3 Questions for Balancing Empathy and Expectations as a Leader

Quite a while ago, I wrote about the “Es of LEadership” with empathy being one of them.  Not included in these essential “Es” was “expectations”.   And as the article on empathy points to, sometimes managing expectations and having empathy seem to be in direct conflict. Setting, communicating, monitoring and maintaining expectations is a critical skill for leaders.  We must maximize performance of others through effectively setting expectations high and constantly pushing others to reach higher.  When we do so, we provide meaningful and challenging work, which has been shown to increase worker satisfaction leading to higher productivity (and profits). Yet

Developing a Personal Mission Statement to Prevent Stress & Burnout

As I began my career with Horizon Point Consulting, Inc., one of my first goals was creating a personal mission statement. Successful companies create mission statements. Why shouldn’t people who want to be successful do the same? Even if you are in a career that you truly love, sometimes you can get burned out and lose focus. That’s where the personal mission statement comes in. When you have a mission statement to reflect upon, you can avoid burn out. It is a litmus test for determining priorities and steering direction. My personal mission statement reads: I will strive daily to

Career Spotlight: Most Stressful Jobs

Do you like to live on the edge? If so, you might find your future career on the most stressful jobs list. A recent study suggests that jobs that require you to face unpredictable conditions, immediate dangers and high-stakes situations rank among the most stressful of 2014. According to a study from job search site CareerCast, jobs where people are putting their lives on the line are the most stressful. Who tops the list you ask? Military personnel (enlisted and generals), firefighters and airline pilots are all there. According to the site, salaries and education levels for the most stressful

5 leadership lessons I learned in the Army that help me in the real world

Davis Ozier is a perfect example of the value Veterans can bring to business. After serving in combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan in the Army as leader, he is now working on his MBA at the Darden School of Business to apply his leadership skills in the private sector.  Through his experiences, he can help us learn some very important lessons in dealing with real world problems. Here are 5 leadership lessons Davis learned through his service: 1. Make the decision (or recommendation).  We will never have all of the information that we wish, but will still be forced to make the decision. 

Career Spotlight: Legislative Aide

Are you a good communicator? Do you enjoy doing research and analyzing data? Is making arrangements and planning trips something you love to do? If so, you should consider a career as a Legislative Aide! Legislative aides work with representatives, senators and government officials to manage communication with constituents, organize representatives’ schedules, research legislation and typically direct activities in their offices. The requirements for a position as a legislative aide often vary according to the office and needs of the legislator. Education Required: Associate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree Skills and Personal Abilities: Written and Oral Communication Organization Critical Thinking Monitoring