Shift Happens: Did You Know About 4.0?

November 6, 2009 by  
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As a Leadership Strategist, I am fascinated about how the world continues to accelerate because of technology and more recently, social media. 

This is a new Fall 2009 video which includes facts and stats focusing on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology.  It was developed in partnership with The Economist.

Sylva Leduc, MEd, MPEC

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Meetings Made Easy – Check(list)

October 28, 2009 by  
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Yesterday I met a new acquaintance for lunch.  We, uh, eventually met for lunch, because it took me a long time to get there.

Why? Well I usually do my networking on the phone or people come to my office and I am out of practice about “lunch” networking. I’d forgotten to pay attention to the simple things that make getting to meetings easy.

When I left the office yesterday I knew the restaurant was less than 20 minutes from my office.  I arrived at the cross-streets where my colleague said the restaurant was located but I couldn’t find the place.   Even my trusty new GPS couldn’t find the name of the restaurant (hence no location).

I called Directory Assistance for the phone number of the restaurant and was told it didn’t exist.  And I didn’t have my colleague’s cell number to call him. So I kept looking and got more frustrated.

Eventually the person called me and left a message on my office line.  But guess what?  He didn’t leave his cell #.

He called a few minutes later and left a cell number.  I phoned back, got the exact address of the restaurant and two  minutes later I was there.

I could have avoided the stress if I’d just followed my own Get to Meetings Easy Checklist:

1)      When scheduling an out-of-office meeting;

  • put it on your calendar and include adequate time for travel/traffic,
  • add an extra 15 minutes for “get lost time” if it’s at a location you’ve not been previously.

2)      If you are meeting at a location you’ve not been to before, then;

  • Get the exact address of the location,
  • Print directions from Mapquest,
  • Or, if you use a GPS, enter the address in advance.  This is especially helpful in outlying areas with newer construction because it may not exist in a GPS that is more than one year old,
  • The phone number of the location is helpful to have, too.

3)      Get the cell number of the person you are meeting.

4)      Call/e-mail the morning of the meeting to confirm the meeting day/time/location. I can’t tell you the number of times that people have thanked me for the  reminder. And it saved me from wasted travel time since sometimes the meeting had to be rescheduled.

Because I hadn’t followed my simple checklist, I was late.  Fortunately, my lunch buddy is patient person and waited for me. Lunch was delicious, but I really could have done without the drama!

Sage Strategies: 20 Ways to Be More Confident

September 25, 2009 by  
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SAGE Leadership Strategies: 20 Ways to Be More Confident

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When I work with new leaders or  involving in onboarding new employees, one of the challenges for them is to remain confident as they encounter new situations where they do not have previous experience.

Want to know some quick & practical methods to increase your own confidence?

Without further ado, here are some great ideas.  Decide which one(s) will work for you.

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Desperately Seeking Civility

September 18, 2009 by  
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Anyone who has been reading my blog knows the name of my company is SAGE Leaders.

But, do you know that SAGE is an acronym for “Setting A Great Example” and it’s what leaders need to do consistently.

Why?  Well, think of the Geico ads with that catchy little jingle, “somebody’s watching me” and the kinda’ creepy MoneyEyes.

Hey, leaders, guess what?  Somebody IS watching you.  All the time!

The past couple of weeks have shown an appalling lack of civility on behalf of leaders & public figures in politics, entertainment and sports.  And we’ve all been watching.  We saw a lot of leaders who were not setting a great example.

If you are a leader, or have intentions of becoming one, then don’t make the same mistakes. Even if what you say/do is not captured live (TV), recorded on video (YouTube) or audio (e.g. as an “off the record” comment), remember that Twitter has a very long reach.

And people have long memories.

Have a great weekend,

Free Hugs

August 30, 2009 by  
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Someone sent a link to a great video,  Every Hug Helps

Pass it on or tell them to visit for a peek at something fun.


Job Search for Introverts

August 28, 2009 by  
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Earlier this week, I had a conversation with a colleague about what it’s like for shy or introverted people to embark on a job search.

One word describes how those folks often feel – Terrified!

In the earlier stages of my career I could easily be described as a shy introvert. I have many first-hand experiences of how mentally challenging it was for me like to conduct a job search. It was agonizing until I learned a few tips and tricks.

Here’s a quick story about the very first job I ever applied for and for which I was hired.

When I graduated from high school, I wasn’t sure of my career path, so instead of heading directly to university I decided to work for a year. I thought I’d laze around for that year but my parents had other plans. They said if I wasn’t going to continue my education then I’d have to get a job.

That meant I’d have to apply for jobs and go on interviews. Gulp!

I didn’t know where to start, and even worse, I didn’t WANT to go on interviews. I can fondly remember my very first interview. My best friend’s mother worked in a small, family-operated retail store. She knew they were looking for a clerk so invited me to speak (i.e. interview) with the owner. I screwed up my courage, took my mother with me and went on the interview.

Yes!! You read that right, I took my mother along on my interview. As a Baby Boomer I’ve heard that only Gen Ys drag along family members to interviews. Says who?

Anyway, I digress.

Did I get the job? Yes! Was it easy for me to go through the interview? No! After the interview, there was so much adrenaline pumping through my body that when I got home I promptly threw up.

If my experience seems to be an extreme reaction to an interview, it’s not. At least not for an introvert. I’ve coached many introverts through the years and when I share my story they always nod. We know what it’s like to be an introvert and go through the agony of looking for a job.

Anyone who has completed a Myers Briggs Type Indicator knows the MBTI categorizes people as either Introverts or Extroverts. What people may not understand is that the Myers Briggs Type Indicator looks at how people process information. An extrovert thinks out loud while an introvert thinks before speaking.

However, being an introvert does not automatically mean the person is shy. There are varying degrees of introversion, from the deathly-shy introvert to the gregarious introvert. When I came out of high-school I was a very shy introvert. Now, as a gregarious introvert who speaks in front of large groups, I appear to be more of an extrovert.

Here’s something else you may find surprising: Research with the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) shows that introverts actually outnumber extroverts, 50.8% to 49.3%. And, more men (54.1%) than women (47.5%) are introverted. What that means is there are a lot of introverts who have learned how to adapt to an extroverted world.

When it comes to introverts conducting a job search, here are a few survival tips:

  1. First, focus on your strengths. Introverts are great researchers. They more apt to find out information about a company before applying for a job or going to an interview. Take advantage of your researching skills to tailor your resume or cover letter.
  2. Network both online and offline. Social networking sites like LinkedIn are ideal for introverts who want to spend time thinking about how to respond to questions. But, of course, you can’t live online all the time and at some point you will also have to see people “live.”
  3. Introverts are also great listeners. The advantage is that when you network and meet people, you don’t have to dominate conversations. Just ask questions and listen. Really listen. People will be happy to share information with you.
  4. Prepare for interviews ahead of time. Practice by answering those interview questions, over and over and over, until you are comfortable answering a variety of questions. Initially, you can write out your answers or just think about how you would answer. Then …
  5. Buy or borrow a Flip Video and record your answers to those practice interview questions. With a Flip you can hold the camera at arms-length and record yourself for a couple of minutes. Then play back your “interview” to watch/listen to what you are doing well and where you need to improve.
  6. Once you’ve gained the confidence, ask a friend to interview you to see how you can handle other questions. And, once again, be sure to record those mock interviews on a Flip Video or camcorder.

While I could continue to list even more tips for introverts I’d rather direct you to a new job search book written by a fellow introvert, Wendy Gelberg. Wendy’s book is called The Successful Introvert. Find out more about it at

Sylva Leduc, MEd, MPEC
Leadership Strategist & Executive Coach
Sage Leadership Strategies

Author, “Roadmap to Success”
Get a free copy of “Roadmap to Success” with indepth interviews of Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard, myself and others in coaching/consulting. Visit Sage Leaders and click on the book cover. There’s a nominal cost to cover S&H.

P.S. Yes, even extroverts can learn from these tips. Especially using a Flip Video to practice their interview questions.

The Sage Summer Series @

August 21, 2009 by  
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Better Late Than Never?  What Do You Think?
For the past month I have been traveling.  I fondly started calling this my “working vacation.”  I was flying/driving to different cities to see family and friends (aka the vacation) and meeting with the executives whom I coach (the working part).

Every person I met along the way (family, friends, clients and even strangers) received a copy of my new book, “Roadmap to Success.” So the time evolved into a “working vacation, mini book-tour.”

Armed with my laptop and cell phone, I thought I had all the details and contingenicies worked out for staying on top of commitments while I was gone, including writing this weekly Jobseekers Tip.  But I was wrong!

About half way through the trip, my laptop would no longer connect to the internet except through wifi hot spots.  So I had to resort to finding places where I could log-in to my web mail account to check e-mail.

That meant finding coffee shops where I could access e-mail through their (paid) hot spots, finding unsecured networks or begging people to let me use their computer to acccess my web mail account.

This past Friday, I even conducted an early morning teleseminar from a client’s office. I reveled in the luxury of having access to a landline AND a computer. I could relax knowing the call wouldn’t be dropped, there was no cell phone echo and I could work the controls from the computer.

But, for the past two Thursdays, I was either flying or driving and not able to get online to post the job seekers tips.   Therein was my dilemma:  was it better to be late or to not post at all?  My decision was to forego the postings for that week rather than be late.

Right now, I can just imagine that someone is thinking, “Okay, Syl, what does this have to do with jobseeking?”

Well, the similarity lies in applying for a position.  If you see a job posting, when is a good time to apply and when is it is too late?  If you are past a deadline, should you submit a resume anyway?

Here are this week’s simple and straightforward tips about applying for a job:

  1. Prepare your written materials in advance.
  2. Have a backup plan or at least back-up your materials.
  3. Don’t wait until the deadline because you never know what can go wrong.

For jobseekers, create several resume templates you can fine-tune if necessary (read Eric Knott’s previous posting about using MS 2007 templates). Prepare several cover letter templates which you can customize for each job.  Keep back-up copies of everything on a CD or flash drive.

For me, next time I will have my weekly posts written before I leave and save them in draft mode.  I’ll also keep them on a flash drive for portability in case I have to use someone else’s computer again.

Until next week, happy hunting!

Sylva Leduc, MEd, MPEC
Leadership Strategist & Executive Coach
Sage Leadership Strategies

Author, “Roadmap to Success”

Get a free copy of “Roadmap to Success” with indepth interviews Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard, myself and others in coaching/consulting.  Visit Sage Leaders store and click on the book cover. There’s a nominal cost to cover S&H.

P.S., I’m curious about what other people think about applying late for posted positions.  Have you ever done that?  What were the results?

Rave reviews on the interview with Alan Weiss

July 14, 2009 by  
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On Friday, July 10th, the first in our Summer Series began when I interviewed Alan Weiss.  Alan is known as the Million Dollar Consultant, Contrarian Consultant and Architect of Professional Communities.

Recently, Alan has also been called the King of Social Media, a tongue-in-cheek reference to his thoughts about LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

I asked Alan about the origins, rational, and implementation for value based fees.  This is a concept that Alan pioneered and which he wrote about in his best selling book, Getting Started in Consulting.

We also covered self
esteem and the impact on consultants, the accelerant curve (somewhat similar to the “marketing funnel” concept – but better!), social networking (Alan’s advice is to spend less time tweeting and more time writing articles or books), web sites, podcasts,
videos, writing proposals, finding the buyer, the necessary components in a  press kit (aka media kit), innovation, determining the value of a project and much more.

We even spoke about what a starting consultant should do to improve business and which industries are doing well during these confusing economic times.

There were more than 3 dozen people on the call and feedback has been phenomenal. Alan shifted their thinking!

Our next call in August is with C.J. Hayden, the best selling author of Get Clients Now.Register on the IMC AZ site for that teleconference call.

Sylva Leduc,  IMC AZ 2009 Programs Chair


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Leadership Strategist, Author & Speaker
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Malcolm Gladwell & Underdogs

July 4, 2009 by  
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Malcolm Gladwell wrote a wonderful piece in the New Yorker about how underdogs can outperform experienced players.

Full article here

Jobseekers – 7 Steps for Letting Go & Moving On

July 4, 2009 by  
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Jobseekers – 7 Steps for Letting Go and Moving On

Another in my series of articles for How can jobseekers move beyond the impact of losing their job and get into job search quickly?  Read the article HERE

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