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    The Power of Words

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    The Power of Words

    The words we choose to get our point across can be mighty in their delivery or conveyed in the simplest of form. Whether mighty or simple it’s the actions behind those words that make them effective or ineffective.

    Words are meant to convey something or prompt action. Those words could be power selling, resume words, inspirational words, words that hurt, mind blowing words, healing, moral, ethical, or inspiring words, etc. When we combine lists of power words with the use of social media in the work place, who benefits the most from their usage? This is a question that a lot of organizations struggle with today. Who is going to monitor the network? How much power are we really talking about when we hook everyone up to the network? Who gets to be the word police?

    When working under a global network within an organization, there is usually a standard set of keywords that are unique to that network. The more educated or experienced someone is within the network, the more words they will have available for usage; thus, potentially more power to influence others. When constructing organizational networks for global usage, there needs to be a set of checks and balances for guiding operational use. In the most recent past I have heard rumblings from some about setting up a social system and putting everyone one on it at the same time. Weeeeeeee…look at us.

    setting up a social system and putting everyone one it at the same time. Weeeeeeee…look at us.

    I believe in keeping the entire organization in the loop when it comes to communicating with employees, middle management, as well as administrative and executive branches. However, how that communication is broken up and what communication is delivered to each department is critical to manual operations as well as research and development, marketing, HR, financials, etc. Words are powerful, and words can be quickly misunderstood and emotional at best. Words change communication within an organization, and can present unforeseen internal challenges. Challenges can be good, so can change. It’s how much change that is taking place at any given time that needs direction. Being able to guide words that are producing change, that requires positive focus on everyones part.

    There is any number of communications within an individual department that really doesn't need to be shared with others. “How” information is shared is more the point. The security of information or intellectual information (or technology) must be protected. Not everyone has a need to know.

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    It is possible to use interactive video conferencing, desktop meetings, and a host of communication systems to communicate within an organization and its departments. What is not always known is how much information each should share with the other. As well, when do we reach a communication/meeting overload with digital media? It is possible to find yourself in interact conferencing meetings and remain unproductive all week long. Words can also produce non-productively. Words can affect your bottom line. Hint: Lighten up on the meetings okay?

    Lighten up on the meetings okay?

    To counter balance all these lists of words, we formulate and set up committees, and develop templates for examination and analysis. Employees are given access to certain levels of communication systems (list serves). We tell our employees that this group gets this list of words, and that group gets another set of words. Words can be powerful within your scope of expertise.

    We need to keep our employees in the loop about the overall well being of our operations, but only as it relates to the overall productive state of our work environment. Social media tools are great to speed up communication across the distances. But, reality tells us “less is more”.


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    When it happens to you – reorganization

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    Having suffered through the loss of a job that I thought I would end up retiring from was a blow. It was one of those knockdown moments. I understand the need that some have to correct for the wrongs. I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I did no wrong. In fact, I was too good. Just to set the record straight. I'm not being conceded. I was good at my job. I enjoyed it too.

    You have to continue to do right. You have to stand on your principles. People will gossip about you, attempt to find the hidden dirt (which there isn't any). The truth is you can't control corporate reorganizations, but you don't have to let it control what happens with the rest of your life.

    When this happened to me, everyone around me knew I was a good employee. I still to this day have first rights to interview. Many didn't know that. I did not want to transfer out either. I wanted to stay in my community.

    I have nothing negative to say about what happened to me. Didn’t like it of course, but it happened. I loved the people I worked with and for. Our economy on the other hand - took a swipe at the bow internally of our organization.

    The truth is that it is easier to find a job when you are already employed, than when you are not. I wish I had some indication that it was coming so I could of prepared, but it wasn't to be. What measures can a person take to try to explain a reduction of force due to reorganization to a prospective employer. It’s a tough cookie. I know I'm not alone in that endeavor.

    Many professionals I have found do not understand the difference between money accounts within large corporations and/or schools. You have internal operations (salaries, things like that), then you have a different set of money which is for infrastructure. These pools of money do not cross one another, or at least they shouldn't legally. Thus sometimes you will see companies still expanding with bricks and mortar, yet letting 100's of people go. It would be nice if the accounts could cross over, but unfortunately that is regulated by the US government.

    So the upside of the story is. It's okay. Life goes on. You get by. Stay positive and positive will follow. Principle and integrity are genuine attributes that others will admire you for in the end.

    If you stick with your resolve you will come out on top, and probably much better than before. You will have grown in areas of your life that you didn’t know needed growth.  I understand  it is tough to wait on that new dream job – but keep your positive attitude up and it will happen sooner than you know.


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    Hire People with Education and Experience

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    Savvy Leaders Hire People with Education & Experience

    Frankly over my lifetime I have been through a host of interviews, talent searches, resume courses, and blah blah blah. Anyone of those companies I have interviewed for in my career could read this article and go "she's talking about me". Actually I am not. I don't have anyone or company in mind. What I have is a life time of experiences, and that is the simple truth.

    Recently a friend, whom I would say was “in the know” suggested that people need to leave their education off of their resumes. If people are getting overlooked because of their prior qualification and education, then they should leave that information off, is what he told me.

    As much as I love my friend, I probably wouldn't do that. I don’t know why anyone would need too. As a society we are trying to educate others all over the world to stand up and be accountable. What better way to do that than to list your qualification on a resume? Would you ask your daughter, wife, son or spouse to leave their education off her resume? Maybe drop some of their work experience? The very things the job description asked for?

    The very things the job description asked for?

    Unfortunately it still appears that many do find educated woman and men threatening. Truth however is that they are only threatening until you hire them. Then you learn how much you need their education and/or their experience. It’s called making your life easier.

    There is a saying “You can’t always teach a “NEW” dog old tricks”. The younger crowd tends to view experience in a way that isn’t entirely clear even to them just yet. It is simply because they haven't had those life experiences necessary to judge differently. Experienced employees aren’t necessarily looking to take your job away from you. Actually, if they are applying at your company, and you are interviewing them – you should look at it as a complement. After all they came to you. It doesn't mean they are desperate either.

    If you don’t feel safe in your own position you could feel some hesitation when you stop Hire People with Education and Experienceinterview people. STOP. Those thoughts and feelings are being reflected in the interview. Ask yourself if you are adding bias into the interview and running off good talent? Give yourself a break, and interview on days that you feel okay about your job, and give each candidate a fair chance.

    Look at it as a complement.

    I’ve interviewed all types of people of different ages, race, sex, and belief systems. Some had extensive education and skills. I admit I was intimidated by a couple of them; but I was still young. However, I was glad I wasn’t making the decision all on my own, and I had a team to help point out the positives (and negatives). We hired them, and they were fabulous. Others I’ve interviewed were just getting started on their career paths. We hired a combination of personalities stemming from many different backgrounds. We did it as a team.

    Truthfully the hiring process is a discriminatory process. As an employer, you are only hopeful that you have selected correctly. You are hopeful you didn’t let the best candidate get away, and might have to go through the process again. You are hopeful it will all work out. I am hopeful it will work out for you too. Really I am, because I have also struggled with the same issues.

    If you look even deeper into the discriminatory practice of resource management, It can only be described as "stretching bodies on the rack". No offence, but It's a painful process; a business contractual process - but still painful.

    To say that someone peaks professionally at a certain age is a myth. How can you know that? You can’t. Maybe once you have retired and you can reflect back on the many career paths you have taken over the years, you might find your peak wasn’t what you thought at all. Maybe you were in your 30’s or 60’s when it happened. Case in point, look at your politicians in their 80's. So maybe politicians aren't a good example, but you get my meaning.

    It isn’t always the money and prestige, but rather the self-satisfaction of a job well done; that is your true peak. It might even be a volunteer gig that brought you self-satisfaction. Everyone has that moment in their career where they are most satisfied. But everything in life as well as business has ebbs and flows. You might have a combination of peaks.

    If this old dog could teach a New dog, a few old tricks, it would be to go with your heart. Trust your instincts. Don’t let age, gender, or qualifications get in your way. Many leaders’ hire people who have more education and experience than themselves for a reason. It’s called being savvy. A good leader will use their employees skills to make themselves a better leader, and to develop a winning team.

    Many leaders’ hire people who have more education and experience than themselves for a reason

    You can be very smart and not have a college education. Education is something you have to apply to get a benefit out of. Some people like education just for the philosophical journey; I fall into the philosophical category. I weighed my educational options and decided I didn’t want to get an MBA. I wanted to build programs for people to learn from. I wanted to understand how people learn; so I went into instructional technology and learning sciences. I didn’t regret it. Besides I already had 30 years of experience in the workforce. I wanted to study and research something that I could enjoy. I wanted to be happy learning.

    I recall having two gentlemen who worked under me whose qualifications far out matched my own. They were the best employees I have ever had. They were 20 to 30 years my senior, but they were kind, generous, understanding, dedicated, loyal, and smart. They were just glad to be there, and I was glad to have them there. I am glad they didn’t judge me. Come to find out – they were my biggest fans.

    Women and men alike, please, by all means list what you have on your resume that is a true reflection of who you are, your talents, and your strengths. That is all you have to offer - it's who you are. If that is not good enough then you didn’t need to be there anyways. Any place that would ask you to lower your qualifications,or standards, is not the place for you.

    Celebrate your education. Highlight your professional achievements. Not all achievements come by way of education, sometimes its just hard work and perseverance that pays off.

    To the employers, all one can ask is that you give a fair assessment of the talent that will present to your organization; and then make your decisions. Decisions based on need, and not fear. If you fear education, and you have an uneducated or unskilled workforce, your fate is in your own hands. It is a fact that an educated/skilled workforce will have a higher economic standard of living, thus your community will thrive.

    I can say these things as an educator and a business woman. I am fair and honest in my assessment that education does provide certain keys to economic freedoms.

     


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    Leadership Lessons – The Golden Rules

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    Leadership Lessons - The Golden Rules

    This was originally written for a group of K-12 dancers. It has been modified to reflect the business environment. If a group of K-12 students can learn these lessons, others should be able to learn them as well.

    Learning how to become an effective leader takes time and patience. Leadership involves listening to what others have to say (on both sides) and being able to come up with solutions that are best for your team and/or organization. Leadership should not be self-serving.

    Sometimes your decisions will be challenged. It’s when you are challenged that you shouldn't allow your emotions to show. If it is an explosive situation and your first instinct is to verbally respond – STOP. You have to back away from the situation and allow the matter to cool. The last thing in the world you would want is a confrontation in front of your students, team, parents, or other professionals.

    Being positive – especially when things don’t feel particularly positive, is probably the hardest lesson any leader will ever learn. You have to be able to maintain control without losing control. Sometimes the situation may be so intense you may think you will break. Step around it. There are so many more positive opportunities just around that blob of frustration.

    Step around it. There are so many more positive opportunities just around that blob of frustration.

    GOLDEN RULE

    A golden rule I learned years ago as a student instructor was “as we are meeting deadlines, your students are meeting lifelines. "Lifelines are always greater than deadlines”. Those lifelines are part of the building blocks of life. When faced with deadlines vs. lifelines – Lifelines win!

    As we are meeting deadlines, your students are meeting lifelines

    Being a leader means being a strong role model, and there can be more than one strong role model. You don’t lose any credibility by allowing someone else to prepare the steps leading to a solution. You lose credibility by not having someone there who can instruct others, when you may not be able too. People will give up on you quickly if you are wishy-washy, or a bossy–know- nothing.

    When your verbal attempts to instruct fail, you need someone there to help demonstrate the correct steps along with using the correct technical terminology if any. Don't be a bossy-know-nothing.

    Don't be a bossy-know-nothing

    Sometimes you run into situations where an assistant or manager attempts to over step everything you may say or do. In these instances, you need to take the person aside and make sure they know that in the future – overstepping boundaries will not be allowed. There are consequences.

    That being said, respect is a two way street. Those in the leadership position should understand that the assistant plays a very important role in keeping things running smoothly. Assistants help with backup when you can’t be there. You need each other.

    A word of caution – never confront a staff member in front of others “EVER”. All you will earn by doing that is their resentment instead.

    YOU ARE A MIRROR

    If you find that others are not understanding your direction, show them how it looks – done wrong. Sometimes showing them how bad it looks when done wrong will make them want to straighten it out. Once you have done that, offer to help them break up the steps one by one until they get it right. If you are going to teach, then teach, or get out of the way.

    You are a mirror of what others in your organization will look like. If you can’t give proper instruction – you aren’t helping the organization. Hire someone who can show employees the steps. They should also be using the correct technical terminology whenever giving verbal instructions. Continue to practice this training until your team is polished and can perfect that technique. Don’t allow others to practice bad habits. If you sneak in one bad habit, 100's will follow. That's a rule - don't break it if at all possible.

    ENTHUSIASM

    Enthusiasm goes a long way when administered correctly. If you are sour and always frowning – that probably won’t buy you a lot of brownie points with your team. You should be acknowledging your teams accomplishments with words like “job well done”, “excellent”, “keep going”, “give it all you got”, etc. Walk beside your co-workers; don’t just stand in front and bark out orders. Be checking your teams work from all angles and give constructive feedback to help them. Close up those weak areas, but do it like you would want to be treated.

    Being a leader is a lot of work, so leaders need to be consistent. How dedicated are you to your career? Are you that consistent? Going for the underdog. So many have a need. But determining which ones have that greater need will be your task to learn.


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    Business walk on the Rocks

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    Business walk on the Rocks.