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If it weren’t for great people like you…

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I’m inspired by this card and act of kindness by my colleague, Anne.  We have a professional relationship based on mutual respect.

 

Building mutual respect is essential in building strong and happy relationships.

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I am so inspired by this gift that I’ve been sending a donor, colleague or volunteer a brief note of appreciation each day.

 

I’ve met so many people who just want to see positive change for good in the places they live, work and play.

 

 Autumn Lily Pad Reflections 

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Effective leaders:

 

  •   Don’t lead alone, instead they empower others.

 

  •  Take responsibility for their actions and encourage the responsible behavior of others.

 

  •  Collaborate and follow through on assigned tasks.  Collective experiences and perspectives can foster the best possible ideas, opportunities, solutions and outcomes.

 

  •   Establish and maintain mutual respect by establishing respect for the values and perspectives of others.

 

  •  Use effective communication tools such as reflective listening.  Listening and immediately repeating back what was said, ensuring things were perceived correctly.

 

  •  Have the drive and inspiration to turn challenges into opportunities. “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have”. –Teddy Roosevelt.

The Human Service Forum shared this TED Talk that examines how happiness inspires productivity.  The happy secret to better work: http://bit.ly/17EFWDD

Daniel Goleman shares Don’t Write Off the Coaching Leadership Style:  http://linkd.in/1bt4tj7  This post gives some great tips on how to help employees grow and become more engaged.

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Leadership is not for everyone!

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Like everyone else, a leader must also take time to enjoy life and nurture their own well-being of mind, body and soul.

 

In part, successful leaders are great mentors, coaches, negotiators, and administrators who ensure employees can grow, develop and stay engaged in the workplace.  Ensuring high quality services are delivered by well qualified staff.

 

Exceptional leaders are the primary basis for maintaining, and upholding a strong sense of employee satisfaction and excellent services are delivered, while maintaining fiscal stability.

 

A good administrator ensures the best possible care of staff because they are fundamental to organizational success.

 

Leadership is not for everyone!  To those exceptional leaders who lead by example with integrity and perseverance – THANK YOU!

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Great post on Google+ on the life time value of your work that actually causes some self-reflection on the big picture. http://tombufordmarketing.com/determine-lifetime-value-work/

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September 27, 2013 · 12:59 pm

A Great Mentor Inspires Positive Growth!

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Meet Honey!  She is now 14 years old.  When I first got her, she fit in the palm of my hand.  She makes me smile!

 

During the past 14 years, one manager invested in me and helped me move into the next level of my career.  We learned from each other through upfront conversations, even in difficult times.  An excerpt of what he wrote “A great deal has been accomplished during a very problematic year.  As we review these accomplishments and plan for the future, we need to be realistic and optimistic.  It has been great working with you Wendy.  I look forward to planning for the future and putting our plans into operation.”   He set realistic benchmarks, performance expectations and mutually agreed upon goals.

 

Prior to my evaluation, I had to rate my performance on 37 benchmarks and goals; he would separately complete the evaluation.  Then we had a two-way conversation.  Prior to those meetings, I recall my hands feeling cool and clammy like a cucumber.  Though I dreaded those conversations, I grew.

 

Our discussions often gave us  different perspectives and ideas that got results.  Why?  We had a meaningful professional relationship based on mutual respect.  I valued his opinion; he valued my effort, ideas and feedback.  My work had value!

 

Under his leadership, as noted in a performance review I “established meaningful professional relationships, respected by clients, funders, staff and other area professionals”.  Within six months of being employed, I was promoted me to his Senior Management Team.  I stayed on his team, until he retired.

 

A great mentor inspires positive growth!  When you do find the balance of a mutually beneficial relationship it inspires profound growth, engagement and results.

 

Everyday, I am inspired by all the meaningful relationships that empower me to care, have empathy, continually learn, grow and change.  That is what inspires me to make a difference where I live, work and play.

 

The Human Service Forum shares a great read by Forbes: 6 Reasons Leaders Make Bad Decisions https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/1411231666bde2b6

 

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”. ~ Helen Keller

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Inspiring Leadership

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I was privileged to speak at the Urban Youth Collaborative Program (UYCP) Gala, at The Log Cabin on August 22, 2013.

 

Family members of my late Executive Director attended the Gala, because an award was being presented in his honor.

 

I began the speech with – Be inspired and empowered to make a difference. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~ Lori Siebert

 

At the end of my presentation, I received a thunderous applause by attendees. I also received double thumbs-up, a contagious smile and a strong hug by the inspirational leader who has led this program for 22 years.  Then the son of my late Executive Director crossed the room, gave me a hug and thanked me.  I was so deeply humbled.

 

Here are a few selections from that speech:  David was a humble man, who would often send me out to speak for him.  As my mentor, he would want me to share:  What a beautiful day it is for the 22nd Gala!  Looking back, I was privileged to be present for 18 Gala’s.  I can’t make this one, but my thoughts are with you.

 

You know what’s special about the UYCP?  You are!  Yes, you make UYCP special!  You have dedicated your time and talent to make life a little better for yourself; and for the children and adults you have worked with.  Thank you!

 

You transform our community.  Your voices bring excitement and joy!

 

As a mentor, the songs you sing, the games you play, the skits you perform, the art classes, the swings and slides and rock climbing, even the sound system blaring away – all bring new life and excitement to the area.  It is really special.

 

I closed the speech with – The Urban Youth Collaborative Program is a vital workforce leadership development program across the State of MA.  This program is vital in making a difference in lives of the people we serve.  Some day maybe it will be a National program, but for now it is making a difference in our community.

 

To continue moving forward, we have to look inward, before we can look outward and make lasting change.

 

If you don’t think there is a need for such a program in our community then I invite you to share your thoughts with me after the Gala.

 

Together we are a kaleidoscope of humanity building on our collective experiences, perspectives, and cultures to ensure the best possible thinking, ideas, opportunities and solutions are considered as we work to provide quality services for every member of our shared community, including those with developmental disabilities and behavioral issues.

 

Why is the Urban Youth Collaborative Program so important? You are the next generation of community leaders!

 

I will leave you with a quote:  “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

 

Thank you!

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