Keiths Executive Blog

Friday, 16 May 2014 15:12

You’ve Graduated, Now What?

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Earning your MBA is a great accomplishment, indeed an achievement worth celebrating, but often times the question running through the minds of most new graduates is…now what?  Of course you want to land the perfect job, but how do you do it? While being an educable and ambitious alumnus helps, it’s only one part of the equation. Here are some tips on how you can go from an unemployed graduate to the job you so desire. *  Social Media—Face it, we live in a technologically-driven society heavily influenced by social media, and when used correctly, can serve as an assisting platform for jobseekers. You’ll be surprised at the number of companies using sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to scout potential employees. So, be cautious in how you use social media. Your conversations should be relevant to the industry. Demonstrate that you’re someone who brings value to the company. Be a thought leader. *  Be visible—No one climbs the corporate ladder by themselves. Someone has to see you and pull you up, but in order to do so; you need to make your presence known. You want to make sure that people know who you are and that they…
Monday, 05 May 2014 04:40

Executive Success Lies in Management

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Becoming an executive is by no means an easy walk in the park. Leading a company takes a great deal of effort and responsibility. The best leaders are those who have an innate ability to apprehend and relate to people on every level. However, as an executive you may not always have the time to connect with what is often a large staff. So, a good executive will understand that in order to lead an organization and its members efficiently, there must be an amalgamation of upward management skills as well as empathy to recognize the needs of those below. By doing so, you’re not only setting your team up for success, but it also gives you the opportunity to focus your time and efforts on more demanding issues. Here are five helpful suggestions to consider when managing a large company:   Be the decision-maker, but don’t do it on your own. While it is true that ultimately, the final decision comes down to the executive, it doesn’t mean you have to make it on your own. Bringing the right people together during the decision-making process allows for new ideas and different perspectives. Encourage collaboration. Stress the importance of teamwork. Michael Jordan…
Friday, 18 April 2014 22:22

Leading In A Crisis: “Dos and Dont’s”

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Winston Churchill once said, “You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory; victory at all costs; victory in spite of all terror; victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.” The same wisdom Winston Churchill imparted while taking office back in 1940 is still significant as it pertains to challenges many organizations face today. The first step to overcoming disaster begins with good leadership. 1. Don’t Act Hastily: During a crisis is where your leadership skills are challenged the most. It is the leader’s responsibility to not only provide direction for the team, but respond to the problem in a timely manner without making irrational or hasty decisions as well.  2. Don’t Panic:With any crisis come not only fear and apprehension, but terror and panic, so it is up to the executive to address the magnitude of the crisis before alarming the team. Additionally, a good leader must take control. While it may be impossible to control the actual problem at hand, it is the leader’s job to control the response. 3. Consult with the Experts: Because crises are unpredictable, leaders must practice flexibility in…
Monday, 14 April 2014 17:35

Transitioning To The Corner Office

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Making the transition from manager to executive successfully isn’t as easy as moving from one office to the next. It takes effort and adjustment in your leadership focus and skills. When you step into the executive role, it’s not just about your expertise and knowledge in one particular department, but the ability to see the company’s overall goals and objectives as a whole. Often times, new executives make the mistake of leading with the same mentality from a managerial perspective by trying to run a division rather than leading an entire organization. Understanding the significance of making the shift from a senior manager who has all the answers to a leader who knows that in order to lead efficiently, one must surround themselves with a great team of individuals who will advise, plan and execute in the areas where perhaps the executive is not the strongest, is important when positioning yourself for an executive role. This is just one of many adjustments to consider as you step into your new title. So here are a few tips to help ease the transition:   Out with the old; In with the new—Relinquish the old ways of managing situations and let go…
Monday, 24 March 2014 14:52

Maintaining Employee Happiness

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You’ve heard the saying before, “happy wife, happy life.” Well this timeworn concept not only applies to the home front, but to the office as well. It’s really quite simple; when your employees are fulfilled the entire company reaps the benefits. It creates a positive work environment which contributes to the overall culture of the company, resulting in the organization’s success. Employees who find joy in working each day are more engaged and connected to their jobs. A culture comprised of unhappy workers is detrimental to an organization. Therefore, it is your job as a leader to maintain a happy work space. So, on the heels of the second annual International Day of Happiness, here are a few suggestions to consider when it comes to your employees: 1. Treat Employees with Respect—Personnel on every level need to feel like they are bringing something to the table. By treating your staff with respect says that you value them as assets to the company. Subsequently, they become more concerned with helping the organization reach its intended level of success. 2. Trust the People You’ve Hired—Give employees opportunities to shine by allowing them to take on projects and responsibilities without second-guessing or demeaning…
Friday, 07 March 2014 14:41

Understanding The Perception Gap

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Several weeks ago I discussed with you the importance of perception and proposed the question of whether or not perception is truly a reality. The question, although seemingly easy enough to answer is actually a lot harder to come to grips with than one might think. While you may perceive yourself to be an effective leader, there is a chance that others may see differently, and what those around you think of you, matters! A perception gap can cause a great divide between an executive and his team. Initially, for most leaders, it’s all about the job and task at hand, often showing less concern for what people think about them. However, more leaders are recognizing the importance of perception from the start. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Fox News Live about the two different types of perception, the way you see yourself and the way others see you, and how understanding the importance of perception can help or hinder your executive career. When you lack self-awareness of the acuities of others, your perception becomes distorted. Some leaders fall into the trap of not knowing how they’re portrayed by other people. The worst thing you can do…
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