Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Using your "bully pulpit" to promote the really big ideas

If you are reading this blog you are most likely in a leadership role.  Your position puts you on a pedestal – maybe a small one or maybe a big one - but for sure you do have some clout.  When you speak, people listen, so make sure your words really mean something.  What is the one big idea that you want to promote that will help improve your business operation? Figure it out and then outline the way you want to convince others that this is the right path for the business.

Once you have decided on that big idea use the power of you role to promote that idea and stick to the one idea. A shotgun approach of new ideas confuses your constituents and blurs your message. Focus on a single topic makes it easy for people to follow. With a regular focus on one key thought people will likely get engaged and add to your thinking on the topic and may help crystalize your thoughts and words more clearly. Stay with your one really important idea and talk about clearly and at the most opportune times. I’ll bet you will be surprised at your success in bringing about positive change.

Posted on 04/24/2013 8:37 AM by Joe Scarlett
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Prepare for your next career step

What is your next career step? Do you have a plan? If not, you should build one.  Give it a lot of thought and get started. First decide where you want to be in a few years and then ask yourself what you need to do to get there. That thinking should lead to a preliminary plan.

Next talk to someone you trust – it may be your boss or maybe some other trusted individual in your company or a respected friend familiar with your situation. Ask key questions, listen carefully and say “thank you” because you may hear some things that don’t sit well.  Now build a more concrete plan that will probably include classes to take, books to read, experiences to have and beginning a new networking effort.  Write it down and schedule what you need to do.

Once you are comfortable with your beginning efforts it is time to talk with your boss or possibly the Human Resources Department about your goals.  Be careful to pick the right time to have this conversation. Don’t talk to your boss after a difficult day or late on Friday when she is heading off for the weekend.

Posted on 04/10/2013 9:10 AM by Joe Scarlett
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Become a real partner with your boss

I know how often employees get frustrated with the boss. “What is the matter with him? What was she thinking? That’s stupid.” We have all heard and probably said similar things from time to time with the assumption that the boss is doing things we think are stupid. Hold on. No boss I know ever sets out to do anything other than try to do what is right for the business. So don’t get frustrated when things don’t seem right.

When the right time comes, ask the boss about her big picture goals.  Most bosses will be happy to share and that will help you understand. And if you have a suggestion, the boss is likely to really appreciate your contribution. I remember a time in my career when I had a new boss who really did not understand some key points in the operation.  I pitched to help him learn and it worked to my advantage in a later promotion.

Bosses are trying to do the right thing and the best that we can do for the boss and for ourselves is be supportive and try to understand as much as we can about the overarching business goals so we can provide the maximum contribution to business success.

Posted on 04/02/2013 9:32 AM by Joe Scarlett
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