Check Out MyVenturePad.com and SocialMediaToday.com

Recently, I had an opportunity to talk with Brian Roger of Social Media Today and its sister site MyVenturePad.com.  Brian writes for these online, B2B social communities on topics that help companies use social media to connect with and build deep relationships with customers and prospects.  Brian and I had a great discussion about leadership which can be heard on MyVenturePad by clicking here.  In addition, I was fortunate enough to be named "Blogger of the Week" on Social Media Today and that article can be viewed here. Many thanks to Brian and the others at these two sites for showcasing for all of us some of the great ways that social media can be used to foster dialogue, build awareness and relationships and ultimately drive business. Nina Nets It Out: Be sure to learn about social media tools and the capabilities they can afford you in connecting with customers, partners, employees and the like. As I’ve always said, communication is crucial in business and these technologies empower all of us to be able to communicate in more ways and hopefully more...

A Brief Discussion with Michael Gallagher, President – The Stevie Awards®

In November 2008, I was humbled by being named the winner of the 5th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business in the “Best Executive – Service Businesses – More than 2,500 Employees”.  This was truly an honor and I can only again point to and congratulate the fabulous pool of competitors within this category, not to mention all of the other categories that were awarded.  To stay involved beyond receiving the award, recently I spoke with the founder and President of The Stevie Awards, Michael Gallagher.  I welcome you all to listen in to this podcast by clicking here where we discuss how I got started in business, my career and success at SAP and why I created my blog here at NinaSimosko.com. Nina Nets It Out: As a recipient of The Stevie Award, I wholeheartedly encourage other women to participate in this organization and to do all that they can to help other women in business, and men too, to achieve all that they...

Celebrate Leadership

The first Monday of September is Labor Day in the United States, a day recognized around the world — albeit on different days and terms (International Workers’ Day or May Day in other countries) -– to celebrate social and economic achievement. It is a time to recharge and refuel, and constitutes a yearly national tribute to advancements in leadership, prosperity, and overall well-being. So what can we do to honor ourselves and those we lead? Some suggest that the key to sound leadership lies in providing gateways to success, ongoing opportunities to advance and excel. Steve Farber, best-selling author of The Radical Leap and The Radical Edge, writes, “Your own greatness as a leader… lies, paradoxically, in your ability to cause others to be greater than yourself.” What are you doing to empower your teams? How do you demonstrate faith and drive inspiration? These are questions you can and should ask. Your management style will often dictate what your teams deliver, as well as the extent and spirit with which they push forward. Are you providing the tools they need to make the most of their efforts? Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, thinks you should expect more than others think possible. What is your philosophy? Brent Filson, author of more than twenty books on business and leadership, believes there are three key factors to leadership motivation and its daily application: Motivation is physical action. Follow up leadership discussions with specific physical action, whether a handshake, personal visit or interactive e-mail exchange. Motivation is driven by emotion. When you want to move people to take action, engage them personally and...

Learning to Lead

The path to becoming a leader is never clear. You may arrive at a leadership position by luck, opportunity, hard work or even because of a disaster. It is precisely because of this that many people, as they begin to transition into leadership roles, begin to search out the leadership story of others. From the stories of others we can understand our own leadership contexts and challenges — identify patterns and similarities, and determine how we can apply these lessons to our personal and professional challenges. However, as I have stated on many occasions, for the leader, learning never ends — hence the never-ending line of business and leadership books populating the shelves of airport bookstores. Now, of course, there are some great blogs and articles that provide leadership advice. One which was recently voted as the best leadership blog is Steve Roesler’s All Things Workplace. Take a look through the archives on Steve’s blog and read through some of his posts and you will soon realize he not only brings a depth of understanding to his thinking around leadership, he also provides practical tips for how you can begin applying this to your own approach to leadership. In this article, Steve discusses how you can boost the impact of your communication by thinking in threes — facts, emotions and symbols. It is a great read. But what he explains so well is the importance of the power of leadership stories to humanize the leader and to engage your teams. Remember, especially if you work in a large organization, many of the people you come in contact with will...

Featured on the Internet

If you are wanting to find information on “leadership”, there are plenty of sites you can visit. Take a look at my Links and you will see the websites that I read regularly — Wally Bock’s Three Star Leadership, Anna Farmery’s The Engaging Brand, Dan McCarthy’s Great Leadership and Jim Stroup’s Managing Leadership. There are many more sites that provide useful leadership advice, written from a variety of angles. Increasingly, I am beginning to see “group” websites starting to bring together like-minded authors around a topic. Slow Leadership is one such site which I have just added to my reading list. Slow Leadership aims: … to provide interesting and challenging articles to help you think through the issues and find ways to enjoy your life and work to the full. This is a blog about ideas, not quick tips. I am pleased to let you know that I will, from time to time, be contributing articles to the Leadership section of the Slow Leadership site. In other news, I have also been asked to contribute to the Leadership & People section of the UK-based ChangeBoard.com. Both of these sites have some excellent leadership writers onboard. Do yourself a favor and spend some time there. After all, leaders never stop learning! Nina Nets It Out: I am often asked for reading recommendations. One of the best sources of current leadership thinking and learning is right at your fingertips — check the list of the blogs available here on my blog, and then follow through to the blogs that these writers...

Epic Living Hour Podcast Live

Earlier today I was interviewed by Eric Pennington on his Epic Living Podcast. You can listen to the recorded podcast directly by clicking on the play button here on the left. My interview commences at 11 minutes into the podcast. In the podcast I discuss my current role and experience (11:00), the importance of education for a leader (13:30), importance of communication (17:00), the role of the leader in a group (18:00), the corporate environment for women and the importance of mentoring (20:00), how to reach out to mentors (22:15), how to improve employee engagement (24:00), the importance of “going for it” (31:30), the practicalities of leadership (38:00), the importance of clarity in leadership — and how to use technology in communication (41:00). I hope you enjoy...