Dare to be Different

Let me start by saying that I think it’s absolutely amazing how we are all uniquely and wonderfully made. That there's only one of you, one of me. Yet how many times have you felt unsure about yourself and letting yourself be seen for who you are?

Getting visible?

Putting yourself out there?

Let yourself be seen and heard?

As the incredibly talented leader you are, being yourself and daring to be different is exactly what’s needed to lead your best life and to lead in your organization or business.

When you are being true to yourself, leveraging your strengths, following your vision and speaking authentically – you are creating your brand and your tribe will resonate with that and want to be in your world. That’s how you differentiate yourself from another business.

And if you're in the corporate world, you are still creating your personal brand and that is what will enable you to be part of and lead high-visibility projects. And that will also extend to...

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The Confidence Equation

As an engaged leader, you know how important conveying confidence is.

It’s the key ingredient that enables your team or clients to buy into your vision or business - because they buy into YOU.

It conveys a strength, even if you don’t know all of the steps.

It conveys courage to take risks that are appropriate for growth, and even if the risks don’t pan out like you hoped, that doesn’t stop you from taking another one.

It conveys an ability to make and execute decisions and communicate the answer with grace and strength, even if “no” or “not now” are the answers.

Yet, if you aren’t really confident in yourself or your abilities, it will be difficult to be the confident leader you’re MEANT to be.

So when you think about having confidence, what does that look like to you?

  • How do you stand?
  • How are you carrying yourself?
  • What kind of expressions are on your face?
  • What words are you using?
  • What kind of tone or inflection are...
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Ignore the Outside Noise

 

So today is a little reminder that when you stop listening to the outside noise and start listening to yourself, you will start showing up as the leader YOU are meant to be. It doesn't mean frustrating things won't happen - it just means that those things won't keep you down. You'll trust that untapped potential you know that's inside you and be wiling to leverage it more and more. You'll be willing to also do that with each of your team members and let them shine in their own way.

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You Don't Know What's Expected of You at Work - What Can You Do?

 

It’s the start of another workweek, and you are getting settled at your desk to start the day.

You have your morning tea or coffee in hand and are probably scrolling through your to-do list or emails before you tackle an assignment or head to a meeting.

You come to work to make good things happen, so you want to be as productive as possible.

But do you really know what’s expected of you? Check out part two of this two-part series to make certain you do.

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Which Are You? Playing to Win or Playing Not to Lose?

Although it may seem like semantics, the difference is key. When you play to win, you are willing to push yourself.

You're willing to move completely out of your comfort zone, even if you're nervous. You ask for help and trust your teammates to do their part. You have a “can do” mindset, so you are open to possibilities and solutions. You make decisions based on the belief that you will succeed, not out of fear. 

When you play not to lose, you're timid in your actions, and you're not willing to take some risks.

The fear of failure is taking up too much energy, and you may be inadvertently holding yourself back. Playing not to lose also allows that inner critic to get louder and louder and be more in control than that still knowing on the inside and trusting yourself.

But just think – whatever these big, out of your comfort zone goals are - when you show up as the leader you know you are and you’re playing to win – then when you achieve them, it...

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What is Really Expected of You at Work?

 

It’s the start of another workweek, and you are getting settled at your desk to start the day.

You have your morning tea or coffee in hand and are probably scrolling through your to-do list or emails before you tackle an assignment or head to a meeting.

You come to work to make good things happen, so you want to be as productive as possible.

But do you really know what’s expected of you? Check out this two-part series to make certain you do.

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What's the "So What?"

What's the "so what?"

So what does that mean?

When I was in the corporate world, I led many high level visibility projects, including employee recognition events and company trade shows.

And for each of these events, I’d ask what was the “so what?”

To put it another way, if I were to tell my boss or someone who might be expected to attend this event about it, and if they answered “So what – why do I care or want to be there?” I wanted to be able to answer it.

So – what IS the so what?

It’s the why behind the event or project. It’s the reason the event or project is important to do and in some cases, the reason it is appropriate at that time.

It’s the reason why someone wants to be there – not has to because their boss is expecting them to attend. It’s the reason why one project takes priority over another project.

The “so what” answers the question “What’s in it for me?”

It’s...

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