Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Are you adapting fast enough?

Get the most out of your changing workforce.

Several weeks ago I spent the Fourth of July holiday with my family on the Eastern end of Long Island, New York. As I looked around at people's faces at the local parade, I realized that this was no longer the same place in which I grew up. No matter where you live or where you're from, our melting pot of a society is forever adding to the landscape by blending and mixing a variety of people with different racial, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

These differences are also apparent in your workplace. Having your workforce effectively reflect your marketplace will also be beneficial to your business. Today, white Americans are the minority in several states such as California, Texas and New York, so beware if your workforce and leadership is lacking diversity.

In addition to the growth evident in the Hispanic, Asian and African-American communities, there are many factors changing the composition of your workforce.

For example, take a look at the globalization of our economy. Gone are the days where American businesses are contained to our borders. Today many companies are outsourcing whole departments like finance, accounting and customer service to places such as India and China. As a leader in such workplaces, you must be culturally sensitive to the global differences both in and outside of our borders.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Learn how to reach your goals with the help of others

The Connected and Committed LeaderI used to try to do everything myself...until I just couldn't do it anymore!

Even though you may try to juggle many things and try to do everything, it may give you the illusion of accomplishment, but what are you really accomplishing?

In the long-run, it is near-impossible to reach your goals without enlisting the help of others.

But what does it really take to motivate others? Come learn how to get the best out of others, so that you can more effectively reach your goals!

Practical, usable insights that can help you be more effective in leading others to help you get things done in business and in life.

There is still time to sign up! The curriculum is based on my award-winning book.

The Connected and Committed Leader
Where: 2855 Mangum, Houston 77092 (4th floor conference room)
When: August 18, 2008
Time: 8:30am -12:30pm
Tuition: $149.00/per person*

*Tuition includes a copy of my book and accompanying workbook.
Click here for more workshop details and to register.

Hope to see you on Monday, August 18.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Bring Your Heart to Work

Leadership in the 21st century is not reserved for “the top dogs.” Skills for managing timelines, projects and deadlines are not the same skills needed for leading people. When leaders micromanage, people under-perform.

In my new book, The Connected and Committed Leader, I explain the importance of bringing our hearts to work. Getting reluctant employees to accept new ideas is not much different than convincing a two-year-old that it’s time for bed. While being an effective leader is not easy, the rationale, insights and experiences offered in my new book will help CEOs, school principals, mid-level managers, teachers, and everyone in every organization to become the best leader they can be.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Are Men More Effective Leaders Than Women?

"Can men relate to The Connected andCommittedLeader insights, or are they strictly for women?"

While I do work with a lot of women, my insights are not exclusively designed for women. However, I find that the more I work with men, the more my research shows they rate lower on the insights on which women rate high, and vice versa.

So, it does beg some questions: Are men more effective leaders than women? Does gender play a role in being an effective leader?

The timeless debate of the sexes never seems to end. There are many stereotypes that ensue: women have better verbal skills, men are better at math, men are physically stronger, but women have better endurance. Some say men are more single-minded and focused, while women are natural multi-taskers. The list goes on and on.

Research has found that some of these beliefs are actually scientifically based. When studying male and female brains, researchers discovered that women have more cross-brain activity and have more highly developed verbal areas. Because a man's brain is less integrated, they tend to be focused on one thing at a time. So, you can start to see how some of these stereotypes might have a grain of truth to them.

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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Seeing Leadership in a Different Light - Five Questions with Laura Lopez

Good leadership is a lot like good manners: It's hard to define, but you know it when you see it.

Houstonian Laura Lopez has taken a stab, however, at identifying seven essential leadership qualities, including curiosity, consistency and vulnerability. She details them in her new book: The Connected and Committed Leader: Lessons from Home. Results at Work.

Until 2006, Lopez was vice president of marketing for the Minute Maid division of Coca-Cola Co. She rejected a transfer to Atlanta - her husband is in the oil business in Houston - and has become a leadership and branding consultant.

Lopez recently talked with the Chronicle's L.M. Sixel about the do's and don'ts of great leaders, the importance of listening to others and what to do about a bad boss.

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Friday, August 8, 2008

Business leadership needs heart

Laura Lopez has a resume that would catch the attention of any corporate headhunter.

But she says her real insights into business leadership trace to her adoption of a baby from Russia.

“As I sat with my daughter for two months, and uncovered what it really was about leadership … I came up with seven essential leadership insights that I was finding as a parent I was implementing,” says Ms. Lopez.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008

Can Motherhood Prepare You for the Boardroom?

They say that being a parent can stretch you. I believe this to be true. My daughter Leila was a big catalyst in my life. Without my daughter and the lessons she has given me, I wouldn't have written my book, nor become a leadership speaker.

Can being a parent prepare you for the board room? Do lessons from home translate to more effective business results? Yes, and yes again!

With as much discussion people have on work/life balance concerns, I wanted to share with you a few thoughts about bridging your two worlds; work and home.

Whether you are a parent, planning to be a parent or passing it all together, the work/life struggle is real for women and men alike.

The article is written with moms in mind, but have no fear men and non-mom women, the idea of borrowing concepts from home and applying them to work still applies to you.

I believe you can blend and borrow from each parts of your life for a customized, unified whole!

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Leadership as a Life Practice for Success

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"Laura Lopez draws insightful parallels between parenting and leading people at work, a much needed read for business in this 21st century. The Connected and Committed Leader captures the essence of a soulful approach to leadership."
— LeAnn Thieman, Coauthor, "Chicken Soup for the Nurse's Soul" and "Chicken Soup for the Caregiver Soul"

“Great book! As Laura writes, leadership is not exclusively for ‘the top dogs’ but for everyone. Her seven insights for leaders are really about being more effective human beings. Let's all start there! This is a thought-provoking work that can help all of us win, and win the right way."
— Don Knauss, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, The Clorox Company

“This is a book for men and women alike. Laura reminds us how important it is to 'bring your heart to work.' Her stories illustrate that leading from your head brings predictable results, but taking the risk and leading with your head and your heart can bring truly transformational results....for you, your team and your business."
— Abigail Rodgers, Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Motherly Instinct Should Be Applied in Business

Motherhood is a tough job. Many see a child's love as the only reward but one former business executive insists there is more. FOX 26's Duarte Geraldino reports how this Houston mother learned motherhood can also gives women the skills to lead and make millions of dollars.

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Do you earn what you are worth?

Money, money, money....we love it, we want it and yet we hate it.

With tax day behind us, some of us might be rejoicing to get more of it back and yet others are crying over the big check that had to be written.

Are you earning what you are worth? Ever wonder why big companies spend all that money to build brands? Money is the answer. Big brands bring in bigger bucks!

How do you build your brand to earn what you are worth? First, don't follow the pack...and don't make these other common mistakes.

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