3 Top Tips for Your Executive Job Search

 

BlackbirdAre you a high-level executive looking for something new? Perhaps you want to change your employer or maybe even the industry in which you work.

Changing employers after you’ve worked so hard to reach your current position can be a bit daunting. But it’s a concept that shouldn’t be ignored – especially if you want to live a happy, fulfilled life.

You’ve worked hard to get where you are, but you don’t want to become bored or stagnant in your career, going through the motions and feeling unchallenged.

So how to you get started so that you can transition into a career that is even better than your current one? At Quantum Change Consulting, we’ve developed a process to help executives make such a transition. There are a variety of steps you need to take to get started.

To get you thinking, here are 3 helpful hints:

1. Step into your power. If you’ve become disillusion or bored, you probably have lost enthusiasm and love for your career. You need to find a way to take back your power and get excited again. After all, you’re an executive. You’re a leader. People can read your energy just by looking at you. You need to dig deep and figure out what it is that makes you happy, fulfilled and the powerful leader that you know you can be. When you step into your power, there’s no stopping you.

2. Determine which of your skills are transferable. You’ve developed a good many skills during your years of employment. Some will be transferable to other executive positions. Some will not. You need to figure out which of your skills are the most marketable, what skills need to be fine-tuned and what skills need to be learned. This can be such an exciting time when you realize how much you actually know that you take for granted and what skills, with a little updating, can skyrocket you to success in a new field or company.

3. Network. Get out there and network with people who need your services. You may be available and ready for an exciting new challenge, but if nobody knows you’re looking for a new opportunity, you won’t get anywhere. Tell everyone you know that you are looking for a new, exciting career opportunity. If they don’t know about one, they may know someone who does. Don’t they always say, it’s not what you know, but who you know? In this case, that’s true. So get out there and spread the word!

These are just the tip of the iceberg. At Quantum Change Consulting, our advice and tips can be used to restart your career. If you are interested in learning more, please contact me, Gita, at 720.508.0330 or info@quantumchangeconsulting.com, and visit our website www.quantumchangeconsulting.com

Connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gita-curniffe-74924b12
Here’s to Your Future Success

Are You in Love With Your Career?

 

Are You In(3)February is considered the month of the heart. Not only is it American Heart Month, but it’s also when we celebrate our love of others.

With so much talk about Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month, people turn their attention to giving a little extra TLC to their loved ones or even to their hearts.

But maybe you should set aside some time to give some love to your career – especially if you aren’t living your passion.

It’s time to ask yourself:

  • Do I get up each day, eager to head to work and face the challenges that a new workday brings?
  • Do I enjoy the chatter of people busy at work as I walk in the door? Do I love the variety of tasks that each day brings?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, consider yourself one of the lucky few. If you answered no, continue to dig deep and ask yourself:

  • Do I need a greater challenge or possibly a promotion with my current employer?
  • Do I need a change because I find it difficult to get out of bed and go to work each day?
  • Do I hate my job because I’ve been doing the same thing for the last 10, 20, 30 years?

Perhaps the constant demands put upon you by society, your family, what have you, have made you lose your playfulness and your ability to dream. Perhaps you’ve been beaten down by the same routine – day after day after day, and feel ‘stuck’.

But is this really the way you want to spend the rest of your life? Do you want to look back in 10 – or even 30 – years and wish you had done things differently? Of course, you don’t.

So let’s think about changing your course. You can start the analysis of your career needs with the following Outcomes Questions. Ask yourself these 5 ‘dig deep’ questions:

  1. What do I have in my career that I no longer want?
  2. What do I not have in my career that I do want?
  3. What patterns have I noticed in my career path to-date (include positive and negative patterns)?
  4. What needs to change?
  5. How will I go about making the change?

If you don’t wake up each day with an eagerness to get to work, it might be time to take a deeper look at what it would take to work in a field that you are passionate about. If you have more questions, please contact me, Gita, at 720.508.0330 or info@quantumchangeconsulting.com, and visit our website www.quantumchangeconsulting.com.

Here’s to Your Future Success!

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Be the Boss of Your Career

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Are you going through the motions, getting up each morning and heading to work – not giving it much thought about whether you could be having more fun or doing better? Do you feel ‘stuck’ in your current J.O.B (Just Over Broke) or career? Is each day feeling like groundhog day? Has the confidence you once had a long distant memory.

If you are content and happy with the way your career is going, the following thoughts won’t apply to you. However, if you answered yes to any of the above questions, then keep reading for some TIPS to move from ‘stuck’ to ‘stardom’ in your career.

I am an avid believer in designing your destiny. If you don’t carve out your plan for success, you will end up being part of fulfilling someone else’s plan for theirs. So now is a better time than ever to stop sitting back and waiting for things to change. You must step up to the plate, take the lead and make things happen.

There are a plethora of opportunities available for us to embrace. Currently, they are only limited by the roadblocks we put in front of ourselves.

Maybe it’s time to thoroughly evaluate where you are and where you want to go. By starting this process, you are taking the lead and making the decisions that put you in a place of personal power. You are Becoming the Boss of Your Career.

Consider these scenarios that keep us feeling ‘stuck’:

  • If you are totally burnt out with what you are doing, it might be time to identify and develop a new career path. What would you love to do? What would excite you? Do you need to learn new skills to work in a career you will enjoy or are your skills transferable?
  • If you’ve been passed over for a promotion, maybe you need to take the first step, instead of waiting for a higher-level job to be handed to you. That may mean you need to go back to school, sign up for a class or dedicate time to learn a new talent. It’ll be worth the effort if it means you can progress in your career.
  • Has your company been acquired, merged or restructured, requiring you to meet new performance standards in order to keep your job? It can be a scary process when your company is acquired or merged with another. If you hope to keep your job, put yourself out there. Let the new corporate leaders know who you are and what you can do. Don’t wait for them to decide where to put you. As humans, our natural response is to go into ‘survival mode’ – and productivity flounders. Be aware of this and harness your skills/abilities to make the most of the current situation, whether you are making yourself a valuable asset to your organization or moving to new pastures.
  • Have you taken a few years off and now wonder how on earth you can return to the workforce? Again, this can be a scary and intimidating situation for many individuals, mostly women who have dedicated years to caring for their families and now want to return to the workforce.

If you find yourself in a situation like any of those mentioned above, you haven’t been singled out. In fact, most people face at least one of these dilemmas at some point before they retire.

The key here is to not sit back and wait for something to happen. Instead, you need to take charge. You need to take the lead to decide what lies for you ahead.

Write down your strengths and weaknesses. Write down your ideas for a new career path or the type of work you’d love to do.

That’s the start in this exciting and exhilarating process of self discovery.

If you need a helping hand, there are an abundance of resources available, including career coaches and books like Start With Why by Simon Sinek (Amazon Link to Book). This is must-read for all those embarking on life/career changing events. It is one of my favorites to dig into the ‘why’ behind decisions.

At Quantum Change Consulting, we take great pride in helping individuals move out of that ‘stuck’ feeling. With some highly-effective coaching and mentoring, you too can receive results like the following two clients:

“I was feeling a little ‘stuck’ about where my career was going, and needed help to refresh my offering and engage with new opportunities. From our first session, Gita gave me a framework of logical, achievable activities to get moving in the right direction.”

“After just a few weeks of working together, I found and landed my next job. More importantly, I now have a partner I know I can rely upon to help guide me as my life and career grow and evolve.”

If you would like help, advice or a partner to champion you onto Becoming the Boss of Your Career, contact me, Gita at Quantum Change Consulting at 720.508.0330 or info@quantumchangeconsulting.com – and let the change begin!

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The Dark Side of Leadership

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With “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” official release, we were amped to write a piece on the notable leadership styles that were demonstrated throughout the prequel series.

As we watch the characters grow and discover themselves, we notice the emotional dilemmas some encounter, such as ‘right’ vs. ‘wrong’; ‘good’ vs. ‘evil’; ‘light’ vs. ‘dark’; ‘positive’ vs. ‘negative’.

We decided to single out two iconic characters. What we uncovered from a leadership perspective was interesting, inspiring, expected and surprising.

Let’s start with Yoda.

Yoda – “Use the Force Within”

As a legendary Jedi Grand Master, Yoda possessed, harnessed and managed great power. On all accounts he would be considered an expert in his craft. His dedication to his art ‘The Force,’ stemmed over tens, of decades. Yoda shared his wisdom with the ones he taught, in an attempt to train students in the Jedi way.

In our business/career, we would serve ourselves well by striving for this level of mastery. However, unlike Yoda, we do not have tens, of decades on our side; though, what we do have is the ability to master our craft through, focus, dedication and applied action.

Research has suggested that for an individual to achieve mastery/expert status, it takes ten to twelve thousand hours of hands-on experience within a chosen field or industry. Hence, for various career positions there is a minimum requirement of 5-6 years of solid, demonstrable experience, not just on an aptitude/ability (skill) level, but also on an attitude (behaviors, how we lead our teams, and interact with our peers, seniors, clients) level.

Being established as an expert paves the way for greater business/career success. In most instances it creates what we refer to as the ‘tipping point’.

Note: As leaders it is our responsibility to set our teams up for success.

  1. Talent Development

Yoda on a C-suite level was great at evaluating talent in a potential Jedi.

When meeting young Anakin Skywalker, he sees his innate ability (that raw superpower we all possess). Anakin was even referred to as the ‘Chosen One’; however, Yoda, shows skepticism sensing what was termed to as the, ‘darkness within,’ an energy that deemed to threaten the Jedi Order/Team.

Observations: When hiring, leading and mentoring we are right tread carefully, I am a big believer in ‘Hire for Attitude, Train for Skill’.

Regardless of how skilled an individual is, we must assess their attitude, for if he/she has the wrong attitude, this may affect how they show up as a team player, which could result in business losses such as reputation, credibility, good employees, and loss of clients.

  1. Face The Fear

Yoda teaches us that FEAR does not serve one on his journey of learning and development. All that fear results in is a lack of mental ability to move forward.

We have all faced fear at one time or another. Fear has a way of paralyzing one, causing them to stall and preventing them from moving forward (that ‘Stuck’ feeling we get), but, thankfully with the right level of thinking life has many ways of presenting opportunities for facing and conquering our fears.

What we learn from Yoda is savored in his quote ‘Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose’. The big conundrum for most is that this is easier said than done, especially when there is a lot at stake. Sometimes ‘You Just Have to Be Your Own Hero’.

It’s my assumption, that in Yoda’s 900 years of mastery, he had plenty of opportunity to practice the art of ‘Letting Go’. We however, will not be afforded that time, nonetheless, with the time we do have let’s look at a few tips on how to face our fear, in order to be our most effective on the journey to, reaching our full potential.

Tips:

“The Same Level of Thinking That’s Created a Situation, Is Not the Same Level of Thinking at Which You Can Find a Solution”.

Personally when presented with a situation / challenge, I start by asking myself these 3 simple questions:

  • What is the real fear behind the situation/challenge presented? – This will identify triggers from previous experiences and provides some rational context.
  • What are all the possible outcomes that could transpire? – include both desired and undesired outcomes? – once you look at all sides of any situation and face the potential scenarios, your RAS (Reticular Activating System) which is similar to a ‘google’ search (just within our brains/subconscious), goes to work to find a solution(s) for presented challenge, hence the expression ‘All That You Seek Is Within You’.
  • What do I need right now, to help me with this situation/challenge? – Resources, Ideas, Connections, Communication, and the list could go on……

Reaching our full potential, rests on moving outside of our comfort zone and taking calculated risks. Once a fear is faced, our mind then has the opportunity to become a solution focused machine.

  1. Mentoring

Throughout the series we find that Yoda’s most prized strength is not his ability as a Jedi, but his ability to teach one to be a Jedi, notably mentoring Luke Skywalker the greatest Jedi of their time.

Observation: As leaders reach mastery they become so versed and embedded in a subject/topic, that one of their key values lays within imparting their knowledge by teaching others.

 

Darth Vader – “Together We Can Rule the Galaxy”

Considered one of the galaxy’s greatest villains, Darth Vader (originally Anakin Skywalker) demonstrated behaviors, such as Viciousness and Forcefulness.

He used ‘The Force’ (his power) to choke his commanders and rule with an iron fist. However, if we disregard for a moment, Darth Vader’s malevolence might we be able to find characteristics of a great leader? may he have shown great prowess in leading the Galactic Empire? Let’s examine.

  1. Outcome Focused

Darth Vader demonstrated his ability for laser focus. He was a keen observer, noting what cards were at play in the galaxy, including the Galactic Empire. His goal orientated mindset had him analyzing how outside factors could affect his desired goals and how he could mitigate that threat.

Observation: As a leader, we need to have our ears and eyes to the ground. It is beneficial to have a deep understanding of what is going on in our organization and our industry, enabling us to highlight and stay ahead of any potential threats on the horizon, and/or any opportunities for capitalization. We should know where we are in the market and how external elements can affect business-as-usual. Everything should be examined relative to our goals.

No one should know more about your business than you’

  1. Team Manager

Darth Vader demonstrates great ability at managing his team. His style was to delegate and to then let them work autonomously without interjecting excessively. He looked for members that would consistently add value, assessing them along the way and pushing them when needed, all in an effort to build the most effective, strong team.

He praised those that did well (great quality) while reprimanding those who did not (not the most effective approach). Darth Vader’s ability to lead strong teams gave them the confidence and belief that they were more than capable of attaining their desired goal(s).

Observation: As leaders of people we strive to develop the strongest teams possible, teams that look at a goal and regardless of size find ways to achieve them, aiming to have teams that cover our blind spots (you don’t know, what you don’t know).

  1.       Take the Lead

Darth Vader was great at prioritizing and delegating responsibilities, however, his leadership skills really shone through with his ability to step in and take the lead when needed. We see Darth Vader take control of high pressure situations repeatedly throughout the series. Darth Vader knows when he needs to step in and take control of the situation. Demonstrated during his battles with Luke Skywalker and/or going into battle with his TIE Fighter during the Battle of Yavin

Observation: As leaders we should have the ability and know when to step in and take the reins, especially when a task is critical, when doing this we also need to take note of where additional training, mentoring, or coaching is required for the team and future endeavors.

As we can see, both Yoda and Darth Vader possess strong qualities that we as Leaders should be striving for. If you can mentor like Yoda or manage teams like Darth Vader, you will find great success. If you can acquire all of the skills stated, you will be unstoppable.

 

Food for Thought……

I pose the question; Did the Jedi fail Anakin Skywalker, if so how?

With today’s leadership and development tools could the fallout, have been avoided? To answer these questions, we examine Anakin’s turn to the Dark Side.

The Dark Side of Leadership:

To understand the man, Darth Vader, we need to understand the boy, Anakin Skywalker. If we take a look at Anakin’s childhood, we see he was a rebellious soul that had challenges with the status-quo and authority; possessed a high tolerance for risk. He had the Spirit of what would be deemed today as Adventurous, Innovative, Go-Getter.

Quick Background Recap; After Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn realizes Anakin is strong with ‘The Force’, he helps him gain his freedom with the purpose of taking him to Coruscant to train him as a Jedi. Anakin’s mother Shmi gives her consent to Qui-Gin, and watches her son leave the protection of her wings, as she stays behind.

Later in the series we see Anakin rushing to the aid of his mother in an effort to save her life, despite all of his training as a Jedi and his visions, he was unable to save her in time. We see this FEAR play out again with Padme (his forbidden love) when he starts to experience visions/dreams of her death during childbirth.

Up to this point Anakin has experienced slavery, loss of a parent, and now the fear of history repeating itself with the impending death of his wife. Through these trials Anakin vows to grow so powerful that he could prevent the ones he loved from dying.

When we look at the Episode “The Revenge of the Sith”, we witness Anakin’s transition to what was termed ‘The Dark Side’ and we see his internal struggle, although a man, still yet a boy.

So where could it have possibly gone wrong? As great as the Jedi Order deemed to be, from a LEADERSHIP perspective there was room for growth– for example the aspect of Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Let’s take a closer look at where it might have fallen down.

  • Failure to meet Anakin where he was – Everyone wants to be understood, before they are willing to understand. As leader we need to be able to understand the people we manage and lead, we need to get curious and ask questions like “This is what I am observing, help me understand what is happening here?”

 

  • Focus was honed in on Anakin’s Aptitude and not his Attitude – This was a young man in clear mental turmoil. As leaders we need to be mindful, that regardless how skilled an individual may be, is he ready mentally for the task at hand. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • Jedi Order lacked demonstrable Emotional Intelligence (EQ)  – A number one key skill for success as a leader, is mastering the areas of EQ, which is all about being Mindful, Perceptive and Aware. Gaining this knowledge and skill will allow you to have a deeper understanding of the following areas –  Self Awareness and Self Management; Relationship management (interactions with teams, peers, clients) and; Social Awareness. Mastering these skills will give you an edge advantage.

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them”. – John Maxwell

*Recommended Reading on EQ: Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ – Author Daniel Goleman

This is not to imply that Anakin would still not have ventured off to the ‘Dark Side’, however, if he had been given the people skills, understanding, and emotional support he needed, it would have presented a different set of options at play.

Not excusing ability this is highly important, yet, without the necessary people skills we find ourselves with clouded vision and impulsive actions. For this reason, we must create work environments that foster both ability and attitude. When we strive to have strength in both we create our most effective and dynamic teams which will ultimately lead to success.

As we wrap up, we see, The Jedi’s focus was on Luke’s ability to save the Galactic Empire, they failed to see he needed to be saved himself! – Lets not make the same mistake with Teams with Lead/Manage, including ourselves.

We hope you enjoyed the read, we would love to hear your thoughts/perspectives in comment section below.

Here’s to Your Success for 2016, Happy NEW YEAR, from the Quantum Change Consulting, Team.                                                

With “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” official release, we were amped to write a piece on the notable leadership styles that were demonstrated throughout the prequel series.

As we watch the characters grow and discover themselves, we notice the emotional dilemmas some encounter, such as ‘right’ vs. ‘wrong’; ‘good’ vs. ‘evil’; ‘light’ vs. ‘dark’; ‘positive’ vs. ‘negative’.

We decided to single out two iconic characters. What we uncovered from a leadership perspective was interesting, inspiring, expected and surprising.

Let’s start with Yoda.

Yoda – “Use the Force Within”

As a legendary Jedi Grand Master, Yoda possessed, harnessed and managed great power. On all accounts he would be considered an expert in his craft. His dedication to his art ‘The Force,’ stemmed over tens, of decades. Yoda shared his wisdom with the ones he taught, in an attempt to train students in the Jedi way.

In our business/career, we would serve ourselves well by striving for this level of mastery. However, unlike Yoda, we do not have tens, of decades on our side; though, what we do have is the ability to master our craft through, focus, dedication and applied action.

Research has suggested that for an individual to achieve mastery/expert status, it takes ten to twelve thousand hours of hands-on experience within a chosen field or industry. Hence, for various career positions there is a minimum requirement of 5-6 years of solid, demonstrable experience, not just on an aptitude/ability (skill) level, but also on an attitude (behaviors, how we lead our teams, and interact with our peers, seniors, clients) level.

Being established as an expert paves the way for greater business/career success. In most instances it creates what we refer to as the ‘tipping point’.

Note: As leaders it is our responsibility to set our teams up for success.

  1. Talent Development

Yoda on a C-suite level was great at evaluating talent in a potential Jedi.

When meeting young Anakin Skywalker, he sees his innate ability (that raw superpower we all possess). Anakin was even referred to as the ‘Chosen One’; however, Yoda, shows skepticism sensing what was termed to as the, ‘darkness within,’ an energy that deemed to threaten the Jedi Order/Team.

Observations: When hiring, leading and mentoring we are right tread carefully, I am a big believer in ‘Hire for Attitude, Train for Skill’.

Regardless of how skilled an individual is, we must assess their attitude, for if he/she has the wrong attitude, this may affect how they show up as a team player, which could result in business losses such as reputation, credibility, good employees, and loss of clients.

  1. Face The Fear

Yoda teaches us that FEAR does not serve one on his journey of learning and development. All that fear results in is a lack of mental ability to move forward.

We have all faced fear at one time or another. Fear has a way of paralyzing one, causing them to stall and preventing them from moving forward (that ‘Stuck’ feeling we get), but, thankfully with the right level of thinking life has many ways of presenting opportunities for facing and conquering our fears.

What we learn from Yoda is savored in his quote ‘Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose’. The big conundrum for most is that this is easier said than done, especially when there is a lot at stake. Sometimes ‘You Just Have to Be Your Own Hero’.

It’s my assumption, that in Yoda’s 900 years of mastery, he had plenty of opportunity to practice the art of ‘Letting Go’. We however, will not be afforded that time, nonetheless, with the time we do have let’s look at a few tips on how to face our fear, in order to be our most effective on the journey to, reaching our full potential.

Tips:

“The Same Level of Thinking That’s Created a Situation, Is Not the Same Level of Thinking at Which You Can Find a Solution”.

Personally when presented with a situation / challenge, I start by asking myself these 3 simple questions:

  • What is the real fear behind the situation/challenge presented? – This will identify triggers from previous experiences and provides some rational context.
  • What are all the possible outcomes that could transpire? – include both desired and undesired outcomes? – once you look at all sides of any situation and face the potential scenarios, your RAS (Reticular Activating System) which is similar to a ‘google’ search (just within our brains/subconscious), goes to work to find a solution(s) for presented challenge, hence the expression ‘All That You Seek Is Within You’.
  • What do I need right now, to help me with this situation/challenge? – Resources, Ideas, Connections, Communication, and the list could go on……

Reaching our full potential, rests on moving outside of our comfort zone and taking calculated risks. Once a fear is faced, our mind then has the opportunity to become a solution focused machine.

  1. Mentoring

Throughout the series we find that Yoda’s most prized strength is not his ability as a Jedi, but his ability to teach one to be a Jedi, notably mentoring Luke Skywalker the greatest Jedi of their time.

Observation: As leaders reach mastery they become so versed and embedded in a subject/topic, that one of their key values lays within imparting their knowledge by teaching others.

 

Darth Vader – “Together We Can Rule the Galaxy”

Considered one of the galaxy’s greatest villains, Darth Vader (originally Anakin Skywalker) demonstrated behaviors, such as Viciousness and Forcefulness.

He used ‘The Force’ (his power) to choke his commanders and rule with an iron fist. However, if we disregard for a moment, Darth Vader’s malevolence might we be able to find characteristics of a great leader? may he have shown great prowess in leading the Galactic Empire? Let’s examine.

  1. Outcome Focused

Darth Vader demonstrated his ability for laser focus. He was a keen observer, noting what cards were at play in the galaxy, including the Galactic Empire. His goal orientated mindset had him analyzing how outside factors could affect his desired goals and how he could mitigate that threat.

Observation: As a leader, we need to have our ears and eyes to the ground. It is beneficial to have a deep understanding of what is going on in our organization and our industry, enabling us to highlight and stay ahead of any potential threats on the horizon, and/or any opportunities for capitalization. We should know where we are in the market and how external elements can affect business-as-usual. Everything should be examined relative to our goals.

No one should know more about your business than you’

  1. Team Manager

Darth Vader demonstrates great ability at managing his team. His style was to delegate and to then let them work autonomously without interjecting excessively. He looked for members that would consistently add value, assessing them along the way and pushing them when needed, all in an effort to build the most effective, strong team.

He praised those that did well (great quality) while reprimanding those who did not (not the most effective approach). Darth Vader’s ability to lead strong teams gave them the confidence and belief that they were more than capable of attaining their desired goal(s).

Observation: As leaders of people we strive to develop the strongest teams possible, teams that look at a goal and regardless of size find ways to achieve them, aiming to have teams that cover our blind spots (you don’t know, what you don’t know).

  1.       Take the Lead

Darth Vader was great at prioritizing and delegating responsibilities, however, his leadership skills really shone through with his ability to step in and take the lead when needed. We see Darth Vader take control of high pressure situations repeatedly throughout the series. Darth Vader knows when he needs to step in and take control of the situation. Demonstrated during his battles with Luke Skywalker and/or going into battle with his TIE Fighter during the Battle of Yavin

Observation: As leaders we should have the ability and know when to step in and take the reins, especially when a task is critical, when doing this we also need to take note of where additional training, mentoring, or coaching is required for the team and future endeavors.

As we can see, both Yoda and Darth Vader possess strong qualities that we as Leaders should be striving for. If you can mentor like Yoda or manage teams like Darth Vader, you will find great success. If you can acquire all of the skills stated, you will be unstoppable.

 

Food for Thought……

I pose the question; Did the Jedi fail Anakin Skywalker, if so how?

With today’s leadership and development tools could the fallout, have been avoided? To answer these questions, we examine Anakin’s turn to the Dark Side.

The Dark Side of Leadership:

To understand the man, Darth Vader, we need to understand the boy, Anakin Skywalker. If we take a look at Anakin’s childhood, we see he was a rebellious soul that had challenges with the status-quo and authority; possessed a high tolerance for risk. He had the Spirit of what would be deemed today as Adventurous, Innovative, Go-Getter.

Quick Background Recap; After Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn realizes Anakin is strong with ‘The Force’, he helps him gain his freedom with the purpose of taking him to Coruscant to train him as a Jedi. Anakin’s mother Shmi gives her consent to Qui-Gin, and watches her son leave the protection of her wings, as she stays behind.

Later in the series we see Anakin rushing to the aid of his mother in an effort to save her life, despite all of his training as a Jedi and his visions, he was unable to save her in time. We see this FEAR play out again with Padme (his forbidden love) when he starts to experience visions/dreams of her death during childbirth.

Up to this point Anakin has experienced slavery, loss of a parent, and now the fear of history repeating itself with the impending death of his wife. Through these trials Anakin vows to grow so powerful that he could prevent the ones he loved from dying.

When we look at the Episode “The Revenge of the Sith”, we witness Anakin’s transition to what was termed ‘The Dark Side’ and we see his internal struggle, although a man, still yet a boy.

So where could it have possibly gone wrong? As great as the Jedi Order deemed to be, from a LEADERSHIP perspective there was room for growth– for example the aspect of Emotional Intelligence (EQ). Let’s take a closer look at where it might have fallen down.

  • Failure to meet Anakin where he was – Everyone wants to be understood, before they are willing to understand. As leader we need to be able to understand the people we manage and lead, we need to get curious and ask questions like “This is what I am observing, help me understand what is happening here?”
  • Focus was honed in on Anakin’s Aptitude and not his Attitude – This was a young man in clear mental turmoil. As leaders we need to be mindful, that regardless how skilled an individual may be, is he ready mentally for the task at hand. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • Jedi Order lacked demonstrable Emotional Intelligence (EQ)  – A number one key skill for success as a leader, is mastering the areas of EQ, which is all about being Mindful, Perceptive and Aware. Gaining this knowledge and skill will allow you to have a deeper understanding of the following areas –  Self Awareness and Self Management; Relationship management (interactions with teams, peers, clients) and; Social Awareness. Mastering these skills will give you an edge advantage.

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them”. – John Maxwell

*Recommended Reading on EQ: Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ – Author Daniel Goleman

This is not to imply that Anakin would still not have ventured off to the ‘Dark Side’, however, if he had been given the people skills, understanding, and emotional support he needed, it would have presented a different set of options at play.

Not excusing ability this is highly important, yet, without the necessary people skills we find ourselves with clouded vision and impulsive actions. For this reason, we must create work environments that foster both ability and attitude. When we strive to have strength in both we create our most effective and dynamic teams which will ultimately lead to success.

As we wrap up, we see, The Jedi’s focus was on Luke’s ability to save the Galactic Empire, they failed to see he needed to be saved himself! – Lets not make the same mistake with Teams with Lead/Manage, including ourselves.

We hope you enjoyed the read, we would love to hear your thoughts/perspectives in comment section below.

Here’s to Your Success for 2016, Happy NEW YEAR, from the Quantum Change Consulting, Team.                                                

Gita and Spenser

 

Boundless Breakthroughs – New Year Thinking

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It’s December once again; Time to reflect on the year past and time to start gearing up for the year to come. Between all of our extracurricular activities (work parties, kid’s recitals, ski trips, etc.) we begin to reflect on the Learning’s of 2015, what we did well, as well as what we can improve on. I personally undergo a Brain dump and get everything on paper… Lo and behold several sheets later.

Reflection – Maybe you implemented a new sales strategy that fostered financial growth within your company – you would do well to keep this up. Maybe you tried a new marketing strategy that didn’t hit the mark as expected – Lesson – now you have a better idea of where your marketing should focus.

Once everything is down on paper and you’ve had the time to fully reflect and digest, this would then be a good time to focus on the future of your Business and/or Career, by looking at what you need to Foster and Develop for the coming Year.

Below, I have listed 3 of my 7 top areas of focus for 2016. Please feel free to use:

1. Appreciate & Grow Customer Clientele

AppreciationThis one may be a no brainer, but it must be mentioned. Our clients are the lifeblood of our business and without them where would we be. At this time of year, I like to think about the AMAZING clients I partner with, and how I can appreciate them. I have found, that taking genuine care and going that extra mile, has always taken my business and my clients to new level, referrals is one of the top ways to grow a business.

New Clients – In anticipation for new client acquisitions, I start by reading new blogs to see trends and demands from my target market; I get a new books list ready including Journal, Papers and Specialist publications, for those of you who travel a lot for work/business check out www.audible.com , this has been a lifesaver for me, I get through 2-3 book’s a week, depending on the length, which in turn enables me to be a clued up resource for my clients, as well, as adding to the continual expansion of my knowledge and perception base.

Listed below are 3 of my top twenty books from 2015 (recommended reading for all those within Leadership positions):

  • Boundaries for Leaders – Henry Cloud
  • Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek
  • Crucial Conversations (2nd Edition) – Kerry Patterson

If any of these business books weren’t on your radar for 2015, make sure they are on your list for 2016, you won’t regret it!

Step into Your Customers Shoes – I like to step into my customers’ shoes, and ask myself and my team, if I were our customers or a potential customer how would we view our service?, following we would then look at fresh new ideas we can bring to the table, that continually add value.

***Always think about what you can provide that is different, to build new relationships and capitalize on existing ones.

2. Spend More Time Connecting – Relationships, Relationships, Relationships……

This area cannot be overstated, Relationships are Key ‘It is not just about who you know, it’s about who knows you’. Whether you are an employee, in mid – level management, or a CEO, connecting will always be integral to your success.

Connecting – In the New Year focus on connecting whenever possible and you will be amazed by the results. Aim to connect with people on a basic human level, people want to be understood before they are willing to understand, some of my most treasured personal and business relationships started out with a SMILE at a coffee shop.

Apply the art of listening to the people you serve albeit the teams you lead; your personal/professional peers as well as the clients you partner with.

By connecting with multiple levels of your organization you are able to view how everyone interacts and handles day-to-day business. In doing this you are able to see how the business runs from a broader perspective, enabling you to have a deeper connection with your organization and the people within.

Networking – Networking outside of the company will be crucial as well. Getting outside of your organization to connect, with other professionals, may be just what you need to spark a new idea, or a different way of thinking. Connect with people in your field as well as outside, to give yourself new and refined perspective, some of my fruitful Strategic Partnerships come from same field collaborations.

3. Be Distinct

This action is of ever growing importance. With businesses constantly becoming more competitive and transparent, you may begin to find it harder to differentiate yourself.

Nowadays your potential customers have many options when searching for a service that you provide. This year make the time to take a hard look at what you are doing and what your competitors are doing. Some key questions to ask yourself are:

  • Are you catering to the same Markets, how can you differentiate yourself?
  • What is the difference in the quality of work delivered?
  • What is Your Superpower? (we all have that special something that we are known for, sometimes it’s so innate we don’t even realize it’s our biggest asset)
  • How can you improve what you offer?
  • What do your clients want more of?
  • What new services and products will best serve your client’s needs?
  • How can you create yourself as an EXPERT to increase your Market value?

As we wrap up, always remember this simple point, you will know you have found your groove, when the competition begins to follow your lead.

Now, with our goals in focus, let’s make 2016 ROCK

Here’s to Your Success from the Quantum Change Consulting, Team.

Gita & Spenser

www.quantumchangeconsulting.com

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“Enlightenment” Your 7 days program to Positive thinking ( 1 step given each day of this week)

I’m sure you have a bright idea hidden somewhere in the back of your mind that you just can’t wait to test out. Of course you’re not the only one with the bright idea. So what motivates you to churn those creative, or even inspiring juices to its utmost flavor?

It’s always best to set up a personal goal where you can accomplish the most in record time, maybe like mowing the lawn in an hour before the big game on TV. A correct and positive attitude in whatever you do will make things easier, and even enjoyable.

Here are some tips to make it through the week even if you’re just sitting in your favorite couch. An idea takes time to form in your head and is always at work while you are busy sitting.

Having a bit of positive thinking can help you realize things that are never thought possible. Thinking big is indeed the American Way and that what made our country prosperous.

1. Take passionate action towards living your life by design. Talk is cheap. Action = deposits in the bank of a passionately authentic future. Without it, passion is void.

This is a perfect example where dreams are made of where you start by tinkering with your mind, then with your hands. And if the idea weakens, you can always go back to it later until you finish it.