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Feb 20, 2017 4:45:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

A Leader's Story: "Developing Others Helped Me Climb the Career Ladder"

"Developing others? Are you kidding me? No one's been developing me." 

"Around here, it's every man for himself. I'm looking out for number one." 

Exactly. Because no one is developing you... because you're looking out for #1... That's precisely why you need to focus time and effort on the development of others.

When I first explained this to Kenneth, he was skeptical.  

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Tagged With: delegating, delegating for development, emerging leaders, leadership, leadership development

Feb 13, 2017 5:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

Why Your Career Advancement Requires Letting Go

You're working harder than you've ever worked. Long hours, increasing levels of responsibility, more risk in every decision you make. So why does it seem like you're stuck in this role with no more opportunities for career advancement?  

The answer is that you're doing too much. No, really, you can't get ahead when you're doing all that work yourself.

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Tagged With: delegating, delegating for development, emerging leaders, leadership, leadership development

Feb 6, 2017 6:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

A Leader's Story: What Happens When You Don't Maintain Credibility

Linda felt like she'd been sucker punched. After all the 70-hour work weeks, all the personal sacrifices, all the ideas to accelerate and expand the scope of this project... this was the thanks she got? How dare they blame her for the turnover numbers, the team's negativity and her "inability to maintain credibility" when she was a victim like everyone else during times of rapid change!

Sure, Linda knew she was often double-booked and sometimes didn't make it to meetings. She'd also admit she was terse and impatient with people. But who could blame her? She was incredibly busy and getting pulled in a lot of different directions. So what if she was a little scattered or a little anti-social at times, right? After all, the work was getting done. Mostly.    

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Tagged With: credibility, emerging leaders, leadership, leadership development, emerging leader

Jan 30, 2017 6:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

Before Asking It of Others, Define Personal Credibility for Yourself

We need to stop making excuses for ourselves and for leaders who fail to follow through on their promises. To start, let's define personal credibility because that's the rock-bottom foundation of leadership. 

The problem is that we don't consistently hold leaders, including ourselves, up to this bare minimum standard.

Follow through, we reason, isn't consistent because the leader is so busy... or has so many important things to attend to... Really?

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Tagged With: emerging leaders, leadership, leadership development, DWYSWYD

Jan 23, 2017 6:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

A Leader's Story: The Core Values of a Leader Often Require Boldness

This was the moment of truth. Robert inhaled, sat up a bit straighter, and said "NO." It was a bold move, only possible because he'd pre-defined what the core values of a leader would look like -- for him -- in action.

Robert was emboldened by the work he'd done beforehand, the work that would give him clarity about his own principles and values. Without that preparation, Robert says, he almost certainly would have said "yes." Doing so would have been disastrous. 

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Tagged With: emerging leaders, leadership, leadership development, emerging leader

Jan 16, 2017 6:15:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

How Boldness Helps Emerging Leaders Leapfrog in Their Careers

As an emerging leader, you're just beginning to be noticed. People are paying attention, watching and waiting and wondering to see if you have what it takes.

This is not the time to be reticent. It's time to be bold in your actions, words and choices.

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Tagged With: leadership

Jan 10, 2017 12:36:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

The Secret Weapon for Aspiring Execs: a Personal Leadership Philosophy

Most leaders don't have a formal one. Many have never even heard of this before. But a Personal Leadership Philosophy (PLP) can make all the difference between an effective leader and one who isn't as a confident, grounded and easy to follow.

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Jan 9, 2017 8:20:15 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

A Leader's Story: A Lack of Authenticity Derailed My Career Advancement

"Career advancement is off the table if you aren't willing to open up and be yourself." For a senior manager aspiring to become a director with packaging company, this start to the annual performance appraisal was a wake-up call. We'll call him Wally.

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Tagged With: connect2lead, emerging leaders, leadership, authenticity

Jan 2, 2017 6:05:00 AM by Deb Calvert Leave a Comment

How Your Career Stagnation May Be Linked to an Issue with Authenticity

If you're experience career stagnation, you may feel lost in the woods. It's lonely feeling, searching without knowing exactly what you're looking for... what it will take to get your career back on track.

If you're feeling stuck in a rut, the first thing you should know is this:

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Tagged With: emerging leaders, leadership, career staller, ABCs of Leading, authenticity

Dec 26, 2016 6:00:04 AM by PFPS Leave a Comment

What Is Leadership in Management? Lighting a Fire...

What is leadership in management? In the workplace, managers look for people who are self-motivated. Senior-level managers look for supervisors who can motivate others.

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Tagged With: CONNECT2LEAD Blog, leadership, managing others, motivating others