Managing with true colors

Personality and Leadership

Let’s ponder Your personality and leadership Style.

Managing people can be tricky. No, it is tricky.  There are hurdles, challenges, and a multitude of tests.  If you ever Google terms like “being a good manager” or “tips for managers,” hundreds of results surface. Some are good.  Others are worthy of an instant click on the noble “back” arrow. I hope you don’t do that here. 🙂   But “Your Personality and Your Leadership Style” seemed a perfect title for this blog post.

The theories on management are as numerous as the sand on the sea.  Some tips are generic, while others are more specific. But, I think the best perspectives consider temperament research.

Training Kansas City Youth for Success

Training Kansas City Youth for Success

I’m a better “aunt” than “mom” …when it comes to other people’s kids, that is.

Allow me to offer some context.

Training Kansas City Youth is my skill; ongoing opportunities and supports are not.

Over the years, I have developed a great reputation for  delivering engaging, effective and fun True Colors training in Kansas City.

I’ve trained the gamete – young, old and everything in between.

But, I recognized a long time ago that I am better with adults than I am with young people. Don’t get me wrong.  I love young people. I love training them, but I’m not as skilled as the thousands of youth workers (or youth professionals) out there doing youth development’s “heavy lifting” day in and day out. There is a science to what they do. There are attributes associated with what they do.

Dressing inappropriately for job interview

Dressing inappropriately for an interview

Beware: dressing inappropriately for a
a job interview can be totally avoided.

I felt so bad.  I almost couldn’t rebound from that dark, lurking sense of regret. It was like a gray cloud looming over my training, and I couldn’t seem to shake it. I thought about what I should have said, could have said, and ended back at the point of the scenario where remorse resided. Let me get you caught up on what I’m talking about. My subject is dressing inappropriately for an interview, which ties in. Hang in there with me.

Ideas to say thank you to your volunteers

Managing Volunteers -Tips for Volunteer Managers

Managing volunteers is the trickiest of management situations. It requires a share of intentionality, planning, and even mind-reading.  #Volunteers #Volunteermanagement (sorry, this is for my Twitter feed). 🙂

First of all, volunteers are not staff. Duh, right?

Unlike staff, they are not aligned with your organization because of a paycheck. I like to say, volunteers are “paid in the currency of the heart”. They serve because they care. Either they care about your mission, your constituency, or about you, the

being professional emails

Email etiquette rules in the workplace

Today’s topic: email etiquette rules in the workplace. Have you ever been completely awestruck by a rude, silly, or insensitive email?

I have! I can believe how ignorant (or insensitive) some managers email communications can be. I’ve met and encountered several leaders who desperately need to read an entire book on email etiquette tips for managers.

What surprised me most was that the person’s email tone was completely different from the person I had met. In other words, the sender was warm, charming, and professional in person, but via email, they morphed into evil, mean, wicked Rumpelstiltskin.