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Don’t let your professional bio fall flat. Here’s some advice on how to inject a bit of personality.
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Too many business owners write professional bios that are the literary equivalent of sleeping pills.
Don’t fall into the same trap of writing only about your professional history. Include a few fun facts about your personal life, like this one: I know all the words to the opening song on Talent Roundup Day (Friday) on the Mickey Mouse Club from the 1950s. When I mentioned this in a blog post, I was deluged with comments, especially from Baby Boomers who remember the show.
Trivia like that gives people an unexpected and sometimes humorous look at your personal side, quirks and all. Whether you’re updating your LinkedIn profile or creating an About Me for your website, be sure to weave in fun facts or include a separate section at the end called “Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Me.” If you do public speaking, weave them into your introductions. Authors, tuck a page of fun facts into your media kit. You can even include this personal trivia in short profiles for things like your Chamber of Commerce directory.
Here are 13 ideas to get you started.
Companies thrive under great leadership. Teams do too. A great leader has the power to inspire, motivate and support. To build loyalty and admiration and ensure it’s channelled in the right way. But tiny cracks can undermine the actions of an otherwise brilliant leader. They start small and build, until they take over and it’s too late.
Small mistakes are costly and reverse progress. They undo gallant efforts. Here are the seven things that let a leader down, that you won’t see the great ones doing.
Great leaders are respected and give respect in return. Turning up late to meet someone, in person or virtually, signals a lack of respect for who you are meeting. It wastes their time. It demonstrates a lack of discipline or control; of not knowing how to say no. Expecting team members to be on time but being late yourself shows only double standards.
Leaving people waiting is for divas at concerts, not for leaders trying to rally their troops. You can’t enforce standards you don’t stick to yourself. Showing up, ready to speak and be heard, starts with punctuality.
Consistency of temperament underpins a solid leader. They are unfazed, unruffled, unstoppable. They can be relied upon. Chaos and disorder rarely lead to trust and stability, so great leaders exude the picture of calm no matter what is thrown at them.
Leaders thrive with consistency of message, character and work practices. Consistent leaders surprise only in a good way. Their reputation for always doing the right thing stands up even when they are not around, and they find their team responds by going the extra mile. Emulating the consistency. Inconsistency breeds fear and mistrust and over a long enough timescale will undermine even the best leader.
Coherence, preciseness, being direct. Great leaders know their message and convey it in the simplest way they can. They leave no room for misinterpretation; they leave no margin for error. They say what they mean and they mean what they say and it can be reduced to soundbites and delivered succinctly.
Waffling questions a leader’s credibility and puts questions in a team’s mind. Confused messaging hints that the leader has reservations. It undermines the message they give because doubt creeps in for listeners. It’s less about remembering briefing notes and more about speaking the truth. Great leaders stand clearly for something and are understood.
Seven common errors great leaders don’t make
Arguing on Twitter about the football score, gassing on Clubhouse, watching everyone’s story on Instagram or turning up to every networking event. Great leaders have better things to do. They are visible where it matters and not where it doesn’t. They always show up for their members and clients and less often for strangers on the internet.
It’s not where you are, it’s where you are not. If you’re scrolling social media being triggered by anything, you’re not there for your team or clients or brand. You’re not doing the most important things. Lack of priority and self-awareness undermines great leadership and takes away the magic.
I’ll get back to you tomorrow. You’ll have it by Friday. I’ll make a decision before close of play. Small deadlines, waivered. Small promises, broken. It might seem inconsequential but letting people down stacks up. Lacking integrity is the last thing a leader wants to be known for. It puts doubt in the minds of their team and leaves them guessing.
Great leaders decide what to do and do it. They don’t make promises they know they can’t keep. They don’t sleep soundly knowing they haven’t delivered. No excuses.
Led by ego
Having something to prove undermines a great leader. It’s waxing lyrical online, being bitter about a past mistake or needing to be the centre of attention at all times. They crave attention and make it all about them. They take on too much believing that it’s the only way they can guarantee it will be done properly. They hog the limelight and downplay others’ contributions.
Great leaders let go of ego. They don’t seek recognition. They get famous on the success of their clients and team and underplay their own part. It’s happily saying, “I did nothing, it was all Steven’s idea,” and a recognition that the success they live was created by more than their efforts alone.
Leading with fear
The brain has three main sections and one of them makes leaders operate from fear. The lizard brain is responsible for worry and fight or flight so the lizard-brain leader marches the warpath and projects pessimism. It spreads. The fearful aura is felt by their team and it leads to short-term thinking and a culture of worry. Mindsets become closed, to solutions, ideas and brainwaves. Closed to the possibility of a bright future.
For a company to do what no one else has done, it needs a leader to think in a way no one else can. Huge plans and daring visions cannot exist alongside fear, only one can survive in each moment. Great leaders know how to move from fear to love and have tools in place for doing so quickly, before the fear spreads and costs progress.
Being late, inconsistency, waffling, being everywhere, broken promises, being led by ego and leading from fear; the seven small things that can undermine the effect of a great leader if not stopped before they escalate. Eliminating them means polishing the diamond so it’s no longer rough around the edges. Being the example that others look up to and follow. Practising what you preach and leading from a solid foundation. Don’t let those seven things undermine you.
This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.
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Here you are, sitting on the edge of your bed, staring at the “ball of meat” that has finally fallen asleep peacefully in its crib. You listen to your breathing and realize that for the first time in the day you can be aware of it. A tear rolls down your cheek. You imagine the following days, months, years of your life between diapers, nipples and guttural conversations and although you truly love that little baby and have deliberately chosen to be present for him, you ask yourself: Is it all? I will be able? Will I be able? In the midst of your own doubts that emerge in you about motherhood, you may also need to contribute to the support of your family or that you do not want to stay in a unique social role: that of mother. And the weight of this new experience is so great that you think it is not possible to work, of course, much less to undertake. How to manage to survive and undertake? Perhaps at this moment you are thinking that only “superwomen” manage to survive and undertake. All of us who have done it, it seems to me, have gone through moments of doubt, of great fear, of uncertainty, of not knowing how, of feeling lost and of believing that we will not be capable. 87% of Mexicans consider the fear of failure as the greatest obstacle that prevents them from daring to start a business, points out the Global Report of Entrepreneurs 2015, known as AGER for its acronym in English. So the interesting thing is not if you are afraid, the interesting thing is what you will do with your fear. Will you let it paralyze you or will you transform it into an entrepreneurial force? If you choose the second alternative, we will accompany you step by step to achieve it. Let’s be realistic While it is incredible to dream of a transnational corporation, it would be important to start with the first step. And we share some tips to start thinking about it. 1. Your child’s age The activity you can do if you have a newborn baby whom you have decided to breastfeed is completely different than if you have a four-year-old who is ready to spend a few hours in nursery. I can assure you that children grow up. And to be honest much, much faster than it seems to us that happens when they vomit on us, or “stick their finger in the cake that we had to deliver in an hour.” So it is important that you really consider what stage of parenting you are in and how much time you can dedicate to entrepreneurship. Attending to “two babies”, one of flesh and blood and the other of products and sales, can invite anyone to feel highly incapable. 2. Be kind to yourself Undertaking when you are a mother requires having a good construction of yourself. If you question yourself easily, if you are critical of yourself, it would be very important that you first consider “making friends with you.” I can assure you that you will run into many critical moments: your son got sick, the school asked for a last-minute job, “the little angel” went flat on his face and broke his hand and you have to take him to the hospital and take special care with him while you have an important delivery. Life will surprise you in the amount of alternatives that can be presented and if in addition to all these imponderables you treat yourself harshly, you will only make it more complex. Be kind to yourself. In critical situations ask yourself what I need and take care of it. 3. Support network I do not know any woman / mother who has been able to successfully undertake – I think I do not know any human being, but let’s focus on women mothers – without a support network. So, if you are angry with your mother, it is a good time to befriend her and rediscover another type of relationship from adulthood. Your mother is truly “crazy to tie” and you think that the above is impossible, ask yourself who you can count on: friends, neighbors, school moms, of course dad, brothers, they all count. Let them know your dreams, identify what you would need them and when, communicate them clearly, ask them if they are willing and if someone says no, do not get stuck, let him pass and look for the next one. The stronger, closer and clearer your support network is, the greater your chances of survival and successful entrepreneurship. 4. Clarity for the future It is very important that you identify what you want to be a good result of this endeavor. Most of the entrepreneurs fail, the statistics speak of 80% in the first year, in my experience because they are not clear about the future. Take a few moments to look at your future, imagine that you are already there, what is it like? What people accompany you? How do you organize your time? Who takes care of your child? for how long? What happens if you are successful? What does he do when he is? Give yourself permission to dream and clarify, and ask yourself what you really want for yourself. And with these bases we will be ready to give shape to our dreams. In this space it will be a pleasure to accompany you in the various stages and processes of undertaking as a mother.
Milan-based social entrepreneur Riccarda Zezza works with parents, caregivers and companies to redefine and leverage life transitions as periods of intense, valuable learning and professional growth (much like earning a Master’s degree). Through Lifeed, Riccarda is revolutionizing corporate training in 23 countries, helping companies see their employees’ life transitions as skill-building opportunities that benefit their work lives as well. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Ashoka’s Alessandro Valera sat down with Riccarda to reflect on motherhood as, as she says, “the highest form of leadership, and care as a superpower.”
Alessandro Valera: Mother’s Day is here! Does it still make sense today to celebrate mothers and fathers on separate days?
Riccarda Zezza: A good question! I think Mother’s Day forces us to focus on the wrong questions and on narrow stories of motherhood. I’m looking at: what’s the bigger story we can tell about parenting? Inclusive of mothers, fathers, and caregivers of all kinds.
I work closely with caregivers – and I can still see a very strong difference in our models of fatherhood and motherhood. The stereotype of fathers is that they have to do less. They have to be less often at home, which is more or less the same stereotype that mothers have at work. They’re supposed to be less at work. This makes Father’s Day feel like a lighter celebration. But when we get to Mother’s Day, there is always some controversy. We’re in 2021 and still, everywhere in the world, becoming a mother generates a conflict between being a woman and being a worker, between life and work.
Valera: This is the reason you started your organization, Lifeed, right?
Zezza: Yes. I had recently become a mother myself. As a manager in the corporate world, I saw a lot of money being poured into soft skills training with the aim of making leaders more effective. I realized that I was using these skills most intensely at home with my children. Family life is the best teacher for crisis management, empathy, delegation, empowerment, and leadership defined as helping others grow.
I decided to bridge the two worlds of public and private leadership and realized we need the opportunity to value the kind of leadership that emerges in the home, in the family. At Lifeed, instead of asking: Is it hard to be a mother? How do you handle it all? How do you sleep at night? We ask: What are you learning as a mother? How much stronger do you feel? What kind of world do you want your children to grow up in? These kinds of questions invite us to focus on the bigger picture. They help us see the valuable skills we have, and translate them to different contexts.
Valera: We all know by now that women tend to be the ones stepping up the most at home during the disruption of the last year. How else has the pandemic affected parenting?
Zezza: There is definitely a difference between men and women — generalizing of course. Women are feeling a higher level of fatigue, but also a higher leadership level. Whereas for men the range of change in roles and habits has generally been smaller.
But there is a bigger picture here as well. This is the first time in the history of our species that we live through a global shared transition. As with every transition, we are in the process of changing our habits, discovering new skills, and new challenges. It’s like we have all suddenly been sent on maternity leave for 18 months. We all know now that maternity leave is not actually “a leave.” Instead, we are just somewhere else, and doing double the work. The pandemic is making this much more visible.
For caregivers, especially mothers, the change was huge, but the muscles to cope with constant change and new habits were already there. It’s hard, but they largely know what to do. These are critical skills that can help society weather the storm, way beyond parenting.
Valera: So caregiving helps us develop critical skills. How can we also use those skills to raise children who can thrive in a world defined by constant change, and global complexity — as we have experienced this year in the pandemic?
Zezza: Many women leaders, when asked about the way they lead, mention motherhood as a metaphor for leadership. This goes to the essence of the human species: care is essential. We are familiar with leadership models that prize a fighter attitude – the fight or flight model. The caring model of leadership is on the other hand familiar only in private life. Yet, it’s a model the world needs.
Care is a superpower rooted in our DNA for our species to survive. When we inject care into responsibility, that responsibility gives us the power to change things. We can bring care into everything we do and so can children. That’s the way we can all be changemakers.
Valera: How can we help everyone lean into their caring super-power?
Zezza: We have to stop wasting the resources that mothers, women, diverse people, caregivers, and all the so-called minorities — i.e. the majority of the population — contribute. The world needs exactly what they have. This is not about helping women, it’s about helping the world through women. Women know how to lead with care. Women are the world experts here.
Riccarda Zezza is the co-author of the innovative learning method of Life Based Learning, emerging from the concept of “MAAM – maternity as a master.” She previously worked for many years in large companies in Italy and abroad. Today she is the CEO of Lifeed, an EdTech company bringing Life Based Learning to caregivers and companies. This method is revolutionizing corporate training, giving HR the ideas and tools to transform their employees’ life transitions into soft skills. Her Italy-based programs now reaches thousands of participants in 23 countries. Riccarda became an Ashoka Fellow in 2016. You can follow Riccarda and her work on twitter via @RiccardaZ and @lifebasedvalue.
Alessandro Valera launched Ashoka in Italy and currently leads Ashoka’s Global Impact & Evidence team.
This piece is part of Ashoka’s series on Gender and was edited for length and clarity.
Putting your effort in upfront and collecting the returns forever after is the foundation of financial freedom.
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Passive income has long been the holy grail for entrepreneurs looking to free up their time, untethering the cord of daily duties and responsibilities from the potential to generate healthy monthly revenues. While the importance of passive income isn’t often doubted, the monumental hurdle often required to achieve a respectable amount of cash flow from automatically-recurring revenue streams is often too great for most to bear.
Clearly, it’s hard to generate passive income. It requires the upfront investment of a significant amount of our time, usually with little to no returns for extended periods. We can go months and even years without a single dollar produced from passive income activities, making even the most astute entrepreneur shake their head in sheer and utter frustration.
The truth of the matter is that time is far more valuable than money. While money can be spent and earned, time can only be spent once, then it’s gone forever. As we age and grow older, we understand the importance of time and being able to freely choose what we do with those precious moments that we do have in life.
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The demand for online shopping is soaring, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and the disruption it caused to bricks and mortar stores.With around 4.3 million sellers in 2020, up from 2.7 million in 2019, Etsy is a hugely popular platform for online sellers.In 2019, Etsy sellers contributed $6.6 billion to the US economy. The selling platform for handmade crafts and vintage items created 1.7 million jobs in the independent worker economy.Given the prolific rise of Etsy as an online platform for merchants, entrepreneurs, online sellers and small businesses thinking about using the site to showcase and sell their products, may be interested in knowing which Etsy shops are performing best across the US.Top Etsy Shop in Every StateTo shed light on what sells the best on Etsy, Frontier Bundles – phone and internet providers – evaluated 500 shops across the United States that had at least 500 reviews, five stars ratings, and have made at least 2,000 sales.Take a look at the top performing Etsy shops in each state across North America according to Frontier’s ‘The Top Etsy Shop from Each State‘ report.Alabama – MonsterAndTomatoAlaska – FrontierDesignsAKArizona – LetmeseeyyouSparkleArkansas – BrushAndBarleyCalifornia – BeWellGroupColorado – AMarieQuiltCoConnecticut – TheDangleDivaDelaware – cloudsofrainbowFlorida – WorldincensestoreGeorgia – MonogramEliteHawaii – xoMamaPlansIdaho – LoriPaperEnvyIllinois – AdorenStudioIndiana – mrcwoodproductsIowa – 5thstreetstudioKansas – BeautifulPieShopKentucky – SayIDoPrintablesLouisiana – YourPersonalizedMaine – RoweStationWoodworksMaryland – PaperBuiltShopMassachusetts – GustoSpiceMichigan – HuckleberryHeartsMinnesota – justplainbeckywMississippi – BibisBoutiqueMSMissouri – SeedGeeksMontana – BlackSheepBlankiesNebraska – ShaunaSmithDesignsNevada – AMnailsNew Hampshire – TheCrownPrintsNew Jersey – MintyPaperieShopNew Mexico – SuchGoodSupplyNew York – julioodeanNorth Carolina – JennLorynDesignsNorth Dakota – boardgamemodderOhio – SandyPawsCollarCoOklahoma – BarnwoodUSAHomeDecorOregon – crystalsNcreationsPennsylvania – ClimbergoodsRhode Island – klgphotoSouth Carolina – JonleyGiftsSouth Dakota – 81MetalArtTennessee – 1Man1GarageTexas – NANApartysimplifiedUtah – TiredTruckerDesignsVermont – TheStitchMillVirginia – MyWoodPhotoWashington – OojLaLaScrapsWest Virginia – MollyMcShabbyWisconsin – FreeSpiritCraftingWyoming – LarissaKayDesignsImage: Depositphotos
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Friday’s major miss on the April non-farm payroll report has big implications for the stock market that investors should take a moment to consider. Since the report was much worse than economists were anticipating, it alludes to the fact that the labor market’s recovery from the pandemic might take a lot longer than expected. It also might be confirmation that the Federal Reserve won’t be tapering anytime soon, which is positive for high valuation growth names and technology stocks that have been weak so far this month. That’s why it might pay off to start looking into some high-quality technology stocks that have the potential to rebound in the coming weeks. We saw many of the best earnings reports from tech companies get sold off relentlessly, which means there might be some nice deals out there at the moment. This is especially true if the jobs report starts a rally in the tech sector. Let’s take a look at 3 tech stocks that are poised for a strong rebound below. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) It was very interesting to see the market reaction to Microsoft’s Q3 earnings, which were impressive but not strong enough to hold the gains that the stock had made before the release. The sharp dip could be for a few different reasons, including the idea that the stock was priced to perfection heading into the report. It’s also worth considering that even though the company reported 19% revenue growth and 45% EPS growth in Q3, other mega-cap tech companies like Facebook and Alphabet put out even stronger numbers. Regardless, the truth is that Microsoft is a fantastic tech stock that could be poised for a strong rebound in the coming weeks after the recent dip. As the world’s largest software company, the company has a dominant position in desktop operating systems and productivity software that help businesses all over the world. What’s impressive is how the company pivoted to cloud versions of its most successful software and focused on building its public cloud infrastructure offerings. Microsoft generated $17.7 billion in commercial cloud revenue in Q3, up 33% year-over-year, and confirms that there are still plenty of companies undergoing digital transformations over a year into the pandemic. Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) Semiconductor stocks have been pulling back in recent weeks, but given all of the macro tailwinds in the industry such as heavy demand for electronic devices and the global chip shortage, it’s a great area of the market to keep an eye on. One name that stands out is Applied Materials, which is the world’s largest supplier of semiconductor manufacturing equipment. Since Applied Materials has engineered solutions that are used to make essentially every chip in the world, it’s a company that has developed strong relationships with some of the biggest chipmakers in the world including Samsung Electronics, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, and Intel. The company reported strong Q1 earnings earlier this year that saw sales rise 24% year-over-year to $5.2 billion. Applied should see strong momentum throughout the year and management expects Q2 revenue to increase by 36% year-over-year. The company reports its Q2 earnings on Thursday, May 20th, and we could see the stock rally into the release, particularly since it has already pulled back considerably from its April highs. The company has a solid history of beating earnings estimates, and it’s also worth mentioning that the stock reclaimed all of the major moving averages last week which is a sign of strength in the tech sector at this time. PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) It’s hard to have confidence in the growth area of the market right now, but if you are looking for a quality name in that space that could be one of the first names to bounce back, this stock fits the bill. PayPal is a technology platform and digital payments company that helps merchants and consumers with digital and mobile payment transactions. With several different payment solutions including PayPal, PayPal Credit, Venmo, Xoom, and more, this company has established itself as a key player in the fintech industry. With payment volumes steadily accelerating and innovative new updates including a service that lets customers buy, hold, and sell cryptocurrency, this is a tech stock that stands out for all of the right reasons. Although expectations are high for the company to justify its valuation, investors should not underestimate just how quickly the world is moving to digital payments after the pandemic. PayPal reported a total payment volume of $285 billion in Q1, up 50% year-over-year, and delivered the strongest Q1 results in the company’s history. Although the market reaction following the report was muted, it might only be a matter of time before the stock gets going again.Featured Article: Why do commodities matter?
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