Don’t worry, this is not another blog about COVID. Full disclosure though...the Academy has a staff infection. After 27 years, our materials are riddled with it. There are references to your “staff” everywhere. It’s no one’s fault. Staff has been used to refer to employees or personnel since the early 1800’s. It’s still common place in several settings like hospitals, educational institutions, and the military. Despite its ongoing presence in the workplace, it’s time for that word to … [Read more...] about Do You Have A Staff Infection?
If you’re an Academy Member, you’ve been through our consultation training and are likely familiar with the approach and methodology. You also know that the key to great consultations pivot on two primary pillars: Listening and Asking questions. These two pillars are the same approach that serve as the foundation to building and maintaining effective relationships, especially as a leader. Leaders are typically the first people others turn to for guidance and support in the work place. The … [Read more...] about Listen Up!
As a leader in any organization, you are sure to have a certain amount of power. But, as the saying goes, “with great power comes great responsibility.” During a recent conversation with a friend of mine, this quote came up and he said something along the lines of “yeah, like a workload you can never accomplish, long hours, and sleepless nights!” While my friend was joking, it occurred to me that many people might feel this way. As a leader in your firm, you may think that means you carry the … [Read more...] about Lessons in Leadership: Connecting Vs. Controlling
There’s no shortage of blogs, articles, infographics, and “gurus” in the world today all graciously sharing their secrets to success for those of you out there who either desire to be a great leader one day, or perhaps are already in a leadership role and interested in improving your abilities. This is one such blog. But hear me out! Stick with me over the next 600 words or so as I give you one – yes, just one – top tip to put your best foot forward on your path toward great leadership … [Read more...] about Want to be a Great Leader? Start Here
We talk a lot about what it means to be a great leader at the Academy – within our Academy team, with our Members, heck, even with our significant others, friends, and families. The concept of what it takes to be a great leader and role model for others in our company and what it means to be a stand for the success of our Members is an ever-evolving question and discussion. And it’s one I love to be a part of. This concept is so important to us, in fact, it’s written right into our “code”. … [Read more...] about How Do You Spell Leader?
In the talent management field, the importance of trust is not to be underestimated. To be successful in today’s competitive environment, leaders must build and maintain strong, trusting relationships at work. Charles Feltman’s The Thin Book of Trust observes 4 Distinctions of Trust that foster this type of relationship: Sincerity – “I mean what I say, say what I mean, and act accordingly.” It is always important to show honesty in the work that you do. When you express an opinion on a topic, … [Read more...] about The Importance of Trust
Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall. – Stephen Covey When I was in fifth grade, I was excited but nervous to be selected as one of only a few students chosen to be a part of the school Safety Patrol. I remember how good I felt to wear the orange safety belt and badge that clearly set me apart from the other students. Adults trusted me to advise students in those hallways. But then I started to … [Read more...] about Leading the Way
As a parent I learned that children are motivated differently based on their personalities. One size definitely does not fit all. Like most mothers, I gave every bit of effort I could to the parenting process; trying my best to contribute to the development of happy, well adjusted, confident, and compassionate people who would have the ability to fend for themselves in this challenging and stressful society. My motivation and effort were extremely high; however, I had no training or experience. … [Read more...] about Become an Awesome Boss