultimately, this works because of reciprocity and the genuine character of our kind. When you get the opportunity, pay it forward because what goes around comes around.

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Identifying Visionary Leadership on the 4th of July

The 4th of July, a day in history that presented the U.S. Declaration of Independence and changed the face of the world forever. The magnanimous courage expressed by the founding fathers was simply extraordinary. Opposed by a superior force and committed to an “all or nothing” strategy that yearned for independence. The 4th of July represents a true uniting vision that stimulated a resounding victory which has led to inspiring billions of people to have faith and courage in the face of fear. The 4th of July is a trademark of freedom and a symbol of visionary leadership that is constantly recognized and praised throughout the world.

The culmination of great minds who seen a healthier future and understood the consequences decided to take a leap of faith. Signing the Declaration of Independence sent a clear message that Americans were going to fight for Independence at all costs. The 4th of July was a day where Americans declared a war on tyranny and provided the foundation for democracy.

The unique system that was crafted beginning back in the late 1700s has stood the test of time and has been a blueprint for successful democracy. The future is unknown as it was back on this day in 1776, but our forefathers provided a design for leadership success that guides us further into the future.

  1. Make a meaningful decision that has a greater meaning than the self in mind and that has a greater call to action than one can imagine.
  2. Never relent on your vision and continue to improve the road to victory as you travel.
  3. Understand that tomorrow has to be improved upon by acting today.
  4. Lead with courage and integrity against all adversity.
  5. Hold with confidence in the face of fear and uncertainty.
  6. Craft a message that is beyond our years and reverberates with people in the future.
  7. Form partnerships with others who have an ability to contribute to the mission.

Leadership is about inspiring action and enabling others to draw their own design that aligns with the overall vision. Leadership is about creating vision that clearly identifies a better future and allows others to view the grand reconstructed beauty. The value of great leadership is priceless and the accomplishments forecasted by our forefather’s vision still echoes of intense commitment heard around the world.

We live today to nurture the visualization of freedom, independence, and democracy. The words crafted into the U.S. Constitution are the foundation of democracy and govern the laws that protect our freedoms. The incredible advances over the past 100+ years hold homage to the vision declared on the 4th of July in 1776. Let us celebrate what so many willingly gave their lives to develop and protect. Freedom.

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We NEED Ethical Leadership

GlaxoSmithKline to pay 3 billion in fines for bribing MDs to prescribe and illegally promote Paxil, Wellbutrin and Avandia where it was not regulated by the FDA and withheld research showing adverse effects (i.e. stroke).
MDs need to be held responsible for prescribing and endangering patients lives when they knew of the consequences.
Medical licenses should be stripped.
MDs take the Hippocratic oath and it doesn’t state that they should endanger people for their own financial gain.
**We all knew this was happening and now here is the proof.
Here is the Link to the full story in the Chicago Tribune: http://alturl.com/a87so
These are the problems at the top that are trickling down.
When leadership is corrupt, companies and followers crash and burn.
We need ethical leadership.
Collateral damage in the name of individual wealth is unacceptable.
We need accountability and transparency.
Checks and balances, oaths and laws, trust and integrity, are foundational and need to be leveraged for the greater good.
This is a prime example of why leadership is extremely valuable and important.
Crash and burn or survive and thrive? I know what Leadership I want to follow.

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100 Most Influential World Leaders of All Time

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Leadership Essentials: Public Speaking

Public speaking is the #1 feared activity which is why leadership is magnified through the lens of public speaking.  Great leadership is communicated with a superior ability to provide dynamic speeches in public that capture people’s imaginations.

The public speaking platform is essential for leadership and developing the ability to communicate effectively to large audiences is crucial for leadership excellence.

Great leaders such as JFK and MLK are instantly recognized by only a few letters because their ability to communicate in the public speaking forum transformed our world and culture. Their legacies have grown because new generations view their legendary speeches which speak volumes about them as individuals. Powerful speakers create a magical connection with their viewers that is simply captivating and is the basis of leadership.

The art of public speaking can be learned by any motivated individual who desires to make an impact with their leadership communication. A very skilful communicator creates a connection, motivation, inspiration, and action through their command of message and the relatability of their communication style.

Becoming a presidential type speaker takes time and deliberate practice is needed to develop the necessary skills. Some people have the natural gift of gab and are fearless in front of large crowds, but this is not typical of everyone.

Ronald Reagan, known as the “Great Communicator”, developed his speaking abilities first as an actor and then as a spokesperson for General Electric (GE) touring the country for over a decade. He developed his public speaking abilities that transformed him from an actor into the President of the United States of America. “Public speaking is a vital Leadership skill”.

Action Steps for Improving Leadership with Public Speaking

Learn to cultivate your personal story and practice communicating to audiences. Start small to gain confidence and then expand to keep challenging yourself after you become comfortable. The rule is, “if you are too comfortable, then you are not challenging yourself enough”.

I recommend initially videotaping yourself giving speeches which will allow you to be your first critic and reduce flaws before presenting to your first audience. Video feedback has been found to be one of the best ways to give and receive feedback. You won’t believe how you really look…

Secondly, joining a public speaking group such as Toastmasters.org or taking a Dale Carnegie public speaking class will increase your learning ability and simultaneously provide community support from like-minded people. Lastly, the cheaper way to develop your public speaking would be reading a book and I recommend “Stand and Deliver” – a small book that packs a large punch.

If your aim is to be a leader then public speaking is an essential skill you must develop for success.

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The Future of Leadership

According to Abraham Maslow, Peter Drucker’s management principles accurately apply to the leaders who have evolved and are at the top of human development. These leaders have met all of their requirements in life and their needs are fulfilled. The strategies purported by Peter Drucker neatly fit the lifestyle of the prototypical leader.

Applying Peter Drucker’s principles to leadership is an effective way to operate with efficiency and success. However, these tactics are only effective for a small minority of leaders.

Today, leadership is not based on old-school principles of preformatted industry giants with similar executive knowhow who replace each other with symmetry. Rather, the leadership role has embraced different styles and types of individuals that compliment the change in society at large. Tomorrow’s leadership will continue to diversify and change in lockstep with the ever adapting economy. The knowledge economy has shifted responsibilities of leadership to a new breed of self-starters and entrepreneurs who do not possess the skills required from a leader who fits into Peter Drucker’s leadership principles.

Employees are more informed, consumers are more informed, the media keeps leaders honest, and the distance between yesterday and today is vast. Differentiated leaders will be the norm, and differentiation will be the requirement for continued economic success. The leadership dynamics have changed in some places, and will change in most places in the near future.

Leadership is not an isolated position as it once was, but rather, an all-inclusive “lead from the center” task that requires more interpersonal sophistication and greater self-awareness than ever before.

The landscape of leadership is not a “one size fits all” equation and all the gimmicks such as the top five qualities list will not suffice for enhanced effective leadership. Rather, leadership is simpler than it may appear. Leadership is at times scripted because people are still sensitive, but the old playbook has evolved into a more advanced scheme.

The power distance has decreased which has exposed the leadership position to increased scrutiny. The generational gap once highly guarded at the leadership position has been removed and the unassuming are taking the leadership reins. These young guns are not the prototypical leader of the past. They have to fill the leadership role with effectiveness in order for success because the leadership position is a critical component to the operations of the business.

The younger leader has to meet the leadership demand with attentiveness and ingenuity that requires a set of prior needs to be met that comes with experience. The time has not been amassed to produce the life satisfaction needed to bring desired competence to the leadership position. Regardless, the leadership task needs to be met and alternative methods need to be addressed to compensate for the lack of life experience. These are weaknesses that need to be developed into competence and designed strengths need to be maximized and leveraged to achieve leadership success.

Implementing techniques to facilitate the learning sequence using a shortcut method is the ideal approach for today’s young leader. A bold prediction follows: The leaders of today will surpass the leaders of yesterday because there are more weapons available for development, there is more openness for accepting failure, and the leadership role has expanded to include those from any race, creed, or color. The talent that is allowed to develop today is far and wide. The internal competition will fuel results and the inclusion will empower the once excluded into our super leaders of the future.

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Strengths-Based Process: Leveraging Strengths for Success

We all have strengths – We all have weaknesses.

The common consensus is that we should improve our weaknesses to become more balanced and competent.  This misinformed belief leads people to become average. None of us are satisfied with average – there has to be another way to develop.

Yes, you need to be aware of your weaknesses and not allow them to inhibit your development.  Weaknesses need to be mitigated, but spending all of our time focusing on improving weaknesses is an exercise in futility.

We all have areas of weakness. There are several reasons for this and one reason is it is physically impossible to be perfect at everything. The best reason is that we do not mentally and physically enjoy doing the things we are weakest at doing and spend less time operating in those areas.  We avoid doing things that are unpleasant and we gravitate to doing the things that we enjoy the most. The things we enjoy doing the most become our strengths because we have more deliberate practice in these areas. Ultimately, we should concentrate on maximizing our strengths because we enjoy spending our energy and time focusing on these areas.

  • We have more to offer others when we express our strengths and cultivate our expertise.

Now that we have a mutual understanding on strengths and weaknesses; let me introduce you to the lever that enhances the strengths-based system.

There is an economic principle called competitive advantage.

It states that two competent people making two items each usually possess the ability to do one thing better than the other.  When each of them focuses on their strength – they can maximize their output in their best area.

Each person can produce more of one item when focused on doing only the thing they are best at doing instead of including their weaker skill. Each person has an abundance of one item and they need to fulfill the need provided by the item they did not create.

The key to unlocking the strength-based process is TRADE.

Trade creates wealth and Countries use this principle well.  Our civilization originated by using a bartering system which grew into a money system which is all based on the economic principle of competitive advantage. We as individuals can leverage this principle for our individual competitive advantage.

The prescription for implementation is:

  1. We need to identify our greatest strength.
  2. Develop this strength to be the best it can be.
  3. Find someone else who needs what we produce and has      something of importance that we are weak at producing.
  4. Trade services and create wealth for both parties.

A Win-Win Situation by leveraging the economic principle of Competitive Advantage for personal and professional development.

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“Changing the Way the World Works”

#1 Reason Why People Quit their Jobs and the Solution

Employees are the life-blood of the organization and more employees quit their jobs out of frustration. People love what they do, but hate doing their work when they are managed poorly. The majority of managers and leaders do not have the correct skills to lead their workforce, and the turnover rate reflects this reality. They need an intervention and leadership coaching is the prescription.

Does the following resonate with you?

  1. Do you hate getting out of bed because you have a miserable boss who takes their dissatisfaction out on you?
  2. Do you fear communicating with your boss because of the common backlash?
  3. Does your boss hear what you say regarding your assignments?
  4. Do you get frustrated when your boss does not acknowledge your contributions?
  5. Does your boss present the team’s work as their own to make them look good in the eyes of their superiors?
  6. Is there constant backroom gossip that has a negative connotation towards your boss?
  7. Does your manager make you feel uncomfortable?
  8. Do you get the sense that your boss feels and acts as if they are above you?
  9. Does your boss ask you to work during your free-time without caring if they are imposing on you?
  10. Do people in your company agree that your boss needs to learn how to be a better manager?
  • 60% of Americans could agree with all of these questions.
  • 99% of all workers throughout the world could agree with at least one of the above questions.

This is why there is a need for Leadership Coaching.

Leadership Coaching does not only  enhance leadership abilities, but also improves interpersonal working conditions for all employees, improves overall company moral, improves work performance, reduces turnover, creates a culture of happiness, and creates a pleasant work atmosphere where people look forward to waking up in the morning to go to work.

Remember, “not all coaching is created equal”.

Recommend leadership coaching to: your manager – boss – team leader – district leader – general manager – the person you report to.  The benefits will amaze you.

The attitude/behavioral change does not occur overnight, but changes will start to occur within weeks, and a dramatic change will occur within 6-12 months that will greatly improve your whole unit’s work satisfaction. Don’t allow yourself or your valued co-workers to become the next casualty of poor leadership. Contact a skilled leadership coach to provide the necessary coaching – training – solutions – and awareness. Toxic leadership poisons the workplace, is contagious, and sometimes operates below the level of consciousness.

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“Changing the Way the World Works”

Team effectiveness and Leadership Innovation is Enhanced by the Devil’s Advocate

Every team, in order to be effective, needs to have a devil’s advocate. A devil’s advocate is a member of the team that provides conflicting information and challenges the common consensus to ensure that all alternatives are considered and safety procedures are put in place to avoid the identified problems. Decision making is enhanced through this process and a more confident strategy is enabled with the critically important work of a devil’s advocate.

Benefits of having a devil’s Advocate on the team

• Reduces group think
• Compiles all information for consideration
• Presents uncomfortable information that directly impacts the strength of the decision
• Presents alternate points of view that creates innovative thinking
• Creates more creative and complex team thinking and problem solving
• Prevents flawed decision-making
• Allows for group decisions to be based on all information instead of narrow information
• Allows team members to consider alternatives
• Empowers others to stand for an opposing belief
• Empowers members to disagree with the majority
• Creates innovative solutions and improves employee morale

Keys to implementing an effective Devil’s Advocate role on the team

• Opposition to ideas needs to always be professional and never personal.
• Do not let team members know there is a Devil’s advocate in play because awareness of this role reduces impact on team thinking
• Additionally, awareness of the role reduces respect for the presented alternative opinions
 Bad Habits
Unfortunately, this practice is eliminated in many group scenarios due to increased ego and an inability to handle criticism for ideas. Some of the greatest failures in our history were due to times when people were afraid to speak out against the majority. When leaders become corrupt with power they do not enjoy any opposition that could challenge their position.
Good for the leader’s ego at the moment – terrible for the organization, and all connecting associations moving forward into the future.
Get your devil’s advocate today!!

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37 Traits of Leadership

  1. Resiliency
  2. Integrity
  3. Charisma
  4. Vision
  5. Fairness
  6. Consideration for others
  7. Leading diverse employees
  8. Intellectual stimulation
  9. Courage
  10. Loyalty
  11. Dependability
  12. Self confidence
  13. Responsibility and accountability
  14. Flexibility
  15. Judgment
  16. Perseverance/tenacity
  17. Desire
  18. Mentoring and developing
  19. Decision making
  20. Communications
  21. Negotiation
  22. Delegation
  23. Empowerment
  24. Prioritizing
  25. Decisiveness
  26. Physical and emotional stamina
  27. Goal setting
  28. Planning
  29. Organizing
  30. Measuring business performance
  31. Measuring employee performance
  32. Assessing risks
  33. Reward and recognition
  34. Political diplomacy
  35. Timing
  36. Competitiveness
  37. Execution – getting things done
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