The Accidental Leader

Written by Steve Wright

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If you considerrepparttar underlying drivers that made you good atrepparttar 138139 hands-on work, you will discover that those same drivers apply in your new leadership role. The passion forrepparttar 138140 output will be just as applicable in helping you skill up in your new profession as it was withrepparttar 138141 previous one.

The next step is to accept we need to learnrepparttar 138142 new profession. Maybe at some stage you tried a few leadership courses and read some books but, they didnít seem have too much impact. - The difference this time is going to be commitment.

Overrepparttar 138143 next year, and it will take at least that long to make a good start, I am going to focus on what it takes for me to move from simply being a leader to showing leadership. Ofrepparttar 138144 endless resources available, I am going to endeavour to highlight justrepparttar 138145 key ones that helped me makerepparttar 138146 start inrepparttar 138147 right direction.

This is not about becomingrepparttar 138148 greatest leader known to man, this is aboutrepparttar 138149 basics of a profession that I donít remember choosing to be part of and that about which there is so much information I am struggling to know where to start.

Through building a community of people withrepparttar 138150 same challenge, sharing our experiences, and learning together, we will not only regainrepparttar 138151 satisfaction of our previous success, but revel inrepparttar 138152 exhilaration ofrepparttar 138153 greater teamís performance.

Join with me and lets us share this experience together. I have a central site ( that I am starting to collect resources and will be posting experiences and reviews to. I have set out a very basic agenda, but this journey has a different destination for all of us, so expect lots of changes torepparttar 138154 path.

Please email me and comment atrepparttar 138155 blog site ( If you have a specific area or concern you want covered raise it now and letís see if we can build it intorepparttar 138156 curriculum.

Be brave, be famous.

Cheers Steve

I have found myself leading a team, and I need to learn the craft. Join me in this year long journey.

Career Searching: A Vision Without A Plan is a Hallucination

Written by Rob Taub, CCM

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Here are some practical suggestions when connecting:

* Donít begin by asking for advice: Offer suggestions first; provide ideas before asking for any

* Get to know others before you ask them to know you

* Donít ask others to be creative or perceptive for you; itís too much work (Be intuitive, recognizing of course, that givenrepparttar chance, theyíll manage to complicate this thing as well)

* Be clear about your own ideas ó be focused

*Get ready. The question, what are you looking to doÖ can befuddlerepparttar 138138 unsuspecting person forcing a response that is weak, irrelevant or even fatal

* Move people towards embracing your ideas by listening carefully to theirs Look people inrepparttar 138139 eye and reflect on what you are hearing * Donít judge

* Ask yourself, Isrepparttar 138140 message getting across; isrepparttar 138141 content clear?

* Donít use jargon. If someone understands it, they wonít be impressed; if they donít, theyíll take out a book and read

* Take your ideas, and those you accumulate, torepparttar 138142 next contact, and so, and so on and so on

* Keep this maxim in mind at all times: You must first build a relationship before you can do business

Like most career professionals, you have a vision for moving onward and upward. Unfolding a career is like charting a new frontieróand sometimes equally as difficult to predict and control. What are your ideas? What do you want to do with them? How do you want to go about it Ö when?

A vision without a plan is a hallucination Before you spend hundreds of hours hunting for success, spend a few defining it. Consider some of historyís greatest athletes ó gold medal Olympians. Early on in their lives they set goals. From then on they squashed everything in their lives that didnít pertain to those goals, and went on to winrepparttar 138143 gold!

Rob Taub, CCM, is a Senior Consulting Manager for R.L. Stevens & Associates,, a career marketing firm and organization celebrating over 24 years of providing strategic marketing solutions for its clientsí career transitioning needs.

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