Leading is not easy. I was giving a workshop on managerial courage last week, and courage lives in everyone. All you need to do is get the tools to tap into it when feeling frozen, defeated, overwhelmed, overworked or better yet, develop greater self-awareness to know how to get over yourself and be able act long before feeling that way. As the character Benjamin in “We bought a zoo” said: “Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, just literally, 20 seconds of just embarrassing bravery”. Leap. “Just like that.” If you keep doing different versions of the same thing and are waiting for things to change, they won’t unless you leap. Leaping further into your leadership means that making unpopular decisions with grace is part of your daily routine. It also means you will be wrong many times and judged based on the biases your team and colleagues around you have. I was having dinner with a dear friend last night and we were having a great conversation about women and different ways to …
As much as I love my “celebrity” male role models, I had no idea how it felt to actually be really excited about discovering a strong career woman character who can navigate the “boys club” like no other… until I “met” Wendy Rhodes. The media are bringing forth more and more of them and that is extremely refreshing to be able to relate. And when 5 completely different people tell you, you should watch the series “Billions”, you do. Women are strong, capable, beautiful, brilliant and influential. They should not be shy to shine and stand tall amongst all. Men are not scary. Women are not catty. When you look at someone in the eyes, you see no more genders, only the depth of someone’s mind and what it mirrors back to us. Our mind (men, women and every gender in between) is the MOST powerful tool we have. It knows no inequality when we dare to let it wonder to what could be. And it gets sharper and wiser the more we become self-aware of ourselves and how …
Leadership Minute(ish) Monday is back as promised with a new fall series! This season, I am offering you a GUIDE to hone in on invaluable skills for your leadership development and add on “ingredients” to your unique talent recipe. My only request to you this season is to MAKE IT YOUR OWN. Find out why and “how” in my fall series intro. YouTube
Resourcefulness is an invaluable skill to redefine what is possible, especially during crunch time or when feeling stuck. Have fun with this week’s workout!
In this week’s soft skills workout I talk and give exercises about the MOST important and impactful skill you can cultivate throughout all the aspects of your life. This leadership minutes focuses on work environment, however you can apply the exact same strategies and exercises rituals at home. Clients who are receptive, strong and humble enough to respond and act on self-awareness coaching are the ones who become way ahead of their leadership curve. I’ve seen it… many times. Have a great Workout!
And it’s a start! From now until the end of this year, get a weekly bite size 60 minutes soft skills development training. This week, a little introduction… and next week I kick off the series with Critical Thinking! Follow on YouTube
Conditions being our internal and external environment. Ex: – I don’t feel good today. (Go anyway!) – “They” won’t let me. (So What? Allow yourself to believe in you. You don’t need “them”) – It “shouldn’t” be that way. (Maybe, but it is that way. Find another way. You are creative and smart.) – It’s impossible. (Is it really? Prove it to me.) Happy #MakeItHappenWednesday With tough love, Jen #SelfExpressionManifesto For your weekly Manifesto, follow me on: Facebook