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How to Climb the Economic Ladder

"In
the 21st Century, its the ability to think critically, solve problems, communicate, collaborate, use technology and be globally competent." says Ken Kay, President of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills
1.  Know Yourself - in order to lead others you must first be the leader of your own life.  Who are you?  What do you want?  How are you going to get there?  What are your strengths?  Learn to manage your choices and you will manage your life, because Choices determine where you go, what you get and who you become.

2.  Think like a Leader - not just what is; but think what else could there be?  What   would happen if we tried something different?   Try lateral thinking.     Follow these simple,   time-tested        10 Commandments of Leadership Principles and you will be an effective and respected leader.  If you want to understand how Leaders think read 50 Success Classics: Winning Wisdom for Life and Work.  Learn how to be an influential leader by listening to this four minute video on "How to be an Intentional Influence in the Lives of Others".

3.  Listen and Learn - listening is the number one communication skill.  the more you listen the greater opportunity you have to appreciate the knowledge, visions, and creativity of other people.  Understand what motivates people to become high performing professionals by listening to Daniel Pink discuss his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.
                        
4.  Act like a Leader - Good Leaders are Happy People.  Happiness is a Skill that we can learn, a skill like riding a bike or swimming. 

          Leadership is about going out and setting an example.

                                          Traits of a Good Leader
                                     Complied by the Santa Clara University and the Tom Peters Group


Honest - Display sincerity, integrity, and candor in all your actions.  Deceptive behavior will not inspire trust.

Competent - Base your actions on reason and moral principles.  Do not make decisions based on childlike emotional desires or feelings.

Forward-looking - Set goals and have a vision of the future.  The vision must be owned throughout the organization.  Effective leaders envision what they want and how to get it.  They habitually pick priorities stemming from their basic values.

Inspiring - Display confidence in all that you do.  By showing endurance in mental, physical, and spiritual stamina, you will inspire others to reach for new heights.  Take charge when necessary.

Intelligent - Read, study, and seek challenging assignments.

Fair-minded - Show fair treatment to all people.  Prejudice is the enemy of justice.  Display empathy by being sensitive to the feelings, values, interests, and well-being of others.

Broad-minded - Seek out diversity.

Courageous - Have the perseverance to accomplish a goal, regardless of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles.  Display a confident calmness when under stress.

Straightforward - Use sound judgment to make a good decision at the right time.

Imaginative - Make timely and appropriate changes in your thinking, plans, and methods.  Show creativity by thinking of new and better goals, ideas, and solutions to problems.  Be innovative!


            Managing is Power over People but Leadership is Power with People.
                                            
                                         Benefits of Leadership

Childhood characteristics of the Power Brokers:  "in both business groups and government the power brokers said they were most frequently described by others as "leaders" throughout their school years".  Source:  See Jane Win by Dr. Sylvia Rimm (child psychologist, correspondent for Today show)

A 1990 study of managers who were considered superior performers found that the managers had first experimented with team building skills in high school and college, in groups such as clubs and sports.  They practiced team building and group management in social and community organizations, such as 4-H clubs and professional associations in planning conferences and such.  Source:  Unleashing the Power of Self-Directed Learning by Robert E. Boyatzis, PhD
Example:  Mark Sanborn - his first speech was at the age of 10 in a 4-H safety speaking contest.  In 1978-79 he served as the National President of FFA.  Now he is an international bestselling author and noted authority on leadership, team building, customer service and change.

69% of women who own a Million Dollar Business took on leadership roles before becoming a teenager.  Source:  Millionaire Women Next Door by Thomas Stanley, PhD

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills identified financial, economic, business literacy, and entrepreneurship skills as the types of skills students must have in order to enhance workplace productivity and career options.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2002 Survey of Business Owners, self-employed individuals who have no paid employees operate three-fourths of U.S. businesses.  Entrepreneurship is an employment strategy that can lead to economic self-sufficiency.  Entrepreneurship education prepares people to be responsible, enterprising individuals who become entrepreneurs or entrepreneurial thinkers by immersing them in real life learning exsperiences where they can take risks, manage the results, and learn from outcomes.  Through entrepreneurship education people learn organizational skills, including time management, leadership development and interpersonal skills, all of which are highly transferable skills sought by employers.  Source:  U.S. Department of Labor's website

Financial concerns may be a personal matter, but they directly affect the workplace.  Research suggests that 15 to 20 percent of employees have financial problems severe enough to negatively affect productivity.  A financially stressed employee spends an average of 20 hours per month of work time on his/her personal financial problems.  Source:  The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.  Click here for information on the Stephens County MoneyWise Coalition. 

Drugs affect our Workforce and Economic Development; join the Leadership Team of the Dream Duncan's Destiny Drug Free Community Coalition and help save lives.  "Drug possession is driving our prison population.  One out of four people checked into prison every year are there for drug possession" K.C. Moon, Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Resource Center.  According to Alliance Work Partners "77.6% of the adults classified with dependence or abuse problems in 2004 were employed either full or part time.  Full-time workers who use drugs or abuse alcohol are two and one-half times more likely to have skipped one or more days of work in the past month.  It is clear, drug and alcohol abuse causes accidents and injuries and results in theft, absenteeism and imparied performance and productivity."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

                                   

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