My sons are superheroes. Like lots of other boys and girls, that’s what they’ve chosen to be this Halloween. They tell me earnestly they’re “real superheroes,” and I nod. What I mean and what they think I mean are different. It seems important to them to be powerful and strong, and dressing up in Lycra and armor seems to help. I know they’re dynamos with or without costumes; but they want to defy the law of physics and save the earth from “bad guys” before bedtime.
Oh, and get candy. I’m glad they have at least one measurable goal.
Lead the Way – An interview with author Terry Seamon
By Margaret O’Donnell, program manager, Rutgers Center for Management Development (CMD)
Rutgers CMD: Terry, last year you published your second book. Congratulations! It's called "Lead the Way." Please tell us about it.
The first time I presented a workshop on managing time was more than 30 years ago. The basic principles remain immutable: know your goals, identify the work that has to be done to achieve your objectives, prioritize the tasks and activities, then implement the plan on a daily basis (the really hard part). The basic tools and techniques also remain the same from creating an annual plan, to creating the daily “to do” list, to keeping a time log to identify time use patterns and time wasters. So, how does a time management “expert” have a major “Aha! moment”?
Change Management and Leadership for an Agile World
We all are confronted with change in our world. Be it in our private life, professional environment or society around us. Technology and new ways of communicating and collaborating are opening doors of opportunities, but are also questioning our expertise and proven ways of doing our job.
Living in Belmar between the ocean and famous “E” Street has been a joy.
With so much research, thinking, and writing on the topic of leadership, I sometimes wonder if we are getting any closer to really understanding it? I wonder if ordinary people recognize that they have the capacity to be leaders too?
Then along comes a force of nature, superstorm Hurricane Sandy, and we get a very clear idea of leadership in action.
"The best way to predict your future is to create it!" - Peter Drucker
This is one of my most favorite quotes and I often use it in the discussions about leadership. To me, as I have spent the past 25 years studying and positioning myself in the company of great leaders, this quote exemplifies what great leaders do.
In today’s economy, leaders often feel that they do not have the tools necessary to motivate their employees. Budgets are cut and managers are asked to do more with less. They don’t have the monetary resources to motivate their employees to go the extra mile, or take on additional work. Managers are at times frustrated that they can’t give their employees a monetary award, whether it is a bonus payment, a good raise, an achievement award or a special gift. Therefore, they feel helpless and unable to motivate their staffs.
Have you ever been nervous about beginning a new job? Most of us are as excited about a new work opportunity as we are uncertain about the proper way to take on the new assignment—and we know it takes more than luck to succeed. This is the moment that we need support and guidance. Unfortunately even the most well-intentioned may repeat the tactless phrase: “the job is yours to lose”. While the statement is true, it offers little concern for the natural anxiety of an important life event, often leaving the recipient confused and uncertain.
“Does't thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” - Benjamin Franklin
Life can feel like it is zooming by at a hundred miles an hour. We have full task lists at work. Our houses need repairs. Children need to be chauffeured from one activity to another. We move quickly from one activity to the next without taking time to think about what we are doing. Before we know it, our stress levels are sky high and that can result in a number of health problems.