In any situation, when we engage with others, it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it and present it. This shapes how we are perceived and inherently builds our reputation both personally and professionally. In the career search, how you say it and present it verbally or in print makes the difference between success and failure.
As a recruiter and career coach, I interview at least 20 candidates a day. Many are academic leaders and at the Chief Information Officer level in the career college and higher education markets. I have noticed a few unfortunate common patterns with the “saying it and presenting it.” This includes the following:
My greatest mentor was a man who could rip me limb from limb when I want performing, yet leave me with my dignity.
Delegation is about empowering employees to act and make decisions. When you delegate, you are assigning authority, responsibility, and accountability. Managers and supervisors who delegate effectively will always accomplish more than those who try to do all-important activities themselves. The free tutorial below discusses the important steps required for effective delegation.
Upon completion of this tutorial, you should be able to identify:
Good delegation practices
The importance of defining job functions
The conditions that promote a sense of ownership among employees
This is a free tutorial! Enjoy!
How To Delegate Effectively
If you have not been successfully training leaders, you have no right to refer to yourself as a "leader". "Cult leader" maybe, but not a "leader."
I am a journalist. I never thought I’d be so fortunate to say so. Since journalism was invented (this is an educated guess, based on the fact that reporters never change), the running joke in our field has been that the pay stinks, the hours are worse, but we wouldn’t give up our work for the world. If newspapers and magazines suddenly disappeared – a fate that once only seemed like fantasy – we’d find a way to keep telling stories even if it meant writing in our own private journals. And, with the field shrinking, that moment has arrived for many life-long journalists.
Avoiding conflict and controversy is avoiding opportunities to lead.
More than likely, you're as busy planning for the upcoming 2009 CCA Annual Convention & Exposition as we are. Now is as good a time as ever to provide you with an update regarding the progress of June's convention planning. We could also use your help in at least one regard.
Letting go of emotion is easier than letting go of people.
I have a story about 1% and how this esoteric, marginal mathematical digit can represent for schools the difference between mediocrity and excellence, breaking even or being highly profitable.
The Story of the Best Swimmer in the World
I remember watching the Summer Olympics swim competition and there as a review of the accomplishments at the end of the swim competition. The TV commentator was lauding the accomplishments of Michael Phelps, Michael this Michael that, how he was a millionaire, set for life, his world records and multiple medals. In marketing parlance, this guy owned the ‘Fastest Swimmer in the World’ brand.
Many people think humility is the opposite of confidence. To the contrary, humility and confidence are two components of leadership. One without the other, leaves one THINKING they are a leader … they are wrong.