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September 26, 2014

Are You Looking for Promotion In Your Next Position?

 Continuing with Leadership, our #9 Top Transferable Skill,  Let's talk about seeking a promotion.  

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I have helped many clients with an issue that they sometimes see as a barrier to gaining a promotion and repeatedly surfaces with job seekers....

How do you prove your leadership capability when you have not had the opportunity to hold a formal leadership position?  

After all, if you are competing for a promotion, you will be up against other candidates who may have had the titles the employer is looking for.

Here are some opportunities to start looking for now at work and in volunteer positions in the community to help build your leadership repertoire for that next big position:

  • Initiate projects and organizational problem solving...If you see an issue that is not getting solved at work form a team get some brainstorming done and lead the way to better processes!

  • Get involved on committees at work and professional associations...If you are not involved in professional associations in your field yet now is always a great time to get started.  
    • You can also find LinkedIn groups specific to your field or even your current/future employer...Join the group and be a leading contributor to discussions, answering questions, and sharing content.

  • Demonstrate competencies of good leadership in team assignments.

  • Volunteer for tough assignments...When I first joined the Army as a private, my step-father was a Drill Instructor.  He told me NOT to volunteer for anything in basic training.  Looking back I am glad I followed his advice, but the same is not true when you are seeking to gain leadership experience in a new field or for a promotion.  
Go ahead...raise your hand and take on that challenge ;)

So now that you have an idea of what opportunities to look for let’s talk about how to present your alternative leadership positions. 

If your alternative leadership position was work related add it to your duty description as an accomplishment. Briefly describe the issue that you spearheaded, highlighting the role you played in organizing and solving the issue.  Don’t forget to emphasize the end result!
If it was related to your field but not work related, create a Related Accomplishments section an highlight your industry specific achievements and leadership positions.

This is a bit easier in behavioral interviews.  When preparing for an interview, be sure to rehearse common questions like these….. with the answers describing your alternate leadership experience in detail.  Make sure to also rehearse why you chose to pursue that position or problem and how it relates to the job!

In reality it is easy to read as much advice and learn as many teqniques about getting higher pay and better jobs…but it all boils down to the effort you put into your own professional development. You can’t be behind the times in your industry and think it should be easy to get ahead.

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If seeking alternative leadership opportunities seems a bit overwhelming and out of your comfort zone, Find A Mentor!

Someone who is where you want to be or is genuinely interested in helping you grow professionally to reach your biggest goals!

Career coaches are notorious for genuinely caring about their clients and going great lengths to see them succeed **wink**

What is your take?  Do you have any tried and true methods for gaining leadership experience toward bigger goals? 
Share them with us below in the comments, you never know who you might be able to help J

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September 12, 2014

Do Bad Leaders Exist?

Are you a good leader? If yes, how did you figure that out ? Are you leading in the right direction, or are bad leadership qualities holding you back?

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Our #9 Top Transferable Skill is Leadership. There is a strong connection between leadership and performance. A clear and better understanding will enable you to enhance performance of your team, organization significantly.

Are You a Good Leader?

In order to produce the absolute best products and services in the marketplace, all team members must treat their work and their customers with great respect and care. It follows then that good leadership requires treating followers with great respect and care — the better the respect and caring, the better the outcome.

Common characteristics of Effective Leadership Include:
  • Listening to your Followers
  • Addressing their complaints, suggestions, concerns, and personal issues
  • Coaching people when necessary to raise them to a higher standard
  • Allowing everyone to put their opinion forward
  • Trusting them to perform
  • Ensuring everyone is fully involved in how the company reaches success
  • Providing direction to ensure that everyone is on the same page
  • Communicate the vision

Every person wants to be heard and respected. Everyone has something to contribute. Listening to and responding respectfully make it worthwhile for employees to apply 100% of their creativity, innovation and productivity and making them highly motivated, committed and productive.

Are there Bad Leaders?

I personally believe bad leadership is a product of poor professional development, lack of experience, and low emotional intelligence.  

All of which can  be "fixed"  to an extent. 

You also have to factor in personality which can play a direct role in good or bad leadership (we will touch on this in a later post).

Some leadership traits and styles work best in specific situations and horrible in others.  Here are a few characteristics of bad leadership:
  • Failing to listen or only perfunctorily listening to complaints and suggestions.
  • Exhibiting the “Do as I say, not as I do” mentality
  • Providing inadequate support
  • Turning a blind eye to workplace bullying
  • Withholding information
  • Treating team as if they don’t want to do a better job (Yes, I have seen this)
  • Treating them as if they are lucky to have a job (Unfortunately, I have seen this in action too)
  • Being afraid to discipline and never disciplining anyone

Bad leadership shuts off the natural creativity, innovation, and productivity of employees and slowly but surely demoralizes them. 

How Do You Know What Kind of Leader You Are?

Self analysis and others’ feedback is the most impactful way of knowing what kind of leader you are. 

There are many online tests that can help you know what kind of leader you are, but of course, you have to decide which tool is showing authentic results.

What is your opinion?  Are there "Bad" Leaders or is it just poor leadership development? Can "Bad" Leaders be fixed? 

Leave your thoughts in the comments below! 
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September 5, 2014

Stay Competitive with Personal Knowledge Management

Despite the fact that we live in an information driven society; have you ever worked somewhere that you felt the services and information were stale?

Maybe you are working there now.

Here is a short story about knowledge management, our #8 TopTransferable Skills,  and how you can increase your value and update your organizations practices.

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Once upon a time.... there was an organization that was so entrenched in protocol and frontline work that they neglected to stay current in best practices.

Managers were bogged down with meetings and “firefighting” and the employees were overwhelmed due to being short staffed.....

No promotions or new positions were to be had due to budget cuts. Things looked pretty bleak, but the customers made working in these conditions worth it.

But are the customers really getting the best service there is to offer?

What is an employee to do?

In a world where immediacy and instant solutions are expected; your ability to gather, manage, and share new information and ideas toward the achievement of company goals is part of what makes you as an individual a desirable asset.

Here is how to get started making some changes!

Have Out Of the Box Decision Support Tools Available

We all live busy lives…that is how things get stale in the first place…no time.

Keeping your knowledge sources automated will save you the time it takes to seek new information. 
Collect and aggregate information in your field from blogs, new sites, and professional associations with tools like blog feed readers , twitter, industry LinkedIn Groups , and Google alerts  to keep the most up to date information at your fingertips. 

Creating video playlists on YouTube of things you find from industry leaders is a great way to share information with others. 

For example, here is a fantastic playlist of 16 Ted Talks on thinking outside the box to work smarter.  I highly recommend taking some time to view these!

Improve Your Creativity And Brainstorming Skill

You can generate a lot of ideas with your new information… if you can keep up with all of it.

Keeping up with all the information you collect is challenging without a system.  Set aside a few time frames during the day to take in what interests you (I have a habit of grabbing my phone as soon as I wake up to check the time, weather, and a few minutes skimming my knowledge sources).

Don’t worry about missing information. 

Your professional social networks will revisit hot topics and you can tune in when you have time.  You can also bookmark information using Evernote for your personal use or Delicious to share with others. 

Now that you have an idea of how to digest some of that information here are some tips on how to get some good business solutionbrainstorming started.

Innovate New Business Solutions

While developing the next “Big” idea is easier said than done, getting out of the regular habit of everyday work thinking will help you to see and take action on opportunities.  No obstacle is too great when you feel empowered by knowledge; not even red tape and difficult coworkers ;)

Broaden Your Career Opportunities

Sometimes, even when you are bringing in fresh ideas and tools to help your organization do great things, your efforts only go so far. 

However, at that point you have enough confidence in yourself and your enhanced abilities to seek out better opportunities.  You will be equipped with skills that another organization will value and where the culture will enable you to grow. 

What tools do you use on your personal knowledge management journey? Share some of your ideas below in the comments on how to gather new information and stay fresh in your field!
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