3 Leadership Lessons I’ve Learned From Making All The Mistakes: Lesson 1 – Complete Communication

Guest post in our leadership series. I met Paul Pickard, CTO for Korrus, a few months ago, and am so impressed by his appreciation of the human aspects of leading technical teams. Enjoy! – Kimberly

I’ve been meeting people on LunchClub for the past year or so, and it’s given me the opportunity to connect with people with diverse interests and backgrounds from different locations around the country and world.  I was recently speaking with an early career software engineer who was mulling over an opportunity to move into a position where she managed people.  She asked me for my “top of mind” things to I’ve learned about managing people in my career.  After explaining that anything I could relate would come from having made all the mistakes – some of them repeatedly – I came up with three core intentions that I’ve adopted over the years and passed them along.  I say intentions because I don’t always exhibit these behaviors, but it is certainly my aspiration to do so.  This post covers the first intention.  I’ll follow up with the other two in subsequent posts.

#1: Communicate Completely

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Common Roots: Shifting Context – Leadership Springs from Within

What does a rubber chicken like this one? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have to do with a book like this one?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, Kimberly Wiefling (rubber chicken lady) met Linda Alepin (now author of above book) when they started their study of generative leadership as young professionals.  

Kimberly was inspired by the principles of vision, listening, and dreaming to become widely known in the leadership arena, particularly working with innovative Japanese companies.  

Linda took the same principles into industry, academia, founding a not for profit that worked with hundreds of people around the globe and, finally, to this book.  

Join Linda as the author (and Kimberly as a participant) on Friday, February 4 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM PST (GMT -8).  You will hear stories of people from around the world who are featured in the book. 

It’s FREE.  Register at bit.ly/shifting-context-launch.

Shifting Context:  Leadership Springs from Within is available for pre-sale at Amazon https://amzn.to/3IHdJFS.  

Here is what Rayona Sharpnack had to say about the book:

“Shifting Context: Leadership Springs from Within is an important book at an important time in history. Research consistently shows that countries who seriously invest in women’s and girls’ empowerment get a dramatic return on their investment financially, socially, and in all ways that matter for a civil society. 

The women featured in this book are exemplars of that important investment! 

The book will inspire you, move you, and remind you of the hidden power that women have to make all of our lives better. Kudos to Linda and Barbara for their essential leadership in this movement for social entrepreneurship!”

 —Rayona Sharpnack, Founder/CEO at Institute for Gender Partnership and Women’s Leadership, Inc. 

These true stories of sheroes and heroes from around the world will inspire you.  They demonstrate how leadership that springs from within brings about real social change. 

If you are a passionate leader who wants to create greater impact do not miss this book launch and be sure to read the book. 

Reliable online SMS services with Poland numbers

Contributed article in our security series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Reliable online SMS services with Poland numbers

Look at these Reliable online SMS services with Poland numbers for the best work process.

Privacy is a prime concern of the users of virtual phone numbers

Virtual second phone number services keep their users’ privacy safe by creating second phone numbers for a particular region. Users can rely on such numbers to protect themselves from identity thefts and other risks regarding internet services and stuff. Virtual phone numbers are designed for users who care about their privacy and regard it as their priority.

OnlineSIM service offers virtual phone numbers from Poland

This service’s technology allows it to receive text messages from Polish social media, stores, and other online platforms. There are freephone numbers and individual paid-for virtual numbers, which make it possible to receive SMS now.Continue reading

Tech Fluency

Contributed article by Yvonne Burton of Burton Consulting International and Silicon Valley Alliance Associate.

Technological fluency is a major part of global business skills and in the age of remote work, the need for companies to have Tech Fluency has become more and more apparent. I work mainly with Japanese companies and although many major corporations are proactive in utilizing technology to the fullest, I find that an equal number are not. Whether, small, medium, or large, many Japanese companies are behind in using technology tools for maximum benefit and suffering for it.

This first article provides a general introduction to the theme,  a look at what is missing and the state that a lot of companies found themselves in when the pandemic propelled all of the world into remote work. Some companies seamlessly adapted, but for many others, it was and continues to be more of a challenge. Going forward, I will be writing more on this theme and what companies can and should be doing to increase fluency.

‘Tech Fluency’ was first published on JapanCulture-NYC where, as Business Editor, I write a bi-monthly column. I am re-posting the complete article here.

Technological Fluency

That is a mouthful. I call it Tech Fluency.

What is Tech Fluency?

Let me define it by looking at its components.

Technology: Techniques, skills, methods, and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives.

Fluency: The quality or condition of being fluent. In addition, it is also defined as the ability to express oneself easily and articulately. It is usually applied to languages.

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How Having a Blog Can Improve Your Business Website

The worldwide web is only getting bigger each day. More people are posting about anything and everything, and because you own a business, you need to get on board. The businesses that have blogs and relative content for their business are proven more successful in society. If you want to continue to expand and reach your maximum potential with business growth, then creating a blog is just one way to expand yourself. If you want to know exactly how a blog grows your company, below are just a few reasons that are on a long list that proves a blog is worth the time to implement on your business website.

Higher Authority In The Search Engine World

With search engines like Google, Bing, Duck Duck Go, or others, having authority makes all the difference for your business. The way these search engines post your business is based on an authority algorithm. They want individuals that type in a few keywords in the search bar to find the best results the fastest. They determine what companies or options to give the searchers through using a qualified line up of high-authoritative websites. This is also a way for searchers to get the information they need without spending countless hours.Continue reading

Five Ways Customer Feedback Can Improve your Business

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

The best way to improve your business is to ask your own customers directly how they feel about your products. As a result, customer feedback is an essential part of any modern business. If you are thinking about either starting a process of customer feedback or looking for ways to boost its use in your business, we have created a list of five ways that customer feedback can improve your business:

Increase Customer Accountability 

Customers want to be listened to and to feel that their complaints are legitimate. A feedback survey is a great way to allow them to air their grievances, in the process making them trust your business far more. It doesn’t matter how big or small you are: Tesla, owned by Elon Musk, currently the world’s richest man, has created a new job role just for people’s Twitter complaints directed at him. As a result of creating this sense of trust, your business will become one that people will like more and want to do more business with. This doesn’t necessarily have to be just for customers either — feedback is also a great way to learn more about your employees and what processes they want the business to put in place in order for them to improve.   

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Seven Main Ways Millennials are Changing the Definition of Leadership in 2020

Contributed article in our business series. Enjoy! – Kimberly

Millennials are “rebellious path-breakers” who shun everything traditional and believe in making their path. And over the years, it is the millennials have collectively transformed the way we communicate and conduct business.

This is the generation that reconciles logic and emotions. The millennials are both educated and empathic, and they want to make the world a better place. And it is this optimism that reflects the way they lead business ventures as well.

Here are seven ways in which Millennials are redefining leadership in 2020

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Personalised Professional Workplaces

Gone are the days when people separated their personal and professional spaces. The millennial work culture is more flexible, intuitive, and interactive. And the office spaces and workstations are an extension of this attitude.

Most of the start-ups that we see around have a very vibrant, friendly vide to it. Even big shot corporations like Google have incorporated the millennial culture. A millennial leader is not dogmatic or dominating. Instead, they focus on building a personal connection with their team.

However, that being said, millennial work culture also stresses on work-life balance. Effective time management, flexible working hours, home-based working options are more prevalent than ever.

Transformations > Transactional Leadership

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