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Author: Frank Abbruzzese

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  Do you play it safe or do you take calculated risks? If you always play it safe then you have made the choice of not being a leader.  When you take all the time necessary to explore all the options and know the end result to guarantee practically zero risk then you are not a leader. Leaders take risks, however, most of the time, they take calculated risks.  Time is usually the essence and you take a snapshot, make some presumptions and...

  Are you setting the bar or simply allowing others to set the bar for you? Being the leader on your team, in your company or in your industry means you get to set the bar.  Yes this is your responsibility.  It is your responsibility to bring your team to this level. If you follow, instead of lead, then you have set the bar too low.   On paper it may look like success when you pass this lower bar, however, you and your...

  We all make mistakes from time to time.   Learning from them and not making the same mistake twice teaches us to avoid these mistakes. How do you look at your tasks at hand and do you make any of these mistakes? Not Placing Value on a Task We prioritize our tasks and occasionally certain tasks are looked at as not valuable.  We scratch them off our list or simply place little effort into them.  They should all be looked at as important as...

  Most of us work daily as part of a Team and we contribute in our own way.  Some days we spend most of our time interacting with the Team working together on tasks.  Many days are fun and of course challenging as we keep learning new things all the time. Recently with the Nerd Olympics, the AlphaKORians have been challenged to work closely together outside of the office.   We have Team sports,  other outings and company events which are always fun. This...

  In what ways are you inspiring your Team to grow with your company long-term? Challenge your team to keep building on their skills, education and experiences.   This will reduce the stagnation many teams face where members get bored.  One constant in the technology and innovation sector to keep it exciting, there is always something new to learn and to nudge your team to add to their skill-set. Does your leadership style follow a bottom-line-driven mentality or follows a people-first culture?   When you...

  You can either stand out or fit in.  This is one of my favourite quotes is by Seth Godin.  What are you doing to stand out from the competition? Tell Your Story When you tell your story, bring who you are and your core values as you open up and share who you are.   Make it interesting and keep it light and concise.   There is a fine balance between sharing your successes and bragging. People want to hear about your successes.  They also...

  So how do you even determine what is the important stuff? Leaders set priorities that line up with their goals.   They focus on the important stuff and the difficult stuff instead of avoiding it or being too busy to deal with it.  Setting priorities is embedded in their leadership style to ensure what is important gets done instead of ignored. Everyone is not going to agree.  That is OK.  Remember your goals determine the plan.  If the task does not fit it...

  I'm on vacation with the family this week and thought it would be fitting to share this blog from a while back. How do you manage your time to be more effective? We have our habits that fit our style and some are good while others are not so good.   How do you change and adapt to be more effective with your time? First thing every morning is a review of the task list and create a new one starting with the most...

  Watching the Olympics makes me wonder if all of us are performing at our best on a consistent basis.   It is a good question to ask yourself daily:   Are you performing each and every day at your best? It is too easy to make excuses and "cop-out" by not doing your best.   Yes my alarm clock sometimes awakens me and yes some mornings I do not feel like getting out of bed and going to the gym.   I mentally kick my...

  The top 3 qualities of successful teams and The AlphaKORians' demonstrate these every day: 1.  Collaboration Working together on projects, whether they are client-driven or company-driven, the Team seeks input and expertise from each other to successful achieve the task and goals. Words such as "I" and "Me" are not part of the AlphaKOR vocabulary and truly reflects the definition of Collaboration, which is "We".   When you ask "What's in it for me?" you are no longer collaborating.   The question we ask is...