What do you do? You’re at an event for young professionals, meeting your spouse’s friends or colleagues for the first time, or meeting a new friend for coffee. It’s one of the most common small talk questions asked (in the United States anyway) and one I used to avoid. The word “assistant” tends to put … Continue reading What Do You Do?
Simon Sinek is the author of multiple best selling books, some of which have been recommended in a past Talking Tuesday. I wanted to share a little about one of my favorites, Start With Why. Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than … Continue reading Start With Why
Do you ever find yourself endlessly mentally replaying situations in which you wish you’d performed differently? You wish you hadn’t said that dumb thing. You wish you’d volunteered for that project that’s now winning accolades. You wish you’d spoken up. You wish you hadn’t dropped the ball with that potential client. I find myself doing … Continue reading Overthinking Mistakes
SDA's National Conference, EDSymposium19 is being held in Spokane, WA from May 16-18, 2019. Our very own, Brooke Simcik, CDFA is being installed as the National President and there will be a couple of members representing Dallas. We'd love to see you there! But the cost is never an easy thing to come up with … Continue reading EDS19 Scholarships!
Most companies operate on a set of policies: mandated vacation days, travel guidelines, standard work hours, annual goals. But what happens when a company looks less to control and more to trust? Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at Netflix, shares the key insights that led her to toss the handbook out the … Continue reading Patty McCord – Ted Talk
I’ve recently done a deep dive into the work of Brené Brown. Brené is a researcher, author and speaker who teaches about whole heartedly daring to live authentically and vulnerably. While that summation might sound a little “new-age”, she applies the tenets of her philosophy quite pragmatically. Her most recent book, Dare to Lead, is … Continue reading Brené All Day…
“If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” ~ Mark Twain Several years ago I attended an EDSymposium in Nashville. During a presentation there by David Singer, … Continue reading Eat That Frog!
We’ve all heard of brainstorming, but have you ever tried brainwriting? It might just be the twist you need to uncover a creative solution or the next big idea. A good brainwriting session gives voice to all participants equally…not just the most extroverted or highest ranking person in the room. The key components of the … Continue reading BRAINWRITING
In both my personal and professional life, I often find myself struggling to ask for help. For me, this comes from a desire to control my environment and, if I’m being honest, my perceived image. I want to be viewed by my team as the one that works the hardest, fills in the gaps, and … Continue reading The Best Leaders Aren’t Afraid to Ask for Help
It’s a leader’s job to create a recognition-rich environment in which those they lead choose to give their best. This article not only looks at ways managers can properly motivate their team, but also examines motivation techniques that may come off as insincere to your employees. https://hbr.org/2018/07/what-not-to-do-when-youre-trying-to-motivate-your-team This week's Talking Tuesday is recommended by: … Continue reading What Not to do When You’re Trying to Motivate Your Team