After spending a weekend with my two and a half year old niece, I had to get really used to this question. She has hit that lovely stage where every two minutes I hear, “But why Aunt KaKa, why?” I may be a bit biased, but because she’s the cutest thing you’ve ever seen (check out my brag book photo below…) I answered every single ‘why’ she threw my way. Of course, this always led to another one, and this got me thinking about how many times we throw out that word on a daily basis.
It is that time of year. The time for graduation parties, weddings, summer vacations, and soaking up all the sunshine. I don’t know about you, but throughout the year I always think or hear of things I should add to my list for the next summer and then every August I look back and wonder where my summer went. I will complete my summer ‘to do’ list this year and wanted to inspire all of you to do the same, so I put together some fun ideas that you can add to your list.
As I left my weekly networking group meeting I had the chance to reflect on what we discussed for about an hour. This group is made out of professionals who confidentially and very openly discuss events/situations that have occurred in our business lives throughout the week. Protecting names and actual numbers, we talk about different things that may affect our business, community and potentially our personal lives. This has been a great way to not only to get to know each other very closely, but to understand what is it that we do every day, what moves us, what we are passionate about, what successes we enjoyed, and what struggles we may have encountered.
Nobody in your office, on your sports team, or at your networking cocktail hour shows up to be forgotten. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. Impacting your people in any environment is often achieved by becoming memorable to your audience. How do we influence others so that they not only remember our name, but also the way we made them feel? Well, it’s simply complicated or complicatedly simple.
There are few issues in America garnering more attention both inside the beltway and on Main Street as healthcare reform and its magnitude will impact everyone far beyond rising health insurance premiums. It could end up affecting everything we touch and therefore the time to prepare is now.
I don’t know about you, but waiting for anything is about the most difficult thing I have to do on a daily basis. I’m a high D on the DiSC assessment so my sense of urgency to get things completed, and completed correctly, is extremely high. Thinking about this topic reminded me of a part of Dr. Seuss’s book, Oh The Places You’ll Go.
It is important for recruiters and HR professionals to recognize that their mutual success depends on them working together, not separately, towards a common goal. Both functions working together can be a powerful engine to move an organization towards success.
Leadership can be defined as, “A process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.”
What are leadership skills? It’s not about title, gender, or age when it comes to leadership. Not even the most popular person or the best communicator defines a true leader. Leaders are not made by a title change or promotion either. You can become a leader through your own actions.
The magic of technology, we all use it, but only some of us really understand it. Let’s face it, most of us don’t want to understand it, we just want it to work. I have been working with technology professionals for more than 10 years, placing them in a variety of positions, from developers to security professionals. In that time, I have learned that no matter how much you know about technology, it’s not possible to know everything about every aspect. I have also learned that often times when you find someone that knows a lot about technology, they don’t always have the ability, time, or desire to explain the magic or necessity of it to those of us who desire it.