April 29, 2014

The Leadership Project


May 30-31: Camp Harbor View – Boston

We are living in a time where 3-4 generations can be collaborating in a single group or company. Cultures are mixing, opinions are melding, and the results are quite remarkable. The span of ages and perspectives has never been so wide yet there is a way to converge and collaborate if we adopt an open-mind policy.

Let's Inspire Together

Westwood International is launching a pilot program on May 30-31 at Camp Harbor View in Boston called The Leadership Project.  The purpose is to help young leaders work on their leadership journey through a discussion and a 90-day challenge. This will be their challenge focused on their plan which will include how to build something new, build stronger relationships, and become a better leader now.

Leadership is not a topic to be reserved for those in their 40's and 50's. It's imperative to give new graduates and young professionals in their 20's access to the skills and knowledge now. It's critical that business and young leaders learn from each other.

This will be will be a unique customized session where young leaders will work with experienced mentors while established business executives will learn from millennials.

The Leadership Project  May 30-31 in Boston
Join us as a participant. Join us as a sponsor. Join the conversation.

Keynote Speakers and Presenters

Betsy Myers – Founding Director of Women and Business at Bentley University
Jamil Mahuad – Harvard Law Professor and Former President of Ecuador
Lisa Fenn – Six-time Emmy winning feature producer for ESPN
Curt Cronin – Expert on Peak Performance and Former Navy SEAL
Greg Zlevor – CEO and President of Westwood International

Mentors, Facilitators, and Coaches

Christine Burych – President of StarlingBrook Leadership Corporation
Marlene Lepkoski – Regulatory Innovation Design Leader at Johnson and Johnson
Tim Kavanagh – Business Development Manager at Champlain College
Cara Gould – Executive Director of Camp Harbor View
Torli Krua – Founder of YOUNG-Africa
Shannon Griesser – Program Manager at Westwood International
Tyler Kellogg – Creative Mind at Tyler DoGood
Jay Ferraro – Co-Founder and Senior Partner at Mastery Technologies
Dina David – Senior Project Manager of StarlingBrook Leadership Corporation
Kneale Mann – Leadership Strategist at Westwood International

If you have questions, I'm here to help. 
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Kneale Mann | Leadership Strategist, consultant, writer, speaker, executive coach facilitating performance growth with leaders, management, and teams.

Westwood International

April 26, 2014

Inspired to Move

We all want our lives to have meaning. We all stumble along the way. We all get stuck and scared. Reflection can be powerful if we look to the lessons we need to learn. But action is the response required to prove we've learned them.

This isn't about busy or activity, this is about focus and progress. We're all working hard but are we working smart toward our goals? Are we creating what we want in our life and for those around us? I can't speak for you, but I know there's a ton I've done wrong, and a long journey ahead. How about you?

Being true to you and what you want to do. 

This is about laser focus on goals and dreams. This is about not letting up when roadblocks appear. This is about staying with it when it gets tough. This is about removing excuses, getting out of my way, and moving forward while you work on you.

Some may roll their eyes. Some may say it’s not possible. Watch and judge for yourself.


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Kneale Mann | Leadership Strategist, consultant, writer, speaker, executive coach facilitating performance growth with leaders, management, and teams.

Alpha Mind System

April 21, 2014

No One Wants to Hear About it

It’s an interesting time. We are connected through mobile devices, websites, social networks, work relationships, personal connections, media, music, content, data, and yet when we stop for just a moment, we can feel alone.

I've had some fascinating chats recently with colleagues, clients, and friends about the everyday trials and tribulations of life. Money, relationships, career, bad things, good times, life stuff, and it’s interesting that one theme has come up quite often. I've heard this phrase more than most – “But no one wants to hear about that part.”

If They Only Knew

I was speaking with a well respected author a couple of weeks ago and she said no one wants to hear about the times when she struggled. On her first book tour she got nervous every time the hotel would try her credit card to clear for the incidentals. She was close to the wire and yet to most who knew her and many who know of her, she was wildly successful. She was a published author after all.

Recently I had a situation where things didn't go well. And then I had a call with a very good friend who told me I was not alone – in the way I was feeling or in the situation I was enduring. He wasn't glossing over it or my feelings but it was a good reminder that we are often stronger than we think.

We’re Not Alone

Advice from a wise friend came back to me recently. He told me about when he was going through his divorce. On those dark days he would go feed the homeless or help at a shelter. He said it may not be for everyone but the point was it gave him perspective which is something we seem to lose sight of the most.

We're not always strong. We don't have it figured out. We get scared and angry. We're people not machines and that affects ourselves and everyone around us. But you’re dealing with something right now and you’re not alone. Pick up the phone. You will find there are people who do want to hear about it and help you through it.

And that’s the best leadership there is – the human kind.
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Kneale Mann | Leadership Strategist, consultant, writer, speaker, executive coach facilitating performance growth with leaders, management, and teams.

ellidavis

April 15, 2014

Eulogy or Resume?

David Brooks poses an important question – do we measure ourselves by what we do or who we are? The battle between our professional and career accomplishments get our attention while we discard or ignore who were are, what we stand for, how we want to live our lives.

We spend a great deal of time in our lives climbing ladders, gaining experience, and attempting to improve our situation. Many measure money and power over human connection and value. Society often gives us the impression we need to be a certain way to fit in and fight the good fight.

Brooks ponders if our attention is on the wrong metrics.


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Kneale Mann | Leadership Strategist, consultant, writer, speaker, executive coach facilitating performance growth with leaders, management, and teams.

TED | David Brooks

April 7, 2014

Leadership Lessons from the Past

A few years ago, I found a document that wasn't dated and didn't have an author’s name on it but from the language, it seemed to be quite old. Recently, I discovered a second document with some additional information that seems to be related to the first one. These could be the earliest known documents on leadership.

Scaredycate Closedoorius

This is the manager who has an “open door policy” when no one is actually in her office. Once the meeting begins, doors are sealed. Anything discussed in meetings are translated to staff, customers, or clients as her ideas.

Likedbyallorus Neediad

Great guy who always has time for you but he deals with no real crises. Any actual staff conflict, culture concerns, or client issues are swept neatly under the finely appointed corporate non-answer area rug.

Speakius Nonactium

She seems to have great ideas that never see the light of day past the promise of will be and someday. The plan sounds promising enough so everyone involved think this time she may be on to something but the pattern of no follow through returns.

Unwantiate Inputarium

Embossed on the front is the phrase “Our People Are Our Strongest Asset”. Through the threshold of the lobby is where that mantra dies a rapid painful death to make room for his benevolent dictatorship.

Whathesaysits Collaboratorus

Employees are reminded the importance of teamwork when his ideas aren’t executed void of input from the team. Significant regular staff erosion is blamed on others.

Lackus Spinearia

She enjoys sitting in her corner office praising people when things are good but is unable to make one concrete decision of any substance that will actually move the company forward.

Perhaps you recognize someone.
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Kneale Mann | Leadership Strategist, consultant, writer, speaker, executive coach facilitating performance growth with leaders, management, and teams.

istock

April 2, 2014

Wonderment of Our Inner Child

When we're kids, we're told to be curious, to dream and play, and to pretend. As we age, the world gets more demanding and puts on more constraints.

Or do we do it to ourselves?

Sir Ken Robinson is a fascinating man who is a tireless champion for creativity, education, and possibilities. Watch his TEDTalk and replace teacher with leader and children with team and see if this may help for your career, team, and kids.


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Kneale Mann | Leadership Strategist, consultant, writer, speaker, executive coach facilitating performance growth with leaders, management, and teams.

TED | Sir Ken Robinson
 
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