How to prepare for a solid career in a dynamic environment

Preparing for a career At a recent prize distribution ceremony for a math competition, I had the privilege of speaking on leadership.  In addressing the audience on the topic of leadership and how people engagement skills must be developed to complement the technical mathematical skills, I briefly touched upon the topic of future careers.  Thinking …

Leadership by Example

Liberty bell A good friend of mine who would prefer to remain anonymous (let’s call him Jim), helped provide a number of insights into leadership.  An accomplished leader and project manager, Jim has led large teams in executing successful campaigns against some high complexity and challenges.  Notable amongst his achievements was the initiative to move the …

Ten ways to make a solid first impression

Distinguish yourself Effective leaders follow a certain template whenever they take on a new assignment or lead a new team.   I have witnessed firsthand some very successful leaders and found a pattern in how they start setting things in motion.  They make a solid first impression. I have found ten behavioral aspects that distinguish effective …

Listening with Impact

Listening Listening, both active and empathetic listening are important tools for effective leadership.  Practicing and making listening a habit provides huge benefits, not limited to the following: a.      It leaves a lasting impression on the other person b.      By listening you make the other person feel respected c.       Listening builds a certain level of trust, …

Strategically Improving Performance

Team competition Effective leaders understand competition and the art of using competition in strategically improving performance.  The big difference between the performance and results of government-run companies when compared to their counterparts in the private sector is a direct result of competition.  In any industry, regulators seek to break monopoly and introduce competition.  Competition  helps …

Twelve mantras that will transform your leadership mindset

Transforming your leadership mindset Effective leaders have certain decisiveness about them.  They are measured but solid and very assured.  While a few may have been born with some gifted attributes, the vast majority worked on their personality. Here are some mantras that you can keep in mind as you transform your leadership mindset: 1.       Look …