In the past couple of years I have been on a mission to align what I am passionate about with my life purpose. In doing this I had to first ask myself two questions; what am I passionate about? And what is my life purpose? These are not easy questions; particularly the second one that is ever elusive to so many of us. I pondered the ‘purpose’ question for quite some time.
Monthly Archive: February 2011
Diverse Solutions: Involve your Customers and your Employees in Creating New Innovation for your Organization
The world is changing and evolving at a rate that is both fast and slow all at the same time. It is fast when it comes to technology and all of the effects on our daily lives. Where it is slow is when it comes to acceptance and tolerance across different cultures and people.
Leading an organization during change is challenging, you need to be open and inclusive to get creative ideas and solutions from those closest to the business at hand. While leading large transformation projects during my career in the IT Industry I would want to understand all the angles and barriers we would face in execution.
We have all seen charismatic leaders who have an uncanny ability to draw people to them, yet without clear directions and goals, structured review and accountability, they fail. Creating a structure with objectives and targets that are well understood by everyone on the team and having those objectives and targets cascade throughout the organization is the foundation of a winning framework.
Building diversity is everyone’s responsibility. Anyone who has the job to build a team or organization has an opportunity to craft the diversity by how they chose individuals who will be part of the group. We often think of just the top leaders or executives as responsible for the diversity of a large organization.
Today’s fast-paced business cycle demands a new approach to solving problems and moving forward. In a global world, you need employees who understand your customers and the competition. By including people of all races, ages, genders, skill sets and approaches, you multiply the resources available for any given project.
We all have times when our daily activities seem to overtake any of our leisure time activities. Whether its deadlines on the job, responsibilities with our kids or service commitments with our causes, they can be all consuming. When I was a global executive at HP there did not seem to be a beginning or an end to my day.
The Power of Diversity to Transform your Organization
"Woven Leadership is one of the freshest concepts in the field of building a vibrant organization that will empower the reader to a new standard of excellence and performance. A must-read for all managers desiring to be their best!"- Todd Duncan, New York Times best-selling author
"Kim Box's Woven Leadership shows how much stronger you and your team will be when different types of people and talents are woven together." - Jennifer Basye Sander, New York Times best-selling author and speaker
Introduction to Woven Leadership
"It's time to start recognizing that leadership comes in all shapes and sizes, demographics and life experiences. We must see diversity as a secret weapon to be exploited in order to build the most successful organization. And we must also acknowledge that acting based on our own authenticity is imperative to weaving together the strength of the very fabric of the organization. We will explore why diversity and authenticity are now requirements for any organization that wants to succeed." - Chapter 1-Woven Leadership