I am shocked that so many people misunderstand what should be included in a bio and further by how many boring, useless bios exist. Like a fingerprint a well-written bio should result in setting you apart from everyone else. The reader should get a sense of your unique skills, experience and personality. A bio is not a paragraph form of the resume.
I am tired but can’t seem to stop Facebooking, Tweeting, writing about leadership and surfing the web. I thought I needed some food to provide much needed energy. But even after a delicious lunch of organic lunchmeat and cheese on gluten free bread with a side of sautéed veggies fresh from my garden I’m still tired.
I like Michael McKinney’s post on the book Leadership Beyond Reason. Thought it was worth re-posting here, especially b/c it focuses on the importance of our relationships as leaders. Hope you enjoy it.
Posted: 7/27/09 on www.leadershipnow.com
When we think of leadership we naturally regard the objective and view with suspicion the subjective. We value hard data over soft data; reason over instinct; the external world over the internal world.
Life Leadership is about accepting responsibility as we walk through our everyday life. It means when something needs doing you recognize it and take initiative to get it done. It means agreeing to take action as if it is your duty. When you accept responsibility for what goes on around you it does not mean you control everything that happens or other’s responses. What it does mean is that as things outside of your control happen you are in charge of how you respond and the choices you make about what you do.
I was listening to “Car Talk,” the NPR show where listeners call in for help with their cars. The hosts make me laugh and nostalgically remind me of my two Italian uncles. They were talking about what makes marriage work citing John Gottman of all people. Gottman is a professor of psychology at the University of Washington and director of The Gottman Institute where he has studied marriage for over thirty years.
Being a leader requires regular self-evaluation and willingness to stretch and grow. A perfect opportunity for your leadership development is when someone is reactive to something you do or say either in your verbal or written communication.
Being a self-conscious, skilled leader is just what you need to meet the personal and professional challenges of the current financial crisis. And you need a lot of support to come through this period stronger, leaner and on top. Whether you are in the job market, struggling to stay employed, or stressed out by all the pressures at home – stepping up as a leader during these challenging times is just the edge you need to remain viable and go through this period successfully.
Many of us create visions for our lives personally and professionally. We figure out what we want and where we want to go. And then life happens and our visions go by the wayside. Down the line – a few weeks, months or years – we wonder what happened to our well conceived of plans. Debbie Ford has one of the answers in her book “The Right Questions.” According to Ford unless we are vigilantly questioning ourselves about our choices we will be led by our emotions, our momentary desires or our past habits. She says it is the choices we make that lead us to fulfillment or lack there of.
Managing is hard work! Every week I coach managers in business, government and non-profits who are frustrated by how to get the work done by their direct reports so they can do their jobs and meet their boss’ expectations. How-To-Manage books are a dime a dozen and frequently imprecise and unhelpful. So when my colleague Bill Pullen turned me on to “First Break All the Rules,” by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman I was very pleased to have found a resource to recommend and use with my clients. Based on in-depth interviews conducted over 25 years by the Gallop Organization of 80,000 managers from more than 400 companies, this book delivers value by laying out what great managers really do in an easy, concise manner.
“Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office” is Dr. Lois Frankel’s 2004 bestselling book on the unconscious mistakes that women make that sabotage their careers. I use this book all the time in my life leadership coaching with women whether they work in corporations or they’re entrepreneurs because for women to succeed anywhere they have to grow to overcome their own self-limiting behaviors and beliefs.
“My leadership coaching helps you identify who you are – both your strengths and vulnerabilities – and how to use them to go further than you ever thought possible in your career and life.”
Elizabeth C. Hechtman is passionate about people leading every aspect of their lives. For over 25 years she's collaborated with clients to be leaders in their families and relationships, at work, with friends, and with their finances, health and wellness.
Elizabeth's clients are c-suite professionals, entrepreneurs, middle managers, creative professionals, recent brides/grooms, stay-at-home parents, and singles. She lives in the Philadelphia suburbs.
She created this blog as a forum to disseminate the golden nuggets she learns everyday, bat around her views on leadership and and invite a rich dialogue about all of it.