Becoming Global-Minded by Kimberly Wiefling (Wiefling Consulting)

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(This article is first published in Japan in the English Journal by my agent ALC Global Leadership and Talent Development Division.)

QUESTION:  “My subordinates are younger than me, but they seem much more global-minded. I know I need to change, but I’ve never worked abroad, and I’m afraid I won’t be able to change. How can I become more ‘global’ and continue to be a leader at our company when the world is changing so quickly?” Continue reading

How to Be a Successful New Leader by Kimberly Wiefling (Wiefling Consulting)

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(This article is first published in Japan in the English Journal by my agent ALC Global Leadership and Talent Development Division.)

QUESTION: “I’ve just been promoted to leading a new team and don’t know where to start. What should I do first?”

ANSWER: Congratulations on your promotion! While a strong start is not a simple matter of following a recipe – we’re dealing with human beings, not baking cookies – here are four key areas important to a new leader’s success. Continue reading

Too Much Work! by Kimberly Wiefling (Wiefling Consulting)

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(This article is first published in Japan in the English Journal by my agent ALC Global Leadership and Talent Development Division.)

QUESTION: “I have twice as much work as I have hours in the day. No matter how hard I work I’m always behind. Help!”

ANSWER: I know how you feel! There will always more work than time, so being “behind” is kind of normal. These five practices will help you reduce your stress and optimize how you use your time. Continue reading

Changing Jobs or Your Career by Kimberly Wiefling (Wiefling Consulting)

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(This article is first published in Japan in the English Journal by my agent ALC Global Leadership and Talent Development Division.)

QUESTION: “After working for 20 years in the same kinds of jobs I realize that I don’t enjoy my work, but it’s all I know. How can I change to a new career that really inspires me? The work I’m doing now isn’t at all what I wanted to do. But I don’t have guts to change careers; I’m afraid of failure and losing everything.” Continue reading

From Mentor to Colleague by Kimberly Wiefling (Wiefling Consulting)

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(This article is first published in www.svprojectmanagement.com. Image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Some mentoring relationships last a single meeting, but others last a lifetime. Sometimes a mentoring relationship will turn into a long term relationship. (No, I don’t mean that you sleep with your mentor, or marry them.) I mean that they will come to value and enjoy the mentoring relationship as much as you do. This has happened in several of my mentoring relationships. Because we enjoyed our mentoring sessions so much we continued them beyond the point where I was seeking advice and guidance from them. Eventually they started to ask me for advice. Mentoring turned into co-mentoring, and eventually friendship. (I sometimes have joked that they were the mentor, but I was the tor-mentor!) Continue reading

Communicating with More Experienced Team Members by Kimberly Wiefling (Wiefling Consulting)

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QUESTION:  “I’ve just started to manage a new department and I don’t know how to communicate with my more experienced subordinates. Some of them have worked for this department for more than 5 years and they know much more than me.  It’s not that they make light of me, or put me down or anything, but I’m very worried about what they think of me. What can I do?” Continue reading