Have you ever had to work with someone you just don’t like? We’ve all been there, and whether it is based on a competitive history or you don’t like their communication style, we’ve all had that feeling of tension that rises when this person walks in the room.
Are you courageous? Or not? I had always seen myself in the “not courageous” camp. Fortunately, I learned that courage is actually a muscle that you build over time. You have to push the muscle beyond its comfort zone, then you rest and recover, and try again. Like any muscle building activity, consistency and intentionality are key to build on your progress from week to week.
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” Ayn Rand
I love this quote from Ayn Rand, because it places the power with her. Thinking like this helps keep doubts in check, and self-imposed hurdles at bay. This is what Signature Leaders is all about. Every person starts with their own unique gifts, their Signature. What they do with them is up to them.
Happy Anniversary Signature! 5 years ago today, 30 women from four continents, representing 22 companies in roles ranging from general management to legal, made up the first graduating group of the Signature Program.
At this point in 2018, you have probably heard the term “reverse mentoring.” It is where less experienced professionals mentor their own leaders. Cox Communications, located here in Atlanta, GA, is doing this using the Wisdom Warriors book to facilitate discussions. Many other companies are employing this relatively new concept to get the most out of their workforce and give their leaders access to the skills and knowledge available in its up-and-comers. Reverse mentoring allows companies to bring new perspectives into leadership conversations and make it a safe space to give and receive information.