Dr. Don Meyer, in a Huffington Post article entitled, So Near, and Yet, So Far chronicled the heroic story of Florence Chadwick, and American Swimmer who attempted to become the first woman to swim across the Catalina Channel, a 21 mile journey off the coast of California, between Catalina Island and Palos Verde, California.
Last month, our culture celebrated Valentine’s Day. I was struck by how busy the local flower stand was on my way home from work that Tuesday evening. It’s no surprise many people (mostly men) were scrambling, last minute to pick up a token of love for their significant other. Truth be told, I decided to pull in and join the masses, by picking up a few gifts for some of the special people in my life. As I shuffled my way around the maze of flowers, bumping into other desperate souls, I thought to myself, what makes this day so special? Why do we celebrate love this one day a year? How do we continually keep the passion alive for the things that we care about the most in our lives?
“Life is Difficult.” proclaimed best selling author, Scott Peck, in the opening line of his book, The Road Less Traveled. This concise statement, sums up the great journey of life, with simplicity and truth. In fact, any worthy journey is filled with setbacks, challenges, questions and doubts — particularly if you have a specific destination in mind. The great opportunity we have in this human experience is to confront these challenges with an authentic investigation of our ability to press on toward the prize, and our energy to continue on in the pursuit of our desired destination.
If you’re serious about developing yourself as a leader, regardless of where you are in your career, it’s important to listen and learn from the experts in the field of leadership. This is a great way to continually explore and discover tested and evolving methods and leadership frameworks to use in your own organizations.
It’s official, millennials have taken over the workforce. A staggering 56 million millennials make up the largest segment of the workforce in the U.S. This shift brings thrilling opportunities, but also means significant changes for organizations.
Spend any time with a child under 7 years of age and you are certain to experience the wonders and newness of life. The one fundamental truth about children, and all human beings who seek new challenges is that we are naturally curious about the world and the activities we engage in.
With resolutions fresh on the mind, it’s important to think beyond some of the most common resolutions like losing weight, eating healthier or exercising more. Instead, start thinking about professional resolutions and aspirations like becoming a great leader.
Developing leaders within your current talent pool has become increasingly important in the past few years due to current war for talent and changes in technology. In order to stay on top, building leaders from within has become an important topic for employers and employees. According to Brandon Hall’s State of Leadership Development Survey, 84% of organizations surveyed anticipate a shortfall of leaders in the next five years. With more than over 10,000 baby boomers retiring each day, leadership development is more important than ever to sustain your business.
Leadership is one of the most important of aspects of successful business or thriving communities. Yet, the practice of leadership remains a mystery when it comes to clearly explaining what great leadership is. You know it when you see it, but what are the essential principles of great leaders in a 21st century knowledge workforce?
Ongoing Feedback and Recognition
It’s a new year with new goals for you, your team, and your organization. But that doesn’t mean that you should wait until the end of the year to check back in with those goals. In fact, ongoing feedback and recognition conversations about the progress, challenges, and triumphs of you and your team goals are critical to, not only the achievement of those goals but improving engagement and optimally motivating others toward the common objectives you’re striving for.