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The 5 Qualities of Successful Young Leaders

Filed under: Career Advice, Personality, Professional Development, Your Career

The best way to become an effective leader is to disregard it as a goal and instead focus on a learning journey that combines formal experiences in a workplace with selective experiences of your own making.

I recall in my early years that volunteering in different environments enabled me to test my capacity in unfamiliar circumstances with people from all walks of life. In many ways, these were far more enriching moments than my nine to five jobs provided me.

I began to learn the importance of exposure and reflection as a way to live a big life. Each time I exposed myself to a new situation, I knew I had learnt something valuable and I reflected on my response to it. This in turn kept redefining who I was and what I was capable of. I began to realise and continue to believe that we can all be borderless in our mindset if we keep testing our own capacity in different circumstances. It is my way of life.

Here are my five priorities for young people interested in becoming effective leaders:

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4 Pieces of Career Advice You Should Never Take

Filed under: Career Advice, Professional Development, Success, Your Career

Think of the most successful people you know and the people you aspire to be like. Did they follow conventional wisdom? Did they walk well-worn paths? Most likely, the most successful people are also the ones who blazed their own trail and threw conventions to the wind.

But we’re still much too likely to listen to the same tired advice we’ve heard over and over again when it comes to our career. Oprah probably wasn’t following this kind of advice when she rose to prominence as a talk show host and tastemaker. Mark Zuckerberg clearly wasn’t following the maps left in career advice columns when he started Facebook wearing his signature hoodie.

The most successful people are those willing and able to think outside the box. So why are we still following the same career advice? Here are four pieces of advice you’ve probably heard over and over again, and why it might be time to hit mute:

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Five Things Every Leader Should Do

Filed under: Good Habits, inspiration, Leadership, Your Career

I was recently asked what I saw as major focus areas for leaders. There are many things a leader needs to balance, but here are a few key things that they should always keep front of mind.

Create Focus: A leader should strive to paint an inspiring vision. Most people don’t want to run from something, but rather they seek to run to something. As individuals, we want to be a part of something greater than ourselves. A leader should paint this inspiring vision, and then articulate the priorities to help people know how to make progress against that vision.

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The “Fab 5” of Your Work Life

Filed under: Big Ideas & Innovation, Leadership and Management, Professional Development, Your Career

“You are the average of the five people that you spend the most time with. – Jim Rohn”

I’ve heard Jim Rohn’s incredibly insightful quote on a number of occasions. Each time I run across it, I have to pause — as the message is simply that powerful. Those we surround ourselves with can easily be viewed as a critical career choice; as we often absorb the outlook and passions of those around us.

Instinctively, we might apply this quote to our personal lives; quickly completing a review of our inner circle of friends and acquaintances. However, we should extend this notion to our work lives as well — as the same standard should hold there. Who do you interact with regularly? How do they influence your mood? Your level of motivation?

Those around us can affect our work lives tremendously — for the better — or for the worse.

We should all seek a group of individuals who spur us on, and help our best possible work life become a reality. Above all, the “Fab 5” should collectively have relevance to all facets of your work life. A group that would serve to serve as a powerful “career catalyst”, encouraging both exploration and excellence. The individuals may change over the course of your career. But, the roles should be remain represented.

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How To Build Relationships Of Trust

Filed under: Communication, Insights, Social Impact, Your Career

Trust is a core ingredient to build successful relationships. Both personal and professional ones. It is a major leadership characteristic. However, you can´t take it for granted. You need to work hard to earn trust and to keep it. 

Isaac Watts once said that “Learning to trust is one of life’s most difficult tasks.“ If you´re not seen as a trustworthy person you can´t neither form engaged relationships nor high performing teams. And without them you can´t become a successful leader and manager. If you were not careful, you can lose trust within days or even hours.

In today´s article I´d like to share with you my thoughts and what I consider being the most important principles to build, regain, and sustain trust:

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8 Things to Do During Your First Month at a New Job

Filed under: Behavior in the Workplace, Best Advice, Career Advice, Your Career

Congratulations, you’ve landed your first full-time job after graduation.

Now comes the hard.

College graduates’ first month on job sets the tone of their career, according to experts, which means they need to be proactive and put their best foot forward.

“It’s about the approach you take to your job — none of these are tasks, but attributes that you take on,” says Lynda Fraser, vice president of Human Resources Contract Division at Solomon Page Group. “It’s your behavior that will determine, ultimately, how successful you are.”

Setting and executing goals is key to career success at any level, but it’s particularly helpful for new workers.

“Don’t wait to shine,” says Nicole Williams, LinkedIn’s career expert. “As soon as you become a new hire, look for every opportunity to become ingrained in the company DNA. You’ll stand out as a star right away, and first impressions are so important.”

Don’t worry too much if mistakes happen at the start, just be sure to rectify the situation quickly. “There’s a bit of latitude and people do expect new hires to stumble in the first month — these can become teaching moments for the manager and the new employee,” says Mike Steinerd, director of sales recruiting at career website Indeed.com.

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Eight Rules for Success at Work

Filed under: Best Advice, Career Advice, Success, Your Career

We desire success at work and a satiating career. But what does it take to get there? In this article, I have jotted down traits that I have always adhered to. These work for me. These generic guidelines transcend industries and will help you too. If widely followed, they will also make the work environment a positive place for everyone.

  1. Be open-minded: All workplaces are not the same. So, it is best not to bring in rigid notions about your job, your team or your company. Instead, being open-minded allows you to imbibe the company culture and to successfully navigate through its dynamics. Observe, understand and quickly calibrate yourself to your new work environment.
  2. Learn: Boredom at a job typically sets in when you stop learning. Consistently strive to learn new skills and to apply them more efficiently. As Tennyson says, work “to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.” This will keep you enthused and help you deliver more value for your organization.

 

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These 4 Words Really Matter To Your Business Strategy

Filed under: Professional Development, Social Impact, Strategy, Your Career

“Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Remember that? Chances are one of your parents taught it to you to help you deal with someone who wasn’t being nice to you. The problem is, though, that it’s wrong.

Words are powerful. And they can hurt, particularly in the business world. They reflect attitudes, behaviors, biases, and simply old ways of thinking that can be harmful to your company’s strategy and mission. They reflect structures of thought and approaches to issues. 

So, in the spirit of respecting the power of words and spurring a healthy discussion, let me lay out four words/phrases that I think really need to change in the business world, and why:

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The Secret to Personal Power

Filed under: Best Advice, Cognitive Ability, Leadership, Your Career

There is such a thing as personal power, but most people haven’t encountered it even remotely. That’s because their notion of personal power aims at the wrong goal. They define a powerful person as someone with money and status who can exert his will over others. Such a person is imagined to be strong, smart, lucky, and more than a little ruthless. Examples crop up from Washington to Wall Street, any area of life where competition is fierce and the spoils go to the victors.

But the real secret to personal power lies elsewhere. The difference is that one kind of power, the kind I’ve just sketched, comes from what you do while the other comes from who you are. Before writing this post, I reviewed in my mind the qualities I’ve observed in the most powerful people I’ve met over the past thirty years, and it was astonishing how many qualities come directly from being rather than doing.

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Why Providing Critical Feedback Can Be A Gift

Filed under: Best Advice, Feedback, Professional Development, Your Career

Rarely are managers, in any field, well prepared to deal with employees who need corrective input. In fact, we’ve heard all too often how the whole idea of being critical strikes a note of “being mean,” “acting arrogant,” or “hurting someone’s feelings.”

And yes, being critical can be all of those things when misunderstood or delivered without support, care, and kindness.

But when you understand that life well lived is a journey of growth and expansion, then there have to be teachers along the way to provide helpful input. When left to only our own devices, our own perspectives, our own experiences, we can only replicate what we already know. And that’s what causes people to be stuck in a rut, unable to take their work life forward in a manner that is continually challenging and transformative.

So, if you are a manager, a supervisor, in any way someone who has the responsibility and opportunity to help other employees improve, please see your role as a gift.

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