Refresh Your Career Toolkit

Refresh Your Career Toolkit

We're more than halfway through the year, and it's the perfect time to start thinking about ways to level up in the second half of the year. Below we've included five new tools to add to your career toolkit.

1) For The Aspiring Entrepreneur: As some of us are preparing for our seat at the table or securing our seat, many might be thinking how to create their own empire…

ICYMI: Leadership In The Workplace, With Kishau Rogers

ICYMI: Leadership In The Workplace, With Kishau Rogers

As you prepare to take your seat at the table, are you thinking about what it means to be at the head of the table? Quality leadership is key no matter what table you are at. Unfortunately, so many fall short, and are more "managers" than true "leaders." 

This past Friday, we hosted our monthly #memocareerchat on Twitter with Kishau Rogers, technology entrepreneur, and the CEO at Websmith Studio Inc. Kishau has led a number of teams and projects to success, and we sat down with her to discuss leadership in the workplace. 

The Leadership Manifesto

Photos/Images by   #WOCinTech Chat

Photos/Images by #WOCinTech Chat

Several months ago, my co-founder, Lauren sent me a Ted Talk by Dr. Brené Brown and The Power of Vulnerability. Two weeks ago, I was at Harvard University participating in a Global Leadership Program and once again I had the pleasure of learning more about Dr. Brown. Dr. Brown came up with The Daring Greatly Leadership Manifesto. At some point in our lives we’ll lead and be lead; so it’s best to equip ourselves with tools to become effective leaders. I found this manifesto useful as I think about the way I lead. Do you have a manifesto you live by? If not, hopefully you can find some synergies from Dr. Brown.

Let's Get In Formation

Yesterday, like many others I watched the Super Bowl and over indulged in a lot of junk food. Some of us watched because our favorite team was playing, some watched because we wanted to be social, and others watched to see the Beyoncé concert. While watching the game, I thought a lot about team work!

Teams are better than a single player. Teams can be hard to beat, but individual players get hurt, get ejected out of the game, or just have an off night. I believe the most well rounded people build their teams down to each person. Most of us probably don’t know many of the player’s names outside of Peyton Manning and Cam Newton. Having a good quarterback is extremely important, but the Broncos played and won as a team. When you’re part of a team, you want to put your teammates in a position to succeed and you never want to let them down.

Who is on your team? Some of your teammates might include: family members, a spouse or partner, children, colleagues, and friends. What if you started your day with the initial goal in mind—I want to enable each person on my team to succeed. How would that change the “plays” you make if that was your goal? How would that impact their role to enable your success? Can you point to the people on your team and say they are supported enough by you and the rest of the team to perform at their best?

This way of thinking can be applied in your home, in the office, and in your career development. I think team development can be easily overlooked! Let’s keep it real, no one is getting paid enough to get any less than that kind of support from you. Let’s do our best to build the best teams and be an award winning team member. If we play well together, we win together! Pass this memo along to one of your team members!

5 Steps for Effective Feedback

5 Steps for Effective Feedback

Use Phrases For Starters

  • Tell me how you would like to receive helpful and constructive feedback from me.
  •  Describe the best way that I can give you feedback as we move along this project, such as e-mail, phone, face-to-face time, or meetings.
  •  I can tell you are extremely busy.  How do you recommend I get feedback to you in a timely manner?