Posts Tagged ‘leadership’

May… Your Milestone Month

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

 

The month of May has been a milestone month for two young women that I know – my daughters.  

In the beginning of the month we celebrated Kayla’s 20thbirthday, and last weekend Perri graduated from college (magna cum laude – I had to brag.)  It is a great month for all of us moms to have the opportunity to celebrate these significant milestones in our children’s lives — as well as celebrate motherhood!

Perri and Kayla

Perri and Kayla

It has been a remarkable journey so far, watching these two girls grow from infants to toddlers to tweens to teens to adults.  What is more amazing is the fact that they are my daughters… and I am here to help, support and watch their journeys to becoming future leaders in their chosen fields.  So much happens in your 20s – you go to college, you have your first “real” job – you become independent – you create your future life. The values Perri and Kayla have; the skills and knowledge they have learned (and will continue to develop); the friends and connections they have made (and will continue to make); mentors they have found; and organizations they have been involved in are all essential foundations to their future success. Their journeys are underway…

As I look back over my career, and especially my 20s, I was not as lucky as Perri and Kayla in having a network of mentors, contacts, and idea generators to help me focus on my professional journey.  I was a late starter, but eventually I did find the right path.  I love my work now, even the transition that I look a few years back, but it has taken a long time and along the way I have learned many valuable lessons.

Lessons to Share

These lessons are now shaping the work I do, and the opportunities I have to help other woman navigate their professional development and leadership paths, including:  mentoring and coaching young women through CWEL at Babson College and other Babson programs; creating a Boston women’s networking group to ignite relationships and build connections; and developing a woman’s affinity group for a global client.

Most people don’t know where their paths will take them, but for the two young women in my family I see great things ahead.  There will never be a day that I will not cheer them on, coach and mentor them as needed, and most of all love them and be proud of all that they accomplish.

And to all the other women out there… take charge of your journeys and make a difference in ways big and small. Get out and take action! Why not work on your paths in May? It’s a great month for change. Congratulations to everyone on their spectacular journeys! 

Being Wildly Successful

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

 

By Guest Writer:  Stu Danforth, Positive Leadership Dynamics

It’s a simple idea that drives companies to wild success.  Wildly successful companies - those with sky-high productivity, giant profits, and singular product and service quality – show a relentless focus on one element of their organizational strategy.

These booming organizations know that their competitors don’t get it – and they capitalize on that fact.  They know that most companies they compete against (and most organizations in the US) can only count on about 30% of their own work force to get the critical work done.

In order to become wildly successful, your people need guidance.  But you can’t be with every person every day of the week (and that tactic doesn’t work anyway).  You need to guide your employees in a way that provides them discretion to make good decisions and the freedom to get great work done.

You need a relentless focus on your organization’s culture.

 

In our new publication we show you the three ways to create this relentless focus, and achieve this wild success.  It has to do with three key elements: managing, communicating, and cultivating great people.

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Expert tips on creating a wildly successful organization