Nothing is forever, and this is especially true when it comes to business. What worked well yesterday may not (and probably won’t) work quite so well tomorrow. This means that leaders must constantly be alert to ways to optimize their businesses in fast-changing markets and environments. Those who don’t change with the times will soon find themselves left behind in the dust of their competitors.
To set the pace and stay ahead of the rest of the pack, great leaders always do the following things:
1. Constantly renew focus and revise goals.
All performance starts with clear goals and expectations. Great leaders regularly prioritize and revaluate existing company and employee goals–ideally with those most responsible for attaining them–and ensuring they are focused on those things that matter most to the company and its customers. One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. One version of such insanity is to continue doing the same things even thought the environment you operate in has significantly changed. Doing things differently begins with reviewing and revising goals, then regularly checking progress and revising those goals as necessary.
I came across an article today that nailed exactly what most of us have known for a very long time, being penalized for fostering diversity/inclusion in the workplace…
“Nonwhite and women leaders who engage in diversity-increasing behaviors in the highest organizational ranks are systematically penalized with lower performance ratings for doing so,” the study continues. “Our findings suggest that nonwhite and women leaders may increase their own chances of advancing up the corporate ladder by actually engaging in a very low level of diversity-valuing behavior… By downplaying their race and gender, these leaders may be viewed…as worthy of being promoted into the highest organizational echelons.”
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“People love being in leadership until you have to make a leadership decision that will cause some people not to like you anymore. If you worry about burning bridges and people not liking you because you make decisions in the best interest of groups of people and organizations leadership is not in your blood”..Julius Clark
I recently read a great article that suggested some fresh new resume tips to get your 2014 job search started on the right foot, and hopefully ending soon. The point is to make that resume work for you! Often enough the only time we think of updating our résumé is when we make a career change, so like many job seekers you may be updating and revising the same old resume that you have used for years. Let’s give that a rest shall we? The key to landing an interview and being noticed among the crowd of anxious and eager job hunters is to set yourself apart, what better way to do that than to put to use some new trends and tips for sprucing up your résumé. A simple makeover could be the difference between 4 more weeks of unemployment and that first paycheck.
So take advantage of Jessica Holbrook Hernandez’s advice and give your résumé a fresh start for 2014:
Her advice is geared to a tech savvy audience, but even if technology is not your strong point, or if the concepts of social media elude you then consider working with a professional resume writing service or coach. Professional services like this vary a great deal in what they offer and the price. It’s up to you to weigh the pros and cons. Even a great resume can improve when subject to a professional eye, and a mediocre resume can gain a competitive edge potentially all that’s needs to put you one step closer to an offer letter.
Sprinavasa Brown, Editor