27 May 2015

The Leadership Minute #32: Tact

The Leadership Minute #32
Character Traits of a Leader: Tact




TACT is the "sense of what to do or say in order to maintain good relations with others or avoid offense." (Merriam-Webster)

As a leader, you are going to be the person your followers will go to when time are tough but they are also going to turn to you when a situation needs to be resolved or settled.

When individuals come up with nonsense that you know is nonsense and others know is nonsense. Most of all, they themselves know is nonsense, yet the are going to come to you and you are going to have to deal with it.

No matter what you do to deal with it you have got to be tactful. You do not them thinking you are picking on them or harassing them. Harassing them is the last thing you want to do as a leader. However, you have to make certain you get your point across. Ensure they understand what's going on, why it is happening and why it is important to get this resolved.

As a leader, you must maintain TACT 100% of the time. It will be difficult but you must do it. In order to come across as fair, impartial and being a just leader, you must be tactful. That's non-negotiable.


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David Guerra

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25 May 2015

ETIQUETTE WEEKEND #26

In case you missed it this weekend, here are ETIQUETTE WEEKEND links I shared.

ETIQUETTE WEEKEND is a Twitter (@daveguerra), Facebook (facebook.com/thedavidguerra), Google+ (plus.google.com/+DaveGuerra) project where I post and share links to websites and online articles that are all about Etiquette (Business, Interpersonal, Professional and Personal).

1. Facebook Etiquette for Business Pages
http://globalprocessservers.com/business/facebook-etiquette-for-business-pages/

2. Business Card Etiquette 102
http://www.houseofmarbury.com/business-card-etiquette-102/

3. Social Media Etiquette for Business Professionals
http://www.the-o-company.com/social-media-etiquette-business-professionals/

4. 15 Business Etiquette Rules By Business Insider
https://daneahenke.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/15-business-etiquette-rules-by-business-insider/

5. Business Etiquette in a Casual World
http://www.lbmcstaffing.com/business-etiquette-in-a-casual-world/

6. Newport Manners & Etiquette: Dating A Friend’s Ex-Boyfriend
http://www.golocalworcester.com/lifestyle/newport-manners-etiquette-dating-a-friends-ex-boyfriend

7. How to Help Low-Income Students Cross the Finish Line From College to Career
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jessica-pliska/how-to-help-lowincome-stu_b_6100596.html?utm_hp_ref=education&ir=Education

8. St. Louis to spend $50,000 on recruiting minorities to public safety jobs
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/st-louis-to-spend-on-recruiting-minorities-to-public-safety/article_b6d4ffee-540c-501f-844d-d7f8dff91100.html

9. Baby Etiquette: What Not to Say to a New Mom
http://dianegottsman.com/2014/11/baby-etiquette-what-not-to-say-to-a-new-mom/

10. When Tragedy Strikes: The Social Media Etiquette Guide
http://www.margaretpage.com/social-media-etiquette-tragedy/

11. 5 Simple Social Media Etiquette Tips to Live By [Bobby Borg]
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2014/11/5-simple-social-media-etiquette-tips-to-live-by-bobby-borg.html

12. Improving employee performance the easy way
http://www.ibamag.com/news/improving-employee-performance-the-easy-way-20108.aspx

13. E-mail Etiquette For A Total Executive Presence
http://www.businessinsider.in/Careers/E-mail-Etiquette-For-A-Total-Executive-Presence/articleshow/45066270.cms

14. RSVP Etiquette
http://www.chicagonow.com/masking-suburban-mom/2014/11/rsvp-etiquette/

Until next time, I Thank you,
David Guerra

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24 May 2015

The Leadership Minute #31: Endurance


The Leadership Minute #31
Character Traits of a Leader: Endurance




Turning to the old Merriam Webster dictionary we find the definition of endurance as “the ability to withstand hardship or adversity; especially :  the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity.”

As a leader, you will encounter numerous hardships and adversity. You had better be ready to deal with them head on and deal with them to the end. There is no such thing as shortcut because you are in it for the long haul.

To manage and overcome the hardship and adversity of being a leader that means three things you have stay: physically, mentally, and morally fit.

One of my favorite quotes of all time is by US Army General George S. Patton, “"A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood." To me that means a leader must train harder now because tomorrow you don’t know just how hard the battle will be.

Those that will turn to you in those times of trouble will be turning to you solely to get them through it. If you are not ready they will drop you like a bad habit and find someone who can.

Don’t be that guy.


Thank you,
David Guerra

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18 May 2015

ETIQUETTE WEEKEND #25

In case you missed it this weekend, here are ETIQUETTE WEEKEND links I shared.

ETIQUETTE WEEKEND is a Twitter (@daveguerra), Facebook (facebook.com/thedavidguerra), Google+ (plus.google.com/+DaveGuerra) project where I post and share links to websites and online articles that are all about Etiquette (Business, Interpersonal, Professional and Personal).

1. Top 5 suitcase etiquette tips
http://roadwarriorette.boardingarea.com/2014/10/31/top-5-suitcase-etiquette-tips/

2. 9 ways to handle a wardrobe malfunction like a pro
http://upstart.bizjournals.com/resources/executive-forum/2014/10/31/9-ways-to-handle-a-wardrobe-malfunction-like-a-pro.html

3. People buy people, not products
http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/1DtuqyI57qCYlpHHFeFOJP/People-buy-people-not-products.html

4. 20 Basic Email Etiquette Tips Everyone Should Follow
http://www.fustany.com/en/lifestyle/living/20-basic-email-etiquette-tips-everyone-should-follow

5. How to Master the Gift-giving Etiquette
http://www.careeraddict.com/en/13760/how-to-master-the-gift-giving-etiquette

6. Etiquette Rules! The art of kindness
http://www.santafenewmexican.com/life/family/etiquette-rules-the-art-of-kindness/article_a015ab15-e2d2-5dfd-8518-1849aff41b62.html

7. Reforming concert etiquette
http://www.themanitoban.com/2014/11/reforming-concert-etiquette/21351/

8. Wine in Business : Dress Shoes, Stud earrings, Elaborate adjectives
http://www.harbus.org/2014/wine-in-business-dress-shoes-stud-earrings-elaborate-adjectives/

9. Save-the-date card etiquette
http://www.kearneyhub.com/younes-ultimate-wedding/articles/save-the-date-card-etiquette/article_0e9cbcb2-607c-11e4-9d32-3f5d8a3c8a92.html

10. The Mobile Etiquette Violations Guide: How Gross Are We?
https://www.mainstreet.com/article/the-mobile-etiquette-violations-guide-how-gross-are-we

11. Etiquette Training - Lessons in Chivalry from the Life of a Gentleman
http://ww.itimes.com/video/etiquette-training-lessons-in-chivalry-from-the-life-of-a-gentleman

12. [#Business] Why the etiquette of college basketball hiring and firing has changed
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2014/11/04/college-basketball-coaching-etiquette/17659685/

13. 15 Business Etiquette Rules By Business Insider
https://daneahenke.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/15-business-etiquette-rules-by-business-insider/

14. Is business etiquette dead?
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/11/01/14/business-etiquette-dead


Thank you,
David Guerra

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16 May 2015

Q & A #DareToBe Tweet Chat: Be Spontaneous (Tuesday, May 12, 2015)

At 8PM Eastern, every Tuesday, the #DareToBe tweetchat takes place on Twitter. The #DareToBe tweetchat is hosted by Andrea Sanchez (@asanchez16), an Editor, Writer & Communications Executive and according to her Twitter profile, from Houston, Texas.

Every week a different topic. On the evening of May 12, 2015, the topic was Be Spontaneous. I could not capture all the twitter based answers to the 11 questions asked by @ASanchez16. However, I present the questions and  my answers (with a bit of amplification). Please enjoy and if you can, please joins us. Look for the #DareToBe hashtag every Tuesday evening.

Be Spontaneous

If someone is spontaneous, they are _______________.
If someone is spontaneous they are in the moment and taking action in that moment. Ideally, the action being taken is unplanned or at the most part of multiple options that can be taken depending on the situation.

Can a perfectionist be spontaneous? Explain.
I do believe a perfectionist can be spontaneous in that there are times the perfectionist needs to just let things happen thus allowing things to develop in their own manner. Once developed, the "perfectionist" can then go to work from that point forward.

What prevents people from being spontaneous?
The biggest fear, that I have encountered, that prevents people from being spontaneous is what others may think of the individual. Thus, they become paralyzed with fear and stop themselves from being spontaneous.

What is the relationship between spontaneity and innovation?
When it comes to proving a concept based on innovative ideas it means taking that leap and being spontaneous when it comes to being the "test pilot" for something that has never been created or tried before is critical for the innovation (idea or product) to move forward. Thus you cannot have one without the other. It is almost as if they are synonymous.

Give an example of a time you were spontaneous. How did it make you feel?
I prefer not to say what and where I was spontaneous but it did make me feel more alive than I ever have before. It was one of those #DareToBe alive moment.

What are the benefits of being spontaneous?
A benefit of being spontaneous is getting an opportunity to supercharge your batteries. The rush that comes from doing something spontaneous is what gives you that supercharge. Then you will want to do something spontaneous again. You get a hunger to be more spontaneous.

What if I like to plan? Is not being spontaneous such a bad thing?
Planning is excellent. It gives you an outline by which one can be spontaneous. By this I mean, a plan is guide of what you anticipate happening. However, any and every plan is EXCELLENT until the moment comes to put it into action! Once in action, the plan is at the mercy of all the outside forces that are foreseen and unforeseen. This is when being spontaneous is not only essential but critical!

How can one learn to be more spontaneous?
You learn to be more spontaneous by just being more spontaneous. Take the first step at being spontaneous before you know it you will be more spontaneous. Take that step!

When is being spontaneous not an option?
At a funeral, at your trial, and most definitely when you are being questioned by the police. There is a time and place for everything. Pick your moments of being spontaneous wisely.

How can spontaneity be integrated into the workplace?
As the leader, you must take the lead and be spontaneous. Once you have spontaneity under control then can you encourage others to do so. However, you must set the standard and lead by example.

Tomorrow, I will #DareToBe spontaneous by ____________________.
Tomorrow (and every day), I will #DareToBe spontaneous by being randomly spontaneous.



Thank you,
David Guerra

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15 May 2015

The Leadership Minute #30: Justice

The Leadership Minute #30
Character Traits of a Leader: Justice



Justice is being fair. Be fair to the people you follow. Be fair to the people that follow you. Be fair to everyone. You have to be as a leader.

Give everyone a fair shot. Don’t play favorites.

Of course, you are going to head your department, section, or company and you will always claim that they are the best. However, within the organization, department or section you need to not play favorites. Everybody had to be the best and to be the best, you have to show them that you are not playing favorites.

Being fair and not playing favorites means you hear both sides of the story before you make a decision. There can be no bias as a leader. Well the only bias you can show is the bias you have for your team.

People are going to look to you because they want individuals that are fair and will treat them fair. Everyone deserves a leader that is fair and just.

Thank you,
David Guerra

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13 May 2015

The Leadership Minute #29: Decisiveness


The Leadership Minute #29
Character Traits of a Leader: Decisiveness



The definitions of Decisiveness is“having the power or quality of deciding. resolute. unmistakable, unquestionable.”

Simply, it is knowing and making decisions that are right ones to make because you have taken the time to gather information (in a timely manner). Through your experience you know what you have to do and you know what has to be done.

The people that follow you demand that you ability to make sound and timely decisions. That the decisions you make are the right ones because your followers expect that from you.

Thank you,
David Guerra

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