The 5 Essentials of Leadership Development

“You don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.” — Les Brown

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How do you engage professional development? Do you have a leadership development plan? On your job? With a professional course or business book? Do you have an onsite coach or leader helping you?

Question:  What is THE best way to grow professionally?

Well, it begins with a foundation of at least these 5 essentials! What are they?

Well, I will share those with you momentarily!

First, though...

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5 Must-Do's to Re-Engineer Your Career for MORE MONEY!

5 Must-Do’s to Re-Engineer Your Career (or start one) for MORE MONEY!

Have you ever felt you wanted a fresh start or a new beginning in life? (A mulligan, for you golfers!)

 “It’s not too late to become who you want to be. I hope that you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you find the strength to start over.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald, writer & author of The Great Gatsby

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

I know exactly how that feels!

In 2007, I started college for the first time…at the age of 44! (I know what you’re doing. You’re counting the years to see how YOUNG I am, aren’t you?! Lol!)

One of my favorite phrases I created is:  In order to be your best, you must assess!

 

So let’s dive in to A New You 2.0!

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How to Achieve Stellar Strengths Engagement at Work!

Napoleon Hill, the iconic American motivational speaker and author, once said, “Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he (or she) is best suited.”

“Employee engagement is the art and science of engaging people in authentic and recognized connections to strategy, roles, performance, organization, community, relationship, customers, development, energy, and happiness to leverage, sustain, and transform work into results.” - David Zinger, Let’s Co-Create an Employee Engagement Charter, The Employee Engagement Network

 

So, what do you absolutely need to do to maximize your engagement at work?

Let me propose a MASTER KEY to living out your fullest potential in the workspace from over 3 decades of interactions with thousands of people.

As a former senior corporate manager and trainer, I an the first to acknowledge that other factors play essential roles such as…

chemistry, competency, contribution, character,...

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How to Overcome YOUR BIGGEST Hindrance to Your Breakthrough Right Now

Overcoming YOUR BIGGEST Hindrance to Your Breakthrough Right Now 

 

What is this BIGGEST hindrance to your breakthrough, you might ask? 

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Now back to some KEY insights...

Most people won’t do these things and YOU can capitalize on them for a huge breakthrough.

What is it?

  1. Make a list of the top 10 things you want to achieve
  2. Put them in order of importance
  3. BEGIN right now on a small step towards...
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Your Personal Power and Your Unique Strengths

 

Your PERSONAL POWER is multiplied and amplified when you:

-Truly accept and believe it…

-Grow and develop it…

-Use it to help others!

 

What exactly is your “personal power” anyway?

There are different definitions such as:

-Your influence

-Your integrity and ethics

-Your internal and external strengths

However Brian Tracy, one of the top sales trainers and motivational speakers in the world, has a Personal Power Formula…

YOU x Your Relationships=Your Personal Power

According to Tracy, your personal power grows by being “people-centered”. You have a tribe just waiting on you to influence their lives, hopes, and dreams! You just have to locate them through tribe tryouts. 

Intentionally seek out those that welcome you, your message and your gifts.

Remember in our previous blog post that you have:

-Your Story 

You have your own unique story, so learn to tell it powerfully and succinctly. Create an abbreviated...

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Your Unique Story, Skill Set, & Style!

Hello Friends and Strengths Advocates,

Have you ever thought…

I wonder if my personal story matters to anyone? Could it help others?

You have one, and someone out there is waiting to hear it! At times, we feel it pales in comparison to others' profound stories, but no matter what you have come through, it can help someone else out there.

“But it’s not one of those really horrific rip-your-heart-out transformational stories that only happen to other people!”

REMEMBER-Someone is always going through what you just went through, or what you’re going through.

What's you story?

Where did you come from and how did you get to where you are?

The 3 S’s” of YOUR Story:

You have your…

1.Unique story-Your Super-You Power

This is your unique life story. You should have both short and mid-length version of it to tell, depending on your time and setting.

Create a 2-minute and a 10-minute version.

Be ready to share it. Mine intro is…I should...

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It's Time to Get Some CRAZY Courage!

Do you have "insane courage"? Bold enough to crazily go after what your really want in life?

I am a doctor of personal strengths and teach people how to know where they fit and flow in their unique gifts and strengths; however, so many people do not have direction in their lives.

Frustration, indecision, and regret plague them. 

 

I recently talked with several individuals that seemed to be waiting, wandering, or wondering in life.

Waiting…for something to happen.

Wandering…around in their lives, not living intentionally and on-purpose.

Wondering…if they will ever discover their true calling and start doing their dreams!

Have you ever felt like that? Does that resound a bit with you now?

Sometimes, we simply need crazy courage to make a decision-that one decision that creates a ripple effect of exponential outcomes in multiple dimensions in our life.

You need the courage of Benjamin Mee!

Matt Damon starred as Ben Mee in the movie, “We Bought a...

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How to Find Your Catalyst to Catapult You to Stardom

One seemingly, by-chance, catalytic event may change your destiny RIGHT NOW!

Sometimes, the connection seems so ordinary and mundane that it’s hard to believe…but BAM! A catalyst has just thrust you in a new job, a new career or a personal transformation that is nothing less than miraculous!

READ THIS:

A young man taught himself carpentry skills to make ends meet while pursuing an acting career. He was frustrated that things were not going his way he thought, but he landed a gig in small-time film. It was a start and he was just a background actor to boot!

He had to keep doing his carpentry side job because acting career wasn’t supporting him like he had hoped. Years later, the same director “accidentally” bumped into the now 35-year old while do woodwork at a studio. He remembered how the young man had been in a small role in his previous movie and asked him to audition for his new show he expected to do well. He did…and the rest...

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How to Get the MOST Out of Yourself and Your Team! (Part 2 of 2)

How to get the MOST out of yourself and your team (Part 2 of 2)

Last week I began a subject that I will complete today: How to get the MOST out of yourself and your team. This is part 2 of 2. So, if you didn’t read the email on part 1 I sent last week, open it first or read my blog last week on our website at www.thestrengthsacademy.com

You CAN know your strengths, and grow your strengths, whether as a team, business, volunteer service, or individually.

REMEMBER-To be your BEST, you must assess!

This analysis comes in several forms-evaluation, feedback, assessments, introspection, reflection, accountability, and several other identifiers.

No matter the methods, or possibly multiple approaches for that fact, challenge your team in discussion and dialogue moving forward in professional development.

NOTE TO LEADERS AND MANAGERS: Measure what matters.

 Review from previous week:

The SWOT Analysis

(I have attached a LINK HERE to see the expanded version about how to...

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How to Use a SWOT Analysis to Evaluate Your Teams’ Strengths

Have you ever walked into a business and everyone seemed to be doing his or her own thing? No one appeared to care much about you as a customer but was off in la-la land, concerned only with what they had to accomplish.

Worse yet, it seemed like the whole company functioned that way! Yeah, it’s crazy I know, but it happens in many businesses.

Where were the owners or managers to correct this behavior?

Who knows, maybe so buried in work in their offices that they couldn’t take time to see what was really going on.

SIDE NOTE TO LEADERS AND MANAGERS: People don’t always do what’s expected, but what’s inspected.

Later, I will spend more time dealing with what good customer service truly is, as I used to be a senior manager and corporate trainer of customer service professionals, but I will move on for now; however, great service seems to be rare in some sectors in the marketplace today.

Agree or disagree?

Questions leaders should pose to themselves and...

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