Category: Your Career

Are You a “Dual Citizen” At Your Company?

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

It’s high on the wish list of leaders: They want their employees to focus intensely on their specific roles, but also have a good grasp of the overall strategy. That way, they can see the big picture and appreciate how their work contributes to the broader goals, making them more likely to contribute innovative ideas.

Without that mindset, people can fall into a myopic focus on their own to-do lists. That’s how silos start to creep up — with people thinking of colleagues in other departments as “them” rather than “us” — and silos are what bring down even the greatest companies.

To encourage big-picture thinking, leaders have to find ways to communicate and constantly reinforce this idea of “think globally, execute locally.” Some have encouraged employees to think as if they owned the company — not in terms of ego, of course, but just to nudge people to lift up their gaze from their own desk and see the broader perspective.

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Breaking Through The Wall

Filed under: Career Advice, Focus, Strategy, Your Career

Do you hit the wall at work? You know, that feeling at maybe 3pm where you feel almost frozen from your head to your toes, unable to focus, mind and body wanting to stop or scurry to a diversion of any kind. From art to athletics, from the studio to the office, hitting the wall happens to all of us. What do we do when it happens? Stop running? Slap the writing tablet shut? Tune out the work and tune in social media posts, Youtube or television? Maybe. I prefer to engage one of the following strategies to break through the wall and discover what’s on the other side.

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9 Qualities Of Truly Confident People

Filed under: Confidence, Leadership and Management, Personality, Your Career

First things first: Confidence is not bravado, or swagger, or an overt pretense of bravery. Confidence is not some bold or brash air of self-belief directed at others.

Confidence is quiet: It’s a natural expression of ability, expertise, and self-regard.

I’m fortunate to know a number of truly confident people. Many work with me at HubSpot, others are fellow founders of their own startups some of whom I’ve met through my angel investment activity. But the majority are people I’ve met through my career and who work in a variety of industries and professions.

It comes as no surprise they all share a number of qualities:

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Four Principles to Inspire Innovation

Filed under: Big Ideas & Innovation, innovation, inspiration, Your Career

When I think about the past, present and future of the aerospace industry, I keep coming back to innovation as the common thread. And while we all know about the great innovations of the past, the crucial question to answer for tomorrow is: How do we inspire continued innovation into the future?

I recently had the honor of delivering the 44th Wings Club “Sight” Lecture – an annual address that examines “hindsights, insights and foresights” of the aerospace industry – and I thought I’d share the takeaways from that speech with you, along with four principles that I believe are necessary to inspire innovation at any company.

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To Understand Leadership, Study “Followership”

Filed under: Career Advice, Leadership and Management, Professional Development, Your Career

I was at a conference with 50 or so chief learning officers last week and we had a number of discussions about leadership.

Despite the fact that there are thousands of models, consultants, books, and assessments for leadership, this group hardly agreed on anything.

We did agree that leadership development is a critically important challenge, and we also agreed that most leadership development programs are too fragmented and not focused enough on the company’s specific, current business strategy.

That is, most leadership development and coaching focuses on “rounding out edges,” helping leaders identify their “towering strengths” and both leveraging them while identifying our derailers or blind spots.

I walked away with some interesting take-aways I wanted to share.

In order to study great leadership you have to study great “followership.” Great leaders naturally attract great followers. Who do we follow and why?

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7 Modern Ways To Leave A Lasting Impression

Filed under: Good Habits, Social Impact, Success, Your Career

Dale Carnegie wrote a fantastic book back in 1936 that really spelled out How to Win Friends and Influence People, and in my view it was so successful and continues to be successful because it contains such a lot of common sense about treating others how we ourselves like to be treated.

Unfortunately, we sometimes forget our common sense due to work and other pressures, and times have changed a little too, so I have put together a quick list with a few examples of both “old” and modern day areas to focus on to leave a lasting impression and be remembered for the right reasons.

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Make Your Communication Irresistible

Filed under: Communication, Your Career

That’s a rather audacious claim, right? But it’s true. You can make your communications compelling. How? By understanding the difference between “features” and “benefits.”

A simple way to understand the difference is: features are about you and benefits are about the other person. When you communicate with anyone through any medium—face to face, email, phone message, whatever—it’s critical that what you say is focused on the benefits the other person will receive from taking in your message.

Almost every message is an offer of some kind. Here’s a simple example: Imagine that someone is trying to schedule a meeting with you via email. Which is the more compelling offer: that they send you one possibility for the meeting time or several options?

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The Internet and Employee Productivity

Filed under: Career & Money, Distractions, Efficiency, Focus, Productivity, Technology, Your Career

New research from Deloitte and Google found that flexible approaches to technology contributed to staff satisfaction, retention and collaboration; when staff was happy with workplace IT, they were one-third less likely to leave their job than those who were dissatisfied. Woolworths and Air New Zealand have established “bring your own device” policies to allow staff to use their own technology while still ensuring security.

National University of Singapore researchers found in 2011 that “browsing the Internet serves an important restorative function,” more so than texting, emailing or working without breaks.

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First Impressions Count. Here’s How to Do It Right.

Filed under: Good Habits, Your Career

First impressions count. No matter what the circumstances are. Business, personal or even just a casual informal introduction.

In life you can never know when the person you are meeting for the first time will or will not play a role in your life in the future. Even if you don’t care, you should be concerned of how people you meet will perceive you.

So here are 4 rules I suggest you should use always when meeting anyone for the first time. Remember more often than not a first impression is everlasting.

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The Profitability of Dreams

Filed under: Dreams, Your Career

They say that to dream is the privilege of the young.

I think this is a beautiful saying, but it could not be more wrong.

It’s not that there is anything wrong with having dreams when you are young, within this expression is the unmistakable suggestion that once you get out into the “real” world you no longer have license to dream.

I would argue, by contrast, the dreams are a key factor in business success.

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