Linda McFarland, speaker, author, and executive assistant, began her presentation with a funny video, saying we should, “Put your ducks in a row!” Linda showed a video of a momma duck and her brood of babies blown about by a wind and the momma duck’s frantic and comical efforts to get them back into line.
Do you manage your career or are you letting other people or the winds of change manage it?
Nobody else controls your destiny but you. Do you have a plan? It’s okay if you don’t because we’ll make a plan today.
Self –awareness – What are your career goals? What challenges and excites you? What motivates you? What are your top three strengths? Are you a continuous learner? You always have to be up in your game. We drink from a fire hose every single day.
Rank these four animals in any particular order you wish to arrange them: dog, lion, elephant parrot.
Here is what this simple test of self-perception shows:
1st place – how you want to be perceived
2nd place – how you believe you are perceived
3rd place – how you like to be perceived by others in the future
4th place – how you actually want to me without influence of what other significant people in your life feel and think about you.
Learning more about yourself gives you a higher degree of perception about yourself.
Leadership qualities – They say that leaders are born, but for a fact leaders are made, and usually through adversity. Leadership potential exists in each one of us. You are a leader in your own right. The more experience you have acting as a genuine leader, the easier it will be for you. Genuine leaders take a stand and motivate others.
If I could wish for my life to be perfect, it would be tempting but I would have to decline for life would no longer teach me anything.” Allison Jones
Who is your hero? Whose hero are you?
Action plan – We talked about leadership qualities we want to develop and put them on a goal card. Find a role model, seek inspiration and a personal mission statement. These steps will help you determine your way.
Self-empowerment- determine what you want and take action; act ‘as if’ and you will become; be patient with yourself; apply positive self-talk; write down your goals; draw on the joy within you; honor and respect yourself; practice being empowered.
To grow into a true leader, and to take charge of your career, do the following:
Respect (yourself, and others)
Linda’s talk was inspiring! She challenged us to change our thinking, never give up, and always hope for the best and do the work necessary to take the next step toward success and fulfillment. She shared about the adversity she had personally overcome and how she took positive steps to a better future.