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Consultation Does Not Abdicate Decision Making

 

In an environment where everyone has an opinion, both online and off, organisations that get the balance right between consultation and making the tough decisions, actually inspire confidence and ultimately, have a competitive advantage.

And yet, it’s not always easy.

Healthy teams respectfully offer viewpoints as it relates to process, procedure, policy, product, program or even positioning, without making it ‘personal’, damaging workplace culture or eroding their professionalism.

They also recognise through the importance of self-reflection and are accountable if they miss the mark and slip into attacking a person, rather than a problem.

This type of behaviour raises its’ head most often, when the decision made by a leader or designated authority, is not something you want or would personally do.

Leadership requires leaders to make the tough calls. Trust in the role. Trust in the person and the portfolio of responsibility they have.

Leaders aren’t parents, and yet they are seen as people in authority. At times, team member hang-ups from childhood cloud judgement, rejection raises its head, social justice tries to find a hook to hang its’ hat on and come hell or high water, a small minority may object to the decisions made by the leader.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, Adolescent Psychologist, in his book “Princess Bitchface Syndrome, available on Audible, shares the importance of adults having a healthy mindset of positive expectation before engaging in challenging situations. Believing the best and anticipating a warm response from the other person, psychologically puts you into a more positive mindset where you won’t be primed for offence and are less likely to be reactive yourself. And, you know, it’s not so different in adult to adult encounters either.

Next time you’ve been asked to consult on a matter, or offer feedback, check yourself.

Are you getting caught up in the emotion and being dishonouring or disrespectful, perhaps even lacking in civility or are you role-modelling what it means to contribute from a place of boldness and humility?

Embrace boldness and humility and with wisdom, process the results of feedback and present a united front to your client base.

Trust is a two-way street.

 

 

 

Canva - Now see what it looks like on the laptop version - Youtube Banner_opt by @tarrandeane #Leadingonline #online #Leadership

How to Set Up Your Youtube Banner with Canva When You Want to Lead Change Online

Do you have curb or even kerb appeal online? “Location, Location, Location!” they cry in real estate and your online real estate is no different. Here’s how you can set up your Youtube Banner with Canva when you want to be positioned as a Leader Online!

Did you at one time complete a work personality profile that revealed you maybe weren’t as creative as you thought you were? Have you avoided Youtube and other creative outlets?

  • Are you nervous because you don’t have a design budget, let alone a concept layout?
  • Are you new to designing or think that’s the marketing departments’ job?
  • Are you frustrated because you don’t know the SIZE of the Banner you need?

You know these are little problems that can be fixed right? Let’s challenge some of that status quo and you’ll be setting up your Youtube banner in no time!

 

In this #QuickTip you’ll need to have:

  1. a Youtube channel account
  2. knowledge of the required SIZEs for social media. You might find this Cheat Sheet helpful, if you want to design other for other platforms
  3. a Canva account
  4. some of your own photos – professional or organisational ready to upload
  5. Review the results and appearance on different devices so your head isn’t cut off!

 

Do These 5 Steps and You Can Create Something Like This:

Okay, here’s the finished product: Note I have used optimised or Low Res images for this blog post. Originals are High Res.

 

Canva - Want to avoid your head being cut off? Create a border around the image template and centre your images in the centre alignment using #Canva Youtube. This quick tip is brought to you by TarranDeane.com #online #leadership

Creating a Youtube Banner or Channel Art? Want to avoid your head being cut off? Use Canva and create a border around the image template and centre your images in the centre alignment using #Canva Youtube. This quick tip is brought to you by TarranDeane.com #online #leadership

 

Here’s the How-To in 5 Easy Steps:

  1. Youtube channel account.
    Have you got one? The company got one?- If you don’t have one, set yourself a 90 day goal to get cracking and have your own Youtube Channel up and humming within the next 3 months.
    – If you DO have one, how well is it being utilised? what simple changes could you make using a Banner [also known as Channel Art or Header]Read this to learn the difference between a personal or branded channel account

    How to set up a Youtube Channel using a Google Login. See how I'm logged into my Google Account? Then simply click on the red Yotube icon to begin by Tarran Deane #online #leadership

    How to set up a Youtbe Channel using a Google Login. See how I’m logged into my Google Account? Then simply click on the red Youtube icon to begin by Tarran Deane #online #leadership

  2. Need to knowledge of the required SIZEs for social media. You might find this Cheat Sheet helpful, if you want to design graphics for other platforms

    Download (PDF, 151KB)

  3. a Canva account – Create it and login. It will then open up at the “Create a Design” homepage

    Create Your Canva Account & Login. Notice the PLUS sign on the top right hand? Click this to open up more template size options- by @tarrandeane #Leadingonline #online #Leadership.png

    Create Your Canva Account & Login. Notice the PLUS sign on the top right hand? Click this to open up more template size options- by @tarrandeane #Leadingonline #online #Leadership.png

     

    Then click on the PLUS + sign, scrolling down:

    You've clicked on the PLUS sign and scrolled down the page. Now you can see the Social Media & Email Headers. Select Youtube Channel Art and Voila! Click and begin designing by @tarrandeane #Leadingonline #online #Leadership #canva #howto

    You’ve clicked on the PLUS sign and scrolled down the page. Now you can see the Social Media & Email Headers. Select Youtube Channel Art and Voila! Click and begin designing by @tarrandeane #Leadingonline #online #Leadership

     

  4. Have some of your own photos – professional or organisational – ready to upload instead of using stock photos and you’ll save on licensing fees.

    – Remember if you do purchase images, save your invoices as proof of the purchase if you’re using them for commercial use inc. blogging

    FYI: Tarran’s layout theme was achieved by selecting: 
    Elements on LHS > then GRIDS. That’s how I was able to upload 7 distinct images

    Create your Youtube Banner, upload own images or logo Leave a border on the top and bottom to allow for devices Save the file name with the size Upload to youtube - Tarran Deane #Leadingonline #Howto #online #Leadership #professionalspeaker @tarrandeane #changemanagement

    Create your Youtube Banner, upload own images or logo Leave a border on the top and bottom to allow for devices Save the file name with the size Upload to youtube – Tarran Deane #Leadingonline #changemanagement #communicationstrategies
    #online #leadership


    Bonus Tip:

    (a) You may need to make the file size smaller for uploading to WordPress. I use this free tool by Web Resizer to achieve about an 80% smaller file. This leads to faster load times on the website and a better viewer experience.

    (b) Make sure you add YOUR metatags to you image file name when saving for SEO purposes and then google will also index your images with higher result. Clever huh? See how I did it in mine in all the images I have included in this article?

     

  5. Review the results and appearance on different devices so your head isn’t cut off!

    Okay, so how does it look?

    5.1 Finished product from Canva looks like this:

     

    Canva - Want to avoid your head being cut off? Create a border around the image template and centre your images in the centre alignment using #Canva Youtube. This quick tip is brought to you by TarranDeane.com #online #leadership

    Canva – Want to avoid your head being cut off? Create a border around the image template and centre your images in the centre alignment using #Canva Youtube. This quick tip is brought to you by TarranDeane.com #online #leadership

    I’m happy with that, but let’s check the quality when it appears on Youtube and other devices.

    5.2 On my laptop Youtube it looks like this: 

    Notice how it has lost the top and bottom borders? If we didn’t have them then you’d likely see my head cut off! Additionally, if you have completed your Channel Profile with your website and social media links they’ll appear as an overlay on the bottom right of the official Youtube Channel. It happens by default. This is why we don’t put text on the right handside.

    Canva - Now see what it looks like on the laptop version - Youtube Banner_opt by @tarrandeane #Leadingonline #online #Leadership

    Canva – Now see what it looks like on the laptop version – Youtube Banner_opt version by @tarrandeane #Leadingonline #online #Leadership #communicationstrategy #changemanagement #professionalspeaker

     

    5.3 On my iPhone 6 Youtube looks like this:

    Okay, see this: we’ve lost an image on the left and right, reducing the columns from 7 to 5 and the round thumbnail now covers some of the banner.

     

    Youtube Banner made by Canva Now how does it look on the iPhone 6 Youtube upload by @TarranDeane #corporatecinderella #online #Leadership #professionalspeaker #changemanagement #communicationstrategies .png

    Youtube Banner made by Canva: Now how does it look on the iPhone 6 Youtube App once uploaded?
    Play around with the image until you’re happy it represents you well and gets your message across. This ‘How-To’ Blog is brought to you by @TarranDeane #corporatecinderella #online #Leadership #professionalspeaker #changemanagement #communicationstrategies

     

    You and I know the power of window shopping and drive-by’s, even in the online space. Leading change and being being an influencer requires us to understand the pull marketing of kerb appeal and the unique positioning it offers new, prospective and current clients – internal and external – who want to come live in your neighbourhood. Let’s make it easy for people to know, like and trust us.

    Let’s step up our efforts!

    So that’s it for this quick tutorial! Come follow me on Youtube right HERE as I begin focusing more the branding of this Channel.
    Check Out Other Tutorials on Our PlayLists

  6. Our next focus will be to build brand consistency and develop Youtube Thumbnails for each of the videos already uploaded on our Corporate Cinderella ChannelSee you online at www.Youtube.com/user/corporatecinderella 

 

 

 

A. Authentic – An Extract from The Alphabet Principle: Your A-Z Guide to Being a Compelling Leader by Tarran Deane

A. Authentic Leadership

 

adj. AUTHENTIC: not false or copied; genuine; real; reliable; trustworthy; having the origin supported by unquestionable evidence; entitled to acceptance or belief because of agreement with known facts or experience; authenticated; verified.1

 

When we speak the seed of value over the lives we are entrusted with, a root of quiet confidence begins its journey of conviction into the battlefield of the mind. The seed is watered, valiantly breaking new ground in the face of discouragement and word storms. The leader emerges to stand not in the shadows cast by others, but rather to turn her own face to the sun, certain of her place in the world.

– Tarran Deane

 

Just Who Are You?

The rise of social media has led to a shifting of real and perceived authenticity. People post with certain filters. They’re now able to tag the topic and context of their post in their personal profiles. As workplaces are increasingly disrupted by automation and shifting goal posts, the leader who has a clear sense of his or her identity and is able to articulate it with word and deed.

 

As a compelling leader, you can inspire your team, tribe or community by providing opportunities to others to:

  • understand individual strengths and inspire personal accountability
  • promote unity and share the vision
  • require peak performance and set clear expectations
  • rejoice in the outcomes
  • honour the role of family in the life of the team.

 

Oh, Have You Got Your Copy of Tarran’s Book “The Alphabet Principle: Your A-Z Guide to Being a Compelling Leader” Yet? Click Here to Order a Copy for You and a Colleague!

 

Strip Back the Layers

It takes significant courage to lead from a clearly-stated values position in mainstream organisations. Those who do set themselves apart from the competition are fine with knowing they risk polarising some folks at work and in their target market.

So, get your brave on. Step into a higher level of personal satisfaction. Encourage your people to identify their values and take responsibility to genuinely declare the company principles or values as ‘this is how we do things around here’. is possible to be a compelling leader who has a clear vision whether you wear a pair of jeans or a pin-striped suit. It is less about what you wear and more about the vision you sow and the difference you’ll make.

Is it possible to be a compelling authentic leader who has a clear vision whether you wear a pair of jeans or a pin-striped suit? It is less about what you wear and more about the vision you sow and the difference you’ll make. Like walking your talk.

 

This takes time. I’ve read excerpts from The Four-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss2 and thought at the time that every workplace has its own context. There’s no way I could have cut down my executive hours working in Human Services.

Authentic Leadership doesn’t demand you throw in the towel and join a start-up or ridicule policies and procedures that are their for your protection and quality outcomes for the business.  If you try to fake who you are or your preferred work style, then you may well live on coupons and go around the mountain a few more times before you realise that:

  • work is a noble pursuit and you don’t have to leave your job to be entrepreneurial
  • you may not have to leave your own business and ‘get a real job’ either
  • to serve in the shadows can be more rewarding and influential than being in the spotlight
  • relationships matter – it is important to be kind to one another, set clear boundaries and expect more of each other and yourself.

 

Wouldn’t life be easier if everyone on your team kindly respected each other’s differences and yet came together under ONE Vision? Let’s help you to help them be the best version of themselves. Buy Tarran’s book “The Alphabet Principle: Your A-Z Guide to Being a Compelling Leader” here and we’ll send it right to you!

 

What’s the Alternative?

Often we need someone close to us or with an objective viewpoint who can challenge us if it looks like we’re ‘faking it’ or self-sabotaging. Blind spots, unconscious bias, lack of personal accountability and a readiness to blame are incredibly short-sighted and could exacerbate tensions with family and work colleagues.

If we’re afraid to pull back the layers and shy away from encouraging our people to do the same, then we may begin to see an increase in:

  • workplace conflicts
  • disengaged personnel
  • individual burnouts and mental health issues
  • loss of credibility and influence
  • loss of intellectual property
  • union involvement
  • lack of succession planning
  • loss of top talent.

 

 

Trust through Transparency and Track Record

The case is strong. You’re most compelling as a leader when you’re comfortable in your own skin and committed to learning, giving your best, bringing others on the journey with you, honouring commitments and keeping the lines of communication open.

Your life experience within your community, current industry or volunteer service will continue to shape you. Spend time to reflect on your achievements and celebrate the person you have become. Encourage yourself and be mindful that the person you become in pursuit of a goal is often as important as the goal itself.

Your team will be watching. Sometimes, it will seem like the whole world is watching how you move and respond to changes and confrontations. A lousy attitude hurts your health and limits your opportunities.

 

 

 

If you want to go far and go together, then navigate the tension of likeability while embracing the principle of ‘It’s none of my business what other people think of me’. Your language expresses a confidence of personal conviction and teachability, leading from a position of boldness and humility.

 

Vision – What Are You Aiming For?

Our values become clearer when we’ve come face to face with what we don’t want. Over time, were confronted with the opportunity to become better or bitter. Compelling leaders choose to become better, to develop a thirst for finding the good in other people, to pursue a cause greater than themselves and to delight in the simple things. See chapter V. – Vision.

 

Buy Your Copy of Tarran’s Book “The Alphabet Principle: Your A-Z Guide to Being a Compelling Leader” & We’ll Send it Right to You!

 

Serving One Another – Become Better at It

If I am ever stuck or become increasingly tired and forget who I am and what I’m meant to be doing, then I am too busy in my ‘doing’.

Personally, I get on my knees and read the Good Book. I spend a bit of time reading my favourite passages of the Bible, listening to worship music and recharging my soul and gaining a fresh perspective on the challenges at hand.

 

Your Authenticity Checklist

Here are a few questions to ask yourself. Oh, and they’re great questions to use when you’re coaching a direct report as well.

 

  • What makes you happy or sad?
  • What ticks you off or inspires you?
  • How do you like to process information?
  • How do you like to connect with people?
  • Close your eyes and reflect on the company you Are those people encouraging you to be a better person, personally and professionally?
  • Do you understand why you like to work the way you do? Consider undertaking a work-preference style assessment with an accredited facilitator so you can gain a deeper understanding.3
  • Watch the old movie Runaway Bride and ask yourself, How do I really like my eggs? What sort of woman am I? What kind of man am I? What can I do better? Do I use banter in a harmful manner that erodes another person’s confidence?
  • Create a Timeline of Events and update it Record the date and the nature of your feelings about various key events in your life and the lessons learned.

 

 

 

You can no longer justify yourself by saying, ‘It’s just the way I am!’ or ‘This happened to me when I was younger.’

If you are self-righteous, rude, have a problem dealing with anger and avoid taking responsibility for yourself, then your time is up. You’ve been outed. Get help from your local doctor, healthcare professional or career coach.

Real Leaders understand the impact they have and are wisely responsible AND Authentic.

Be the real version of you on your best day.

 

That’s Authentic Leadership.

 

 

Be the Best Version of You. Buy Your Copy of Tarran’s Book “The Alphabet Principle: Your A-Z Guide to Being a Compelling Leader”. It’s Time for You to Shine and Stand Up for What You Believe In!

 

Footnotes:

  1. Dictionary.com, Authentic, http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/authentic
  2. The 4-Hour Workweek, http://fourhourworkweek.com/
  3. Visit https://www.tarrandeane.com and work with us!

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

About the Author- Tarran Deane the Alphabet Principle Your A-Z Guide to Being a Compelling Leader for Real Life at Work - Speaker, Keynote COnference Speaker, PCO Speaker, MICE Speaker, Bureau Speaker, Associations SpeakerTarran Deane is the Author of “The Alphabet Principle ~ Your A-Z Guide to Being a Compelling Leader, for Real Life@Work”. With executive and leadership experience, covering more than 41,000 hours, across human services, non profits, workforce planning, associations and peak bodies, along with banking and tourism, Tarran has spoken at conferences and events in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the United States on strategic and operational elements of Leadership, Communication, Change Management, Diversity, Inclusion and Workforce Engagement.

As a wife, mum & step-mum, Tarran loves the tapestry of family life and recharges by serving others, chilling out and racing her Ducati 800 Monster through the hills of Northern NSW.

 

 

 

Are You Being Taken Seriously - Leadership Podcast with Bella in Your Business & Tarran Deane

Leadership: Are you being taken seriously?

[Podcast] Interviewed by entrepreneur Bella on her Jump Consulting Episode 37: “Leadership, Strategic Planning, & Vision” Tarran asked the audience “Leadership: Are you being taken seriously?”

I loved it when Bella invited me to be on her PODCAST!

I first met Bella at a little soiree in a funky part of Phoenix, Arizona in the American Summer of 2016. Arriving a few days early for the annual #NSAInfluence Convention I joined my Australian friend and colleague Trish Jenkins who happened to be in town to speak at a different conference. Trish is brilliant at building relationships through LinkedIn and on this occasion had reached out to a contact Gelie Akhenblit. Social proof and a track record on LinkedIn gave Trish ‘credibility’ and made it easy for Gelie to decide to coordinate the soiree and welcome Trish and I. Trish enquired about a possible lift from one of the other women driving in and who do you think picked us up? The fine Bella!

And that was it.

Instant friends, we knew we’d end up doing something together to serve our respective worlds.

And so here we are with our Leadership PODCAST for you!

 

Listen to the Podcast with Bella and Tarran HERE

Podcast Duration: 27:41 minutes — 20.2MB

Summary of What We Cover: 

  • How, as a woman, you can be taken seriously in the corporate world
  • Dealing with problem generators in the workplace. it’s not easy but you can RESOLVE issues
  • Why vision and strategic planning matter whether you’re in corporate land or self-employment
  • Tarran’s “Signature 7 Leadership Framework” for planning out your work week. (Infographic can be downloaded at https://www.tarrandeane.com/signature7leadershipinfographic/)
  • Share this PODCAST with your friends

 

Visit Bella’s website HERE

 

Tarran Deane is Interviewed by Bella on the Jump Consulting PODCAST speaking leadership, are you being taken seriously? Strategic Planning and more.

Meet Tarran’s great friend Bella, CEO of Jump Consulting!

Tarran Deane - Thanks for listening to the PODCAST

 

 

 

 

Leadership & Life ~ Change ~ Technology ~ Strategic Planning ~ Vision ~ Workplace Culture ~ Communication ~ Public Speaking ~ Online Leadership

How to Request a Podcast Interview with Tarran Deane

Click Here to Schedule a 15 Min Preliminary Call

 

 

 

Ten Reasons Why You Should Care About Your Professional Brand at Work

Professional branding is one way we’re recognised and draw or repel business. Do you remember seeing those brave souls standing on the sidewalks, wearing billboards or chicken suits, beckoning you to come inside their business and buy their burgers? That’s kind of like you and me, only we’re the billboard and you’re wearing a different kind of suit. 

We’re brand ambassadors. That’s why so many popular TV shows in recent years are gaining attention. They’re combining high end suits, lifestyle and ethics in a package, which in turn is selling a service or communicating a message. You’re the BRAND.

 

  1. Definition of a Brand N. Unique design, sign, symbol, words, or a combination of these, employed in creating an image that identifies a product and differentiates it from its competitors. Over time, this image becomes associated with a level of credibility, quality, and satisfaction in the consumer’s mind.[1]

 

“A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.”
– Jeff Bezos

 

 

The commercial world thrives on brand recognition. Coca Cola, McDonalds, IBM, Apple, Fedex. The brand is only as effective as the product it sells and the people who serve there.

The ‘dis-service’ to an organisation’s brand occurs when the employee’s behaviour does not line up with the customers’ expectation. The company has a brand. They have made a significant financial investment in developing a marketplace presence that includes stationery, advertising, website, uniforms, signage, and…you.

YOU’RE A BILLBOARD

You, the employee, are the walking billboard for your company. If you’re representing your business, organisation or church in any capacity, you’re representing the Brand.

Some customers may never access the internet or pickup a brochure. Some potential students or community members may never go to your school or enter your church because of appearances. You may be the only thing they know about the organisation you represent. How you speak of the business, talk about the product or extol the values of the personnel, will influence an individual’s ‘buying and buy-in’ decision.

 

WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER THIS AND ITS’ AFFECT ON YOU

In answer to your W.I.I.F.M. (What’s In It For Me) question, you’ll see the following unfold in your work-life:

  1. achieve greater referrals from your clients
  2. achieve increased sales conversions
  3. achieve increased job satisfaction
  4. achieve positive marketplace positioning by your company
  5. achieve excellent feedback at your annual performance reviews
  6. achieve longevity of employment and promotion
  7. encourage your team’s development
  8. enhance your workplace culture
  9. make your boss look good to the board, and
  10. impact your community for the greater good.

It does seem to make sense: You want to stand out because of who you are, the work you do and the difference you make; not because you’re awful.

Want to turn up the feel good factor and focus on what IS in your control?

 

Your Branding Checklist – some practical tips to help you stand out for the right reasons…

  • Attitude: a ‘can-do’ willingness to go the extra mile and join in unity for the success of the business and to have a positive impact on clients
  • Language: every word implies “I’m with you on this journey and I want us all to succeed.” No swearing, snide remarks, red-faced temper outbursts, or false accusations.
  • Suits, Trousers, & Shirts: Clean, ironed, in good repair AND appropriate to your industry
  • Uniform: wear it the correct way, in good repair
  • Hair: clean, cut to suit position or type of work – no mullets please (but that’s a personal bias I admit)
  • Face: clean shaven (for the men) and washed – unshaven faces only look good when you’re fishing on vacation.
  • Piercings & Tattoos: unless you’re on NCIS or work at a body art parlour, keep these respectful. Also check your organisation’s PP&P regarding this
  • Shoes: Safety first for the tradesmen (and women – rubber soles only for casual or nonslip environments; no broken heels, peeling leather, or broken zippers
  • Laptop: take your personal photos off the screensavers BEFORE you show your presentation, unless you have a casual relationship with the audience or it adds to your introduction
  • Workspace: clearly defined work areas, orderly filing and completion areas. No confidential data to be left out in view of unauthorised individuals. Clear desk. Clear mind.
  • Car: if you travel with your work, maintain the vehicle mechanically and keep it clean, inside AND out.
  • Socially Smart: Safeguard your reputation online and be wise about what you share and post
  • Execution: Honour your word, complete the functions of your role and the emerging responsibilities as effectively and timely as you can. If you come across obstacles make sure you’re keeping people in the loop.

 

Feeling a Little Strung Out?

Don’t let your reputation slide. Engage an external 3rd party and gain a fresh perspective and keep a short account with a few key people you trust. Let them speak into your life and highlight if it seems you’re becoming more reactionary or allowing yourself to be emotionally hijacked. Or if you’re beginning to look like a freaky wild man or woman and you’ve stopped taking care of your health or presentation. That should definitely be a give away.

If you need to, apply for leave and make sure you gain some much needed downtime.

Burnout is a sign you’ve been doing way too much for way too long. Take a look in the mirror. How are you really feeling about this? What’s your reflection saying back to you? You’re both a message and a messenger.

 

The Final Word

The final word on branding goes to Rachel Quilty, the author of “Brand Yourself” and a past guest at the Professional Speakers Australia Queensland Chapter Meeting. Rachel’s advice goes, “Branding should confirm your confidence, vitality, and competency. Your presentation should not get in the way of your message.

It begs the question, what are you saying?”

 

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