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To be a successful executive, managing your career well is imperative. While many executives rely on their employers to manage theirs, taking charge of your own future should be done strategically.
Short, Medium, and Long-Term Career Management - Alder Koten To be a successful executive, managing your career well is imperative. While many executives rely on their employers to manage theirs, taking charge of your own future should be done strategically.
Whatever the reason of your leave, maintain good relationships with your boss, colleagues, and other stakeholders.
Seven Tips on Leaving a Job With Grace and Positivity - Alder Koten Your past experiences with the old company shall serve as a strong foundation for the future position. Moreover, you still have your former boss and colleagues’ support whenever you need them in the future. Be graceful and stay positive.
Being an authentic leader refers to being true to one’s self and values, while maintaining a strong coherence between what one thinks, feels, and does.
Myths and Facts of Being and Authentic Leader - Alder Koten Every leader should be aware of the privilege that being a leader brings to others and the team. By growing yourself authentically, you are providing them with an opportunity to move forward and learn together. An authentic leader is a learner, facilitator, mediator, and solution provider, after all...
Every culture has its leadership and communication styles. American managers who are considering to lead an offshore team in Mexico should understand the differences between US and Mexican styles and cultures.
Leading an Offshore Team in Mexico - Alder Koten Managing an offshore team in Mexico is both a rewarding and a challenging position. As long as you do your research in advance to understand the leadership and communication styles better, you should be fine.
The maquiladora industry provides Mexico with good employment, economic stability, and foreign exchange. A win-win relationship.
The Advantages of Manufacturing in Mexico - Alder Koten Manufacturing Mexico allows American companies to save costs and use a greater portion of their profits for research and product development. This, in return, would increase more production to be manufactured in Mexico. The maquiladora industry provides Mexico with good employment, economic stabilit...
“Servant leadership” is a leadership style in which the leader places the importance on the followers, not on the power on top. The leader leads by serving consciously through inspiration, motivation, and exercising care for the well-being.
5 Reasons Why You Should Switch to the Rare Servant Leadership - Alder Koten The combination of personality traits that would make up the “servant leader” cannot be found easily among available candidates or, even, the world’s population. It requires a heightened level of awareness to make it work. Some organizations even train candidates for such qualities.
To deal with the challenges in managing a multicultural organization, a leader must increase their ability to appreciate differences and adopt inclusive approaches.
Five Ways to Effective Multicultural Leadership - Alder Koten According to leadership expert Juana Bordas, in today’s globalized world, multicultural leadership combines influences, practices, and values of the diverse culture in a respectful and productive manner. It also requires awareness on various situations, contexts, and assumptions.
The best output of commitment-based management is excellence in execution. And it translates to excellent error-free deliverables.
Five ways that a commitment-based leader can improve the execution process - Alder Koten commitment-based leadership is a leadership style that works by commitment-based management, where an organization is driven by the quality and fulfillment of explicit network of commitments made between people in the organization and their customers. And there are five ways that a commitment-based....
Great leaders do more than leading by example. They also cultivate new leaders.
Leading by Example, Is It Enough? - Alder Koten Here are five things to do for leaders who lead by example while also cultivating new leaders meaningfully.
It takes less than a minute to fully digest a resume and flag that person for follow-up.
A top recruiter on what anyone can see after 30 seconds with your resume - Alder Koten This question originally appeared on Quora: What do recruiters look for in a resume at first glance?
One crucial time to be an effective listener is when another person is discussing a problem with you that he or she feels strongly about.
Listening first: A lesson from Lincoln - Alder Koten Lincoln was patient enough to convey the unspoken message and strong enough to understand that every questions requires a detailed justified answer. Listening and acknowledging can sometimes be the strongest answer.
Trust is supported by the follower’s perception of the leader’s ability to listen and discern prior to deciding or emitting judgments.
Are you really listening? You're not fooling anyone. - Alder Koten Listening is an effective component of leadership when it becomes a behavior that builds credibility and supports a leader’s ability to guide others into finding their answers versus providing them. The highest level of listening is achieved when it supports leadership as a relationship. When trus...
Once you are done the interview take the time to think about what you could have improved and take it into consideration on your next interview or presentation.
Tip of the Day: Prepare for an interview and maximize the experience. - Alder Koten Take the job interview as an opportunity to perform and as an opportunity to take your presentation and preparation skills to the next level.
The recruitment and selection of professionals and managers is one of the most investments an organization can make. The cost of a bad hire can have a tremendous impact on time, money and company culture.
What is the difference between competences and competencies? - Alder Koten In short, a competence's focus in on the what and the competency's focus is on the how.
Take the job interview as an opportunity to perform and as an opportunity to take your presentation and preparation skills to the next level.
Don't just interview. Polish your skills and perform. - Alder Koten A quick search on Google will yield much information on how to prepare for an interview. You can find many interview questions and many guides on how to dress and even what questions to ask, but it all comes down to you wanting to spend the time to prepare yourself for the interview. Unfortunately,....
If you are not paying attention and not working towards a firm goal, by the time you realize it, you may find yourself with knowledge and experience that are not aligned to where you wanted to be.
Tip of the Day: Define and Drive Your Personal Brand and Product - Alder Koten Personal branding is about everything you do: every job, every social and personal endeavor will define who you are and what you can offer in the next step of your career.
How portable are your key competencies? Will you be able to replicate your success with a different support structure and in a different environment?
Are your skills and competencies portable? - Alder Koten Your potential performance outside of your current organization and your future potential for success can be debated if there is only evidence of success with a single organization, and hence, a single support structure and environment.
Leadership is much like parenting. You can read a lot, you can be taught, you can be mentored and guided, but in the end your leadership style will be unique to your experiences and particular situations.
Leadership is not about you - Alder Koten If you collected every single article that defined leadership, you’d probably have reading material for a many years, and you’d probably go crazy with ideas and suggestions on how to improve your leadership skills. Leadership is much like parenting. You can read a lot, you can be taught, you can...
Selling and describing yourself in a resume, a presentation, an interview or meeting is a crucial factor in getting noticed, getting promoted or getting hired.
Don't just say it, prove it - Alder Koten Selling and describing yourself in a resume, a presentation, an interview or meeting is a crucial factor in getting noticed, getting promoted or getting hired.
The silence that follows one of the basic interview questions tends to provide more insight about a candidate than the answer that will follow. What it says is that a candidate was not prepared for the interview.
The interview cheat sheet - Alder Koten Doing your homework is an important part of interviewing. So be prepared with your answers and be aware of the hidden messages that you will convey.
Don’t expect someone to hand you profit and loss responsibility overnight. It is a competence that takes time to learn and master. It is something that you will not learn overnight, and it is better to learn how to get there and take progressive actions towards mastering the art and science of taking care of the money.
The money competency - Alder Koten If you want a top job or any management position for that matter, you must have evidence of taking care of the money and making it grow. Let's call it "The Money Competency".
Leaders are great at innovating and inspiring, problem-solving and producing, but surprisingly, not all leaders are great managers. Being a leader is different than being a manager and that goes both ways. There are qualities that great managers have that great leaders lack.
5 Important differences between managers and leaders - Alder Koten When it comes to business, growing and succeeding requires more than just maintaining the status quo. To do that, you need people who are leaders – not just managers.
Participative leadership involves others but the burden and authority is still on the leader. Once a decision is made the leader must be strong-willed to carry the decision implementation.
Shaping the organization's culture from autocratic to participative leadership - Alder Koten By Jose Ruiz | Alder Koten Institute | Gonzaga University Organizational Culture: The elephant in the room In 2006 Mark Fields, then President of Ford Motor Company hung Peter Drucker’s quote “Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast” in their war room. “Mark was keenly aware that no matter ho...
Great leaders can be great communicators, but what makes them effective is their ability to guide others into finding their answers versus providing them.
Five traits of a great leader - Alder Koten Great leadership entails a holistic and not a mechanistic approach. It requires a delicate balance between satisfying short-term requirements and sacrificing time and resources today for the benefit of tomorrow.
Every resume is a one of a kind marketing communication with both explicit and implicit messages. It should be appropriate to your situation and focused on the story you want to tell.
10 basic guidelines to a high impact executive resume - Alder Koten Every resume is a one-of-a-kind communication mechanism with both explicit and implicit messages. It should be appropriate to your situation and the story you want to tell.
Most people fail to ask themselves a precious question: Why would a company hire me over someone else? It’s not easy since you will seldom know who you are going up against but there are easy ways to benchmark your resume and it’s a question that can keep you on your feet.
A company will hire you over someone else because… - Alder Koten The answer to the value of what you have to offer can’t be isolated from the context.
We live, work, and play in social circles that make the world appear small. Our blind side, the part outside of what we see and live every day, is actually much larger than what we tend to believe and accept.
Why change can slap you in the face and blindside your career - Alder Koten Bottom line: You cannot afford to drift and let outside factors define your future and your career. Take control, take ownership and drive it.
Loyalty is not what it used to be. And it shouldn't be. Business relationships exist for a mutual benefit. Employment is not an exception. Loyalty is assuming that the relationship can end.
The new loyalty and the freelance employee - Alder Koten True loyalty in an employment relationship takes into consideration what will happen to the other party when the business relationship ends.
Identify your strongest and most relevant competencies and put all your weight and resources behind them to stand-out and position yourself above your competitors.
The product called You - Alder Koten Today, in the age of the individual, you have to be your own brand” Be “the CEO of Me Inc.”
Globalization is transforming the market and it’s transforming your career. There is no margin for error and any half-effort is a wasted effort.
High-performance is the new average - Alder Koten Don’t expect the organization you work for to plan your career, establish your direction and pay for training you need to achieve your long-term goals.
Evidence in management and leadership suggest that while the nature of the roles is conflicting we are fully capable of switching from one role to another at any given point in time depending on what is required.
Leadership: YOU are not perfect, and that is just perfect - Alder Koten By Jose J. Ruiz | Alder Koten The premise is that the ideal executive does not exist. Our research indicates that there is no such thing as branding a person as an A, B, or Z type since the environment and context drive our behaviors. Great managers and leaders adapt, and their styles tend to […]
Somewhere along the way personal branding began to be defined as personal marketing and brand identity. Build your career with focus. Define yourself.
Make sure you have a product before jumping on the ‘Personal Brand’ band wagon - Alder Koten Personal branding is about how everything you do: every job, every social and personal endeavor will define who you are and what you can offer in the next step of your career. You cannot go wrong if you focus on that.
“Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.” -Ola Joseph
You build your personal brand through every element of your personal and professional experience. What you do with social media is present and promotes your brand, but the key lies with you.
ExecuNet Q&A: Does social media help attract recruiters? - Alder Koten By no means will an online profile replace the evaluation process that will help a recruiter identify if you are the right fit for a particular position or a specific organization.
While companies understand that money is important they will seek a candidate’s decision based on the challenge, expected career path and career development and not on an immediate boost in pay.
The pay increase you should expect when changing jobs - Alder Koten How much? There is no easy answer to this question but the best way to address it is to understand a company’s typical thought process.
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