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    October 23rd, 2009

    ♫ In elementary I used crayons, even chalk
    I learned to count money before I could read and talk
    And my mama told me son, you need to shine
    I couldn’t stand at the back, I had to lead the line..♫

    Lyrics and Music by Wesley Weston Jr. and Tommy Granville, Jr, recorded by Li’ Flip.

    This post is another great Leadership Moment by Beth Flynn of the Ohio State University Leadership Center on how to market yourself graciously to your superiors:

    1. Instead of talking about what you did, talk about the difference it made.
    2. Instead of talking about what you can’t do, talk about what you can do and what you are learning to do.
    3. Talk about your goals and how they will measure your success.
    4. Debrief results with your boss candidly and without apologies.
    5. Quantify your results whenever you can – I saved the organization $10,000.
    6. When you fall short of your goals, ask for feedback, and talk about what you learned about the experience and how you will apply those insights in the future.
    7. Talk about your weaknesses differently. Say I want to strengthen my analytical skills rather than I need to be more analytical.
    8. Even your challenges are opportunities to demonstrate creativity and problem-solving skills (Scumaci, 2008, p. 33)

    Reference: Scumaci, D. (2008). Designed for success. Lake Mary, FL: Excel Books.

    Designed for Success is available on loan from the Ohio State University Leadership Center. To borrow this resource or any other resource, please go to the resource search page.

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    To be an effective leader, we all need to shine in our own gracious but effective way.

    This entry was posted on Friday, October 23rd, 2009 at 9:08 am and is filed under Change Management, Law Firm Strategy, Leadership and Strategic Planning, personal focus and renewal, Trends. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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