Posts Tagged "mentoring"

3 Ways Knowing Your Personality Type Can Help You With Your Career

Posted on May 1st, 2017 by The Learning Factor

I’m accustomed to handling clients who are at a crossroads in their lives and are looking for change—after all, I’m a career coach. So this usually involves guiding clients through some pretty heavy soul-searching to help them find the sort of truly fulfilling work that we all deserve.

This also means many of my clients are in an indecisive state at the outset—that’s to be expected. But I don’t think I’ve had a more indecisive client than Kevin. When I asked Kevin what sort of career he truly wanted to pursue, he blanked. I asked him what he enjoys doing and what he’s really good at, and he could never seem to articulate a direct answer.

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Here are 3 ways that knowing your personality type can help launch you into the next phase of your professional life

Want to Be a Better Leader? Then Get Out of the Way

Posted on April 7th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Let me first clarify what I mean by saying “get out of the way.” I am not referring to being a passive leader nor am I saying that any good leader should be less visible. Quite the opposite. Being present and getting your hands dirty is part of the job. But there is a fine balance.

Working alongside the team in the trenches at times is important, but a high performance team must be empowered, nimble and adaptive. This is hard to accomplish when micro-managers are breathing down their necks all day. That’s not a sound leadership strategy anyway and it won’t lead to improving speed, efficiency or morale.

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Effective leadership has many obstacles. Don’t be one of them.

To Be An Effective Leader Keep A Leadership Journal

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Teddy Roosevelt did it. Harry Truman did it. Want to be an outstanding leader? Keep a leadership journal. As part of my executive coaching work, one of the most effective tools I recommend that powers up the coaching process is a leadership journal.  The exercise of leadership is not unlike a sport you play. When you review your actions in the field you learn what worked, what didn’t, and adjust along the way. Leadership guru Peter Drucker said: “ Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action. ”

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Want to become a more effective leader? Start by keeping a leadership journal. Here are ten questions to get you started.

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