Reflecting on Leadership

I am so pleased to be affiliated as the Leadership Resource (and member) of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). As such, I am responsible for helping to design and then facilitate the initial session of the year; the topic is “Leading and Managing.” This year, my colleague Carol Bennett, assisted me in as we led the group discussions and also provided individualized debriefs of the results of their leadership assessments. Below is the wonderful description by Kacie, one of the participants in this year’s class. It is a pleasure and a privilege to help this year’s class, the second LeadershipFPRA class, as they move forward in their leadership development. Please see her description below. Thanks Kacie!

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Share Your Abundance of Talent

I have been thinking a lot lately about “abundance.” My life is so abundant – with love, with priviledge, with material goods, with health. And I am grateful. I am also thinking about abundance in my life and the responsibility that comes with that, particularly at this time of change in our country. And as a leadership coach, I am thinking of abundance as it applies to leadership, as I watch successful leaders transparently share their knowledge, experience and wisdom.

To quote Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn:

“Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing.“

Perhaps as leaders we can give some thought to how we can share our “abundance of talent” with others, growing capacity in our teams and staff members. What can we teach this week? What wisdom can we share? What problems can we solve together, merging our talents? I encourage you to ponder this and list some ways you can share your “abundance of talent.” Enjoy!

 

Secrets to the Good Life

Thanks to Eric Barker for once again finding a great resource to keep us grounded in what helps us feel successful and fulfilled. This post has some wonderful quotes from Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh ‘s book: The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life. As we start the new year and are tempted to set big goals for our work and personal life, this provides insights on the importance of the smaller steps, like paying attention to rituals and cultivating opportunities as they come along.

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The “Be’s” of Leadership

leadership-puzzleThis time of year is a great opportunity to reflect on the type of leader we want to be. The “3 Be’s” of Leadership provide a basis for thinking how to be most authentic in our relationships with our colleagues, team members and customers. Enjoy this holiday season and be sure to rest and rejuvenate as much as possible to prepare the great unknown of 2017!

All the best, Carolyn

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Leading and Managing

FPRA Team
FPRA Team

Had a great day with the inaugural class of “Leadership FPRA” of the Florida Public Relations Association, as I presented and facilitated and all day session on “Leading and Managing.” The inspiring, talented PR professionals focused their day on becoming even more effective leaders and sharing their insights  and knowledge with one another on topics including leadership strengths, vision, influence and resolving conflict. Terrific day!

When Saying No is Better than Saying Nothing at All

One of the key challenges that I see leaders face is the lack of prioritization. Leaders find it hard to prioritize their own responsibilities, and find it difficult to help others do it. It is  especially complex when the organization is under constant change and new challenges and resulting responsibilities seem to come in an unending flood. I like this reminder that it is fine – and often necessary – to say “no.” How powerful is that?! Enjoy!

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Build a Great Culture and Protect It – Advice from KIND President John Leahy

Hello! Here is a brief article on an inspiring leader who has great advice. KIND Healthy Snacks President John Leahy brings full commitment to whatever he is doing, and with that comes a willingness to say he was wrong. “The first thing that I personally do, and I really encourage my team to do from a leadership standpoint, is ‘the buck stops here,’ ” he says.

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Rules to Being the Best Boss

I am sure we all want to be great bosses. Here are some steps to remember. I particularly like #4 – making the tough choices to have the right people on your team- including letting go of ones that no longer fit –  is a key to being a great, courageous leader.

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