This is How a Brand Walks it’s Talk!

It is pure joy working with clients who show their “leadership presence” in so many ways. Recently, while at a Fortune 500 energy company, the leaders demonstrated their values of being committed to success, doing what's right, and being respectful. Here are some examples of how these values have served them well.   From the moment I arrived at their corporate headquarters, the front desk security guards were friendly and welcoming. One of the executive assistants had everything set up at the workshop PLUS food delivered to me personally during our coaching sessions. Both groups of participants – senior executives and high potential candidates – were totally engaged throughout our Personal Branding program called, Make Your Mark & Make It Count! Respect was evident even walking their halls receiving a friendly hello along the way. It’s all about CULTURE – and this is evidence of a brand walking their talk in every way. Valerie Sokolosky is … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Practice Positive Presence

Just last Spring, driving from Dallas to San Antonio, we went from clear and sunny weather to a patch of snow lasting 10 miles — then back to a bright, sunny sky. In the blink of an eye, we had to adapt. Isn’t that what happens with ANY change? It can happen just that fast, unannounced. At work you might find yourself being downsized, right sized, wrong sized or resized. Whatever the size – you’re forced out of your comfort zone. And pressed to adapt. Now how do you show your leadership presence? When chaos happens, it may be more challenging to keep emotions intact. This is when you’re on center stage and grace under fire really matters. This is when people look to leadership to right the ship, give direction, and trust the messages you send. As Jim Rohn said, “You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” Take heed of these Practical Presence Positives … [Read more...]

Creating The Connection: Being A Mentor Builds Your Brand

Here are 3 tips for being a great mentor. 1 – Set the stage Be clear with your mentee what expectations you have for the relationship. It’s a two-way street – and both of you should understand the rules of the road. When will you meet? How often? What if one of you has to reschedule? What agenda will you follow? Clear communication up front ensures an enjoyable mentoring relationship. Currently several Fortune 500 organizations are using Monday Morning Leadership for Women as their guide for 8 mentoring sessions. 2 – Be vulnerable That means be authentic. Your sessions are focused on the mentee… sharing HOW you succeeded and offering your wise counsel to help your mentee be more effective in their role. Sometimes it’s helpful to share things you would have done differently or mistakes you made along the way. 3 – Be a good listener When your mentee wants to tell all – listen to all. Unless, of course, they are “caught in their story” too long. Believe in the person and … [Read more...]

Gratitude: A Benefit for You and Your Career All Year

  Five Reasons why you should have an attitude of gratitude all year long: Gratitude Generates Social Capital Gratitude makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. All of these help to improve relationships, whether with a stranger, a recent acquaintance, or long time friend. Gratitude helps improve physical and mental health---which makes us happier overall. Grateful people report feeling better physically, with less aches and pains. And they even sleep better. Gratitude can also reduce negative emotions such a envy, resentment, and frustration. Gratitude makes us less self-centered The nature of gratitude is to focus on others and their benevolence; it encourages empathy and sensitivity towards others. With this new mindset, we are less inclined to push our own agendas. Gratitude improves self-esteem As others display acts of gratitude toward you, you will feel more confident. As you feel more confident, you will respect … [Read more...]

Empathy and Your Leadership Brand

I recently facilitated a 3-day leadership conference for a pharmaceutical company. A main focus was discussing the importance for leaders to have genuine empathy for others. Now that’s interesting - in a world where we often see people focused on ME, rather than WE. I call this WAM (What About Me)! Webster’s dictionary defines empathy as the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner. Wow! Isn’t this a robust definition? To better understand how leaders can be effective in their jobs, Center for Creative Leadership conducted a survey to address two things: • Successful job performance – Is empathy needed to be successful in a leader’s job? Results? Empathy is positively related to job performance. • Cross cultural issues – Does empathy influence … [Read more...]