Archives For Game Changing Future

As the New Year approaches, once again I find myself reflecting on both the challenges and the incredible opportunities that have presented themselves throughout 2013.  As I look back, there have been both good and not so good, but for the most part… I have been incredibly blessed.

New Year Resolve

I find myself to be both humbled and ever so grateful that you’ve given me the opportunity to connect with you – allowing me to share my thoughts and global leadership experience with you… to come to know some of you just a little bit. As I look back, there have been so many valuable interactions, comments and insights from all of you. I am so fortunate to have you in my network and I look forward to continuing our journey of continuous growth together in 2014. These are the things that truly matter… Continue Reading…

 

“If you’re not appearing, you’re disappearing…”

~ Art Blakey, Legendary Jazz Musician

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 Networking is all about strategic communications. To increase your chance of success in everything you do, you need to communicate to expand your span of influence. Those that may be able to help you (now or in the future) need to know you and what you have to offer. They need to see you, meet you… hear from you. Although the natural tendency is to remain within your immediate environment, you need to move out of your comfort zone to ensure your own long-term success. If this is not enough to get you moving, think about these fundamental truths: Continue Reading…

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As the New Year approaches, I find myself reflecting on both the challenges and the incredible opportunities that have presented themselves over this past year.  As I look back, there have been both good and not so good, but for the most part… not a bad year.

I find myself to be both humbled and grateful that you’ve given me the opportunity to connect with you – allowing me to share my thoughts and global eldership experience with you. As I look back, there have been so many valuable interactions, comments and insights from all of you. I am blessed to have you in my network and I look forward to continuing our journey of continuous growth together in the coming year.

The New Year is also a time to look forward. What will it bring? How will we continue our journey? What opportunities and challenges will present themselves?  I don’t know. But what I do know is that the New Year is a time for resolutions – not the kind that are often broken before they ever begin, but the kind that you earnestly resolve to achieve in the coming year. In order to avoid that unfortunate feeling we get when we haven’t followed through with “resolutions”, I propose we focus on intentional goals for the coming year instead. Continue Reading…

 This week, I would like to take the opportunity to ask for your help. I always love the lively discussions and insightful questions that emerge from the different leadership challenges we cover, but this week I would especially appreciate your insights and opinions.

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Is there someone at work who seems intent on drawing others into a state of constant confrontation? Does he belittle, embarrass or even disrespect people on a regular basis in order to goad them into engaging him?  Maybe he is overly critical or micromanaging, attempting to intimidate or control everyone in his path? If this behavior is blatant and habitual, this person is likely afflicted with a dangerous and difficult to cure disease – Chronic Confrontationitis.

An individual with Chronic Confrontationitis is persistent in his attempts to force others to comply with his will. His methods are subtle – disguised with all the right behaviors. People respect and trust him, and he quietly betrays their trust whenever necessary to fuel his addiction. He must always be right, using confrontation to prove his point because, to him, the end always justifies the means.  And if he is particularly good at this, no one except his targets notice the betrayals. In some lethal workplaces, he may survive for years, or even become a high-level executive.

To make matters worse, our chronic confrontationitis victim usually has the dedication, focus and business acumen to create success, or at least the appearance of success. He is held up as an example of a company-centric leader, despite his underhanded tactics and inability to lead. He is rewarded, while the frustration builds among the targets of his bullying, intimidating, backstabbing and manipulating behavior.

A skilled, clever victim of the disease displays an elaborate, complex set of behaviors to exploit people around him and draw them into open confrontation. Habitual patterns of intentional, socially inappropriate behavior are indicative of the disease, including the subtle tactics of deceit, distortion, misrepresentation and misdirection.

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As my husband, Steve, and I traveled through the Carribean last week on the Re:create cruise, I realized that not only were we on board to hear wise men speak on our ability to be creative (and to enjoy the Carribean in April), but also to meet new people and establish new friendships.

As Steve and I spent time on the cruise with Rob and Kim Bruce and Scott and Idelette McVicker, I was reminded of our dear friends at home and how friendships, both new and old,  enrich and add texture to our lives. Today, I am in Denver speaking at a conference, and guess what? I was able to meet Kim  for lunch and catch up on what has been going on since we returned! The Re:create cruise really brought the importance and value of friendship to the forefront for me.

Often as leaders, we believe we are too busy for friends. We forget how important it is for us to surround ourselves with people we can trust and that care about us unconditionally.  Things have been tough across most industries over the past couple of years, job security for the global executive is often precarious at best, and we are often stretched to our limits at work. When things get really tough, do you have a group of friends you can rely on to commisurate and help pick up the pieces? When times are good, do you have a select group of people you can celebrate and relax with? Pete Wilson  said something very important on the cruise. I am paraphrasing, but he made the point that leaders need “cliques” and that it is a good thing when we are surrounded by people with like interests who genuinely care about our well being. It is one thing to be friendly at work, but it entirely something else to invest yourself in friendships.  If you have them, treasure them.  If you don’t have them, you need to get out there and actively search them out. In both good times and bad, friendships are an essential part of life, and we all need to regard them as such. Leaders, you need true friends in your life.

Leaders, what are you doing to invest in meaningful friendships?

Please engage the discussion and let us know how maintain balance in your life through friendships. Feel free to contact me at  Sheri.Mackey@LuminosityGlobal.com or by visiting our website at www.LuminosityGlobal.com. Check back soon for the next post on Leadership Across Boundaries and Borders.