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So you want to become a leader: here’s how

In Development, Leadership, Performance Management, Personal Branding, Philosophy, Strategy, Team on February 23, 2017 at 1:46 am


In today’s competitive environment, standing out can actually be the thing that gives you an edge. For instance, if you’re positioning yourself for a leadership role or promotion, It’s important to develop a strategy to consistently demonstrate your personal leadership traits.

To illustrate this point, let’s take a peek into Tim’s profile. Tim is an inspired, hardworking and conscientious high performer. Tim is great at stakeholder meetings and client-facing events. He is also an empathetic listener and hands on team player.

You could say Tim has high potential to be a leader: he’s a HiPo, that is, he has been identified as having the potential, ability, and aspiration for succession to leadership positions within the organization. However, Tim has no management experience, having never officially led a team before. Apart from his own self-confidence and what some of his peers and his manager know, Tim has no concrete data to make a strong case. What’s more, Tim works in a dynamic firm with dozens of others who could possibly be vying for the same role.

So how can Tim progress his career? Tim could start preparing for his performance review conversations by gathering data. You see, future leaders are made long before they are earmarked for success. It comes from your own desire to excel. So what steps do you take to ensure you outshine those vying for that one coveted position?

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How to keep our superheroes from flying out the door

In Development, Effectiveness, Leadership, Performance Management, Philosophy on December 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm

Did anyone see that happen? How is it that we’re here again? Another year over. Almost.

As we stand at the precipice of yet the end of another year, it’s about this time that we each get our mental notepads out, reassess the year that’s gone, and start to make tracks for resolutions for the new year approaching.

And not just us. Businesses do the same as they start to pump up the gears to meet deadlines before the big office close for Christmas. In the same vein, business leaders start to consider strategies for the year ahead.

So as we start to do all this, we also need to think about how we can prevent our high performers who may also be considering their next move in the coming new year. You know, the superheroes who, according to a recent article published by Harvard Business Review, can deliver 400 percent more productivity than the average performer. Surely we didn’t think they were simply going to sit around and wait for a Christmas miracle?

In all the planning, what are we doing to keep our superheroes from flying out the door?

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Waste not want not: The art of lean thinking

In Branding, Development, Effectiveness, Inspire, Leadership, Learning, Performance Management, Personal Branding, Philosophy, Positive Thinking on October 13, 2014 at 2:51 am

Ever heard the phrase a messy desk is a messy mind? Or ever heard a colleague utter the dreaded words: now where is that file? I had it right here. (Rustle rustle) Ahh there it is! Found it!

And surely you’ve noticed how much longer it takes you to find things in a cluttered environment?

It starts with space. Your space defines who you are.

Some view this as a tangible showcase of where you call home. Or perhaps where you work.

The realists. The rationalists. They speak in quantifiable amounts of things you can tick off on a checklist. The house. The garden. The extra room. The office. The desk. These are extensions to their existence. It becomes an external factor.

The dreamers, the free spirits, however, have a slightly different take on this. In their eyes, your space is right where you are at that given moment in time. It is an internal factor. A different philosophy.

Neither is right or wrong.

But no matter what school of thought you live by, lean thinking applies to both when progress and performance is at stake.

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