I’ve heard it said that leaders are born and I’ve heard it said that leadership is learned. It’s probably a little of both.Continue reading
Is it the effort or the result that matters most? As adults and business owners, we tend to focus more on results while as parents we tend to place the emphasis on the effort as it relates to the activities of our children.Continue reading
Marie G. Carmichael was a pretty wise lady. She lived to see 100 Christmases and 17 Presidents. She loved politics too. I wonder what she would say if she heard the news today?Continue reading
Leaders wear many hats. Good ones are visionaries, coaches, cheerleaders and trailblazers. Yet when times get tough or change happens, the chief role of a leader becomes that of a trouble shooter with the responsibility for preparing the team for immediate action. As they say in the movies…It’s time to lock and load.
As I go about my day, I wear a hat or two or three. I’m a Mom, a wife, a non-profit executive, a CEO, a board member, an investor and a few other things. Across them all, it it all ties back to one thing. I need the help and support of others to get the job done. This week, at one of my many meetings, a fellow board member shared a thought that has really stayed with me. “We need to provide value BEFORE we ask for support.” As I have continued through my week, that message kept coming back to me. Continue reading
This week, Tuesday in fact, I have my first BIG meeting as the President and CEO of AZBIO, the Arizona BioIndustry Association. It’s probably the most important meeting we will have all year – the first phase of our strategic planning process.
There will be other important events and meetings through out the year, but this one lays the foundation for what we will do and who we will do it for.Continue reading
Leadership is a popular word these days. Consultants preach it, journalists either praise it or bemoan it, companies, boards investors and customers demand it.
The days when leaders were anointed at birth, except in a very few cases, are long gone. Today’s leaders may have great power… or none depending on the authority they wield. But whatever level that may be, with leadership comes a corresponding measure of responsibility.Continue reading
When it comes to leading an organization, finding the right fit for both the leader AND the team is critical to success. When the fit is all wrong, you don’t have a snowball’s chance in … well you know what I mean. Continue reading
Often when I am speaking with an audience or sharing ideas with leaders and entrepreneurs, I hear a question that starts like this: “How did you get people to give you a chance to …”
It’s a recurring theme. We want to lead. We want to grow. We want to make a a difference. So, how do we get people to give us a chance to do it? In 2010, I had the opportunity to share ideas with the Society of Women Engineers. We we focused on the 5 C’s that build success. One of those C’s is Community. Here is what happens when you get involved in your community and volunteer.Continue reading
The day you have been dreaming of is here… you have just become the boss. NOW WHAT DO YOU DO?Continue reading