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Beyond Competence

2019 leadership Aug 08, 2019

In this anthology titled, "Camouflaged Sisters: Leadership Through the Eyes of Senior Military Women Leaders", I'm fortunate to contribute my chapter, "Beyond Competence".  The book is really a leadership toolkit which examines the grit, perseverance, and determination it takes to rise through military ranks as a woman in uniform.

An anthology is a collection of short stories. This leadership anthology provides an opportunity for the potential reader to gain insights on various aspects of leadership as they move from chapter to chapter. Each of the twelve contributing authors served at least 20 years in one of the military branches. I served 27 years in the greatest Army on the planet and was fortunate to retire in the rank of colonel.  

My chapter is titled, 'Beyond Competence'. The reader gets a birds eye view of the profound impact my battalion commander and mentor had on my professional career when I was a brand new lieutenant. While serving at...

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Goal Setting the SMART way

2019 goals May 19, 2019

 

SMART is an acronym that you can use to guide your goal setting.

Its criteria are commonly attributed to Peter Drucker's Management by Objectives concept. The first known use of the term occurs in the November 1981 issue of Management Review by George T. Doran. Since then, Professor Robert S. Rubin (Saint Louis University) wrote about SMART in an article for The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He stated that SMART has come to mean different things to different people, as shown below.

 To make sure your goals are clear and reachable, each one should be:

  • Specific (simple, sensible, significant).
  • Measurable (meaningful, motivating).
  • Achievable (agreed, attainable).
  • Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).
  • Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive).

Professor Rubin also notes that the definition of the SMART acronym may need updating to reflect the importance of efficacy and...

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Top 10 Qualities Decision Makers Consider When Choosing a Project Manager

2019 leadership Mar 05, 2019
 

Folks are looking at you right now.  They're considering you for great and small opportunities.  You may have a blind spot and not realize you have what it takes to lead small teams and large organizations.  OR you may think you have it all together and are wondering when the opportunities will start. 

As a person who has completed thousands of tasks, mission, and projects, I decided to share the Top 10 Qualities Decision Makers Consider When Choosing a Project Manager with you.  My prayer is that you will assess your current skills and move to improve your gaps. 

Before we get started, let's first ensure we're not talking past one another.

Who are the decision makers?

Men, women, boys and girls who work with you, serve with you in community organizations, in your church, on nonprofit boards, in your family, and in every aspect of your life.  Take a minute and identify three decision makers before you move on. 

Who are project managers?

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6 Things You Can Do to Avoid My Book Marketing Mistakes

2019 books personal growth Feb 27, 2019
 

Writing your special story yet? Wanna know how to avoid some of the marketing mistakes I made after I finished writing the Bronco Strong story?

After retiring from the greatest Army on the planet I wrote my first memoir, 'Bronco Strong, A Memoir of the Last Deployed Personnel Services Battalion.

 

It took me a few years to set up systems, strategies, and support for my personal development training company, "The Better U Project for Women Leaders".  

 

A few years after self-publishing my first book, I think it's prudent to share six of my initial mistakes when it was time to market the Bronco Strong story.  Listen to the video recording HERE

Mistake #1 to Avoid: Don’t Assume Your Family and Friends Want to Purchase and Read Your Book

Mistake #2 to Avoid: Don’t Assume People Who Purchase Your Book Know How to Write a Proper Testimonial or Which Platform to Write a Proper Testimonial On

Learn more about how to write and submit a proper...

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7 Types of Leadership Power

2019 leadership talk time Feb 12, 2019
 

What Does Power Mean to You?

Power means many different things to different people. For some, power is seen as corrupt. For others, the more power they have, the more successful they feel. For even others, power is of no interest at all. 

The five bases of power were identified by John French and Bertram Raven in the early 1960’s through a study they had conducted on power in leadership roles. The study showed how different types of power affected one’s leadership ability and success in a leadership role.

Power and Authority

Leadership within organizations is only attainable through the combination and use of power and authority. As discussed by John Kotter (1985, p.86) “power is the ability to influence others to get things done, while authority is the formal rights that come to a person who occupies a particular position, since power does not necessarily accompany a position.” Problems sometimes arise when power is imposed without the backing of...

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After Action Review for Angela’s Literary Lounge Book Selling Opportunity

 

According to Peter Drucker,  the man who is often credited with inventing modern business management writing 39 books on the subject.

One of my favorite business quotes is "If you can't measure it, you can't improve it."

We know it's nearly impossible to know whether you've met your weight loss goal without first getting on the scale and pulling out a measuring tape.  This allows you to acknowledge your phases of improvement.

This is a follow up segment to my 01.15.2019 article titled, "10 Things to Consider When Showing Up for a Booked Event. Read it HERE.

Prior to driving to Jacksonville, Florida from Georgia last week, I thought through the 10 things I should consider in order to be successful at this book selling event.

BACKGROUND:  I was invited to serve as a Featured Author in the Literary Lounge at a conference sponsored by the members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.,'s Statewide conference. The conference attendees were members who resided in the...

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10 Things to Consider When Showing Up For a Booked Event

 

As I pack my car for this weekend's Featured Author event, I wondered if I had considered everything that could make this a successful and worthwhile trip. 

Booking a conference or meeting venue can create a bit of anxiety, especially the first time. In anticipation of being asked to present at hundreds of potential conference venues over the next few years, I put together 10 Things to Consider When Showing Up for a Booked Event.

The list of things to take into consideration are not in order of priority nor is this an exhaustive list of every single concept or relevant topic.  

1. Why were you invited?

Focus on bringing value for the reason you were invited to participate. In order words stay in your lane. Ensure you are familiar with the overall mission and objective of the event. Determine where you fit and then show up and show out

2. Before, During, and After Tasks

Take some time to document relevant tasks that you must accomplish in three different...

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Happy New Year 2019

2019 holiday new year Dec 31, 2018

Dare to be great? 

Is it really okay to level up?

You gosh darn right it is.

Some of the reasons you see the world like you do is because of your standards, boundaries or lack thereof coupled with your level of consistency when working towards a goal, the company you keep, the folks you allow to pour into you and how you prioritize your time. 

Decide how you'll show up in 2019. Wherever you parked in 2018; below, at or above your personal expectations, it's time to take it to the next level of greatness.  

I'm rooting for you,

Angela

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