October 14, 2013

Likeable Leaders. My View.

Recently I commented on What Makes a Leader Likeable by Dave Kerpen (Author of the book, "Likeable Business") which was a featured post in a LinkedIn Group that I belong to. After posting my response, I decided I would expand on my thoughts about leadership and likeability, with my own blog post “Likeable Leaders.  My View”

We have all heard the saying that great leaders are respected, not liked. And yes this might be true. However, Jeffrey Gitomer, Author of The Little Book of Leadership: The 12.5 Strengths of Responsible, Reliable, Remarkable Leaders That Create Results, Rewards, and Resilience, sheds light on why it is important to be liked as a leader – a point that I think is worthwhile considering. (NB: I am not an affiliate for this book). 

                                                             

© Jeffrey Gitomer

Now, although I studied leadership as part of my undergraduate degree, I am no leadership expert. The following points have been derived from thinking about the different leaders I have worked with or admire in life; and what it was about these people, that made me either like them or not. From my observation and experience, I believe the following:

August 22, 2013

From having a Career to Careerprenuer

"Do What You Love"

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Lately I have been thinking a lot about the term,  "Careerprenuer" and what it really means. 

In my twenties, a career was something you did as a grownup and were supposed to do for a long time…. (yes, I was the victim of my conditioning). If anything, a career was a means to an end and a necessity for owning all the material items that we as humans, covet so much. To be perfectly honest, I probably didn't give much thought to my career as a whole, because I was too busy working in the job itself and letting life pass me by.

By my late twenties, things changed and I began to focus more on jobs that presented the sort of challenges, I would enjoy. However, I never gave a second thought to job security, the company I worked for or if I was a good fit. 

Rather, I was more interested in the role that I was employed to do, what I could bring to it and what sort of difference I could make in it. While other people were playing office politics and planning their next holiday, I was thriving on the joy of developing the business, growing sales and improving customer service. 

August 6, 2013

Writing for the Web. What is involved.

Person typing on a keyboard
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Twitter has fast become one of my favorite social networks to keep up to date with real-time news and engage and share insights with my community of followers. Therefore, when I was required to research, plan, write and publish a web post dedicated to a specific topic for a postgraduate assessment, I had no problems choosing the subject matter: Strategy:10 Tips for using Twitter for Business Success Part 1 and Part 2 (in hindsight, both very long posts but hopefully informative). 


Of course, in essence this assessment was much more involved than just writing on a subject of interest. The task itself required:
  • Conducting topic and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) keyword research using keyword research tools;
  • Deciding who I was going to write for (i.e. my audience);
  • Learning how to use the Squidoo.com user interface and making sure I understood their web content policies;