Winning Takes Courage and Strategy

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Winning thought for today:

To live courageously means we don't let fear lead us.

We can be, do and have anything we desire when we are courageous.

Yet, there's a catch though...

If we don't have a strategy, we often find ourselves working very hard for it.

Sometimes painfully hard. Discouragingly hard. Stress filled...hard. So hard that we sometimes want to give up!

To get to where we want to go, to have influence, to have meaningful relationships, to do work that fills us up and overflows to bless others...

We have to believe in our own magic, our own strengths, our worth. We have to invest in ourselves. Time, money, work.

The life you want is right ahead of you...just make it your mission to get clear on how you will get there.

Truth is, with a plan...life doesn't have to be so hard.

Make a choice to live authentically and with courage. Be bold, set goals and go WIN at life!

Be blessed,

 

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My Hair and What's On My Head...Is Not Your Business

 
Wearing a natural french twist. That's professional to me but so are twists, fro's and hijabs.

Wearing a natural french twist. That's professional to me but so are twists, fro's and hijabs.

Tbt to when I was 6 years into my natural hair journey.  Glorious days of full, soft and deeply coiled 4C hair.

Tbt to when I was 6 years into my natural hair journey. 

Glorious days of full, soft and deeply coiled 4C hair.

It's Throwback Thursday and I started thinking about all of the struggles I have had with my hair over the years. How much time....goodness...time I have lost, trying to make it do what it really didn't want to do. I even wrote about my struggles in my book- My Style, My Way because...for me, the struggle is very real.

I decided to write about the topic of hair and career.

I speak from the experience of a black woman whose hair has been politicized in North America and various parts of the world. I feel being an Image Consultant of African descent, I have a responsibility to speak up.

Our hair is different.

Curly hair, in general, is different.

It's different from what we have been told is the norm or the ideal standard.

Yet, to us, it's not different, it's what we've known to be true since we discovered the first strand growing out of our scalp. 

Many women, no matter her ethnicity will likely say that hair is something that they often battle with. The hair industry is a multibillion-dollar money maker. That is a pretty huge indicator of its significance.

Yet some women are consistently underrepresented in broader society because they don't fit the mold.

Like many women, I've spent a small fortune trying to get my hair to work with me, lost countless hours of productivity, shed many tears and I'm sure caused much confusion with my chameleon hair transformations.

If you're probably saying, ok, what does this have to do with being a professional or your career?

Well, my grandmother used to say that your hair is your crowning glory. Therefore, I believe it plays an important part in our physical appearance.

Yet, what I find troubling is the desire for others to dictate to us how we should wear our hair. Us, being humans in general, yet I speak from my own experience.

Check out these stories about the controversy surrounding women's hair...

Zara employee accuses store of discrimination over her hairstyle

Woman "has job offer withdrawn" for refusing to change her hairstyle

|A Muslim Lawyer Refuses to Choose Between a Career and a Head Scarf

There have been others as well. 

There is an old school of thought that suggests certain hairstyles are considered to be 'professional' while others are best left out of the professional scene.

Hair shouldn't define us, yet somehow it still does. Hair shouldn't impact on our ability to perform our jobs, yet somehow there is this idea that if you wear your hair a certain type of way, your performance will be impacted.

  • Our hair is a reflection of many things personal.
  • Our hair is often a reflection of our culture (whether we adorn it with a hijab, a turban, an afro, dreadlocks, braids, silky straight texture)
  • Whatever the case may be...it is a matter of personal preference.
  • Our hair is a reflection of our personality
  • Our hair should be determined based on what works for us

All that being said, I should make it clear that I believe in being well groomed, yet the definition of well-groomed can be tricky to interpret.

If hair is tidy, clean, doesn't cause obvious distractions (like there aren't glittering Christmas lights adorning it), then what is the issue?

Yet, others may disagree.

I want to offer this to anyone in a position of authority who has to make decisions about a person's suitability for employment.

Leave hair out of it.

Unless there are clear health and safety reasons that prevent someone from wearing their hair a certain way, please focus on what they bring to their work.

If your dress code policy is antiquated and outdated...consider getting someone with experience in diversity and inclusiveness to give it a review.

We no longer live in the Elizabethan Era. Times have changed and we as a society need to evolve to be more inclusive and respectful of diversity.

If you do not understand something...seek first to understand.

People often misunderstand black hair in particular, yet we are redefining what beauty means and claiming our rightful place in the corporate arena without feeling the need to mask our identity.  

In a multicultural society, hair is not your business...it should be the business of the person who is wearing it.

We are not our hair, so it is my opinion that no one should be forced to choose between whether or not they can feed their families or maintain their cultural identity.

Today I rock my hair short and natural, I big chopped again because I need a style that is quick, versatile, chic and represents me in my current state!  That's my choice.

What are your thoughts on the matter of hair? Should someone's hair ever be a business decision or a statement reflecting someone's personality?

Chime in, please.


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Build Her Up: International Day of The Girl!

Today is the International Day of The Girl

It's an important day. Girls matter. In many parts of the world, girls are disregarded, abused, trafficked, raped, mutilated, destroyed emotionally and physically.

I don't have a daughter, but I have little girls in my life.

I'm happy that a day like this exists, if for no other reason than to bring awareness to the issues affecting girls worldwide.

I long for a day where we don't hear about childhood abuse, violence, sexual crimes or the destruction of young girls self-esteem.

I plan to leave a legacy for the girls in my life, and the next generation, that tells them they can and will become anything and anyone they want to be. No matter their colour, hair type, size, culture...no matter what. 

Will you take the pledge with me? To uplift, encourage and motivate the young girls in your life?

Here are some startling statistics that highlight the plight and issues facing young girls and women today. We need to improve as global citizens.

Let's be a blessing to our girls.

Find a young girl to mentor, volunteer to show her the way, speak life into her circumstances, be a positive role model and a voice of support.

You never know, you may be that one person who can save her life.

 
Picture Credit: Picnoi: Jason Sackey

Picture Credit: Picnoi: Jason Sackey

 

Best to you,

 
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Today is World Mental Health Day. Is Your Job Making You SICK?

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Photo credit: Jacob Rank, Picnoi

Hello,

Did you know that today is World Mental Health Day?

The focus of this initiative is to tackle the issues surrounding mental health in the workplace.

I understand this issue very well. I left my last career because the work-related stress was intolerable.

At the time, I placed a lot of blame on myself but later discovered that it had a lot to do with my environment and circumstances I did not understand nor could control.

The stress we encounter at work often has a lot to do with whether or not the job is the right 'fit' and many times due to lack of proper leadership.

I did not know how to cope, but eventually, I sought out help and found my way...out!

Here are some interesting statistics for you taken straight from Statistics Canada:

  • The average Canadian spends 8.03 hours of their waking hours physically at work. That doesn't include time away completing work-related activities.

 

  • "Six in ten highly stressed workers identify work as their main source of stress (62%)"

 

  • "Mental health is highly correlated with chronic stress. Numerous studies link chronic stress to anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue and substance abuse."

 

  • "Chronic stress can cause memory loss and can change the brain's structure and functioning, affecting a person's susceptibility to depression and the effects of aging."

 

  • "Long-term stress is also highly correlated with the development and progression of many chronic physical diseases, such as heart disease, arthritis, ulcers, asthma and migraine." 

 

  • "Highly stressed workers who identified their job or workplace as their main source of stress were well-educated—almost three-quarters had a college or university education—and over one-half held white-collar jobs in management, professional or technical occupations."

 

For many, these statistics will not come as a surprise. Mental health problems at work, is a big deal.


Are you struggling to cope? Here are some tips to help you along the way...

 

WHERE CAN YOU GET HELP?

1. Seek out a licensed therapist through your confidential Employee Assistance Program (If you have access to one). Otherwise, ask your doctor for a referral.

2. Try to figure out the specific triggers that lead to your stress and find a way to get the support you need from leadership.

This can be tricky because some environments and leaders are not supportive and may actually make the situation worse.

If you find yourself in such a situation, you may wish to approach it by explaining your desire to improve the working conditions and overall outcomes at work. In essence, if those things improve, your condition will likely benefit as well.

3. Learn coping strategies for issues such as anxiety. Meditate, breathe, focus on the positive, take time out when necessary

4. Work with a coach or a mentor, someone who can help you to set goals and gain clarity about your work. Many times, as I discovered, the stress comes from being in a place, doing work and being amongst people that are not in alignment with who we are.

Our health is our wealth. If your job is making you sick, it can impact your overall well being. Seek out the help you need to get better. No job is worth your sanity or physical health.

Your friend in success,

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Throwing Shade, Side-Eyes and Other Covert Communication That Messes Us Up

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Photo Credit: PicNoi-Clarke Sanders

What's on the menu for today? A good read, a bit of shade and a cut of the eye, on the side. 

The other day I wrote about civility or the lack thereof in the broader culture. I get a sense that there are a lot of folks who are out to claim their title as the baddest B$&h in the streets. Something similar to what used to go down on the middle school playground back in the day.

So what is up with the whole idea that in order for us as women to get through issues we have to resort to insults, mean behaviour or indirect yet aggressive behavior aimed at humiliating or shaming another person we dislike?

Here's my thought on the matter...we need to let it go!

What is it? It's that toxic weight we carry when our default position is to respond to others from a place of contempt or malice.

It's that negative weight that follows us around when we are in our homes and our offices. It seeps into our psyche and before we know it...this is just how we operate.

What I am talking about is the idea that somehow instead of being upfront communicators we should get comfortable 'reading people', 'throwing shade' , or dishing out 'side eyes' to those we aren't fond of or who, perhaps may not be fond of us.

These covert and frankly uncivil behaviors (yep, I called it like I see it) don't do anyone any good. It's catty at best, destructive at worst. I've been guilty, hands in the air. When I first strolled into the corporate world I also brought along my attitude. I'm direct yet I had to learn how to tone down my directness so it didn't come off as insulting or rude. I also had to keep my eye roll in check. Sort of like, rolling it but in the back of my head where it couldn't be seen.

Here are 4 reasons to ditch the shade, cancel the read and straighten out the side eye for good.

1. No one lives in our heads but us, so don't expect anyone to read your mind. Being direct ensures that your point is made and it gives the receiver a chance to state their position. The hope is that it can all be done respectfully. Side eye is just that, it's from the side. Not everyone will pick it up. Learn how to eloquently get your point across, say what you mean and get heard.

2. Stories are great, yet they suck when used to draw conclusions about someone else's behaviour. If it didn't come from the horse's mouth, then chances are it's inaccurate. Wondering what someone is 'trying' to say? Ask them. If they are rude or respond in a way we don't like, we just need to walk away. I've learned that this is the best approach for maintaining our composure and reputation. When they go low, we go HIGH. Michelle Obama, she said that!

3. We will form better bonds. People will either like us or not. No guessing in between. It's ok if they don't, we cant be for everybody but we should know who is truly in our corner. If we aim to approach others respectfully, we increase the likelihood that we will form better connections. Cantankerous spirits tend to get cantankerous results.

4.  You create space for positive vibes. Negative energy is like quicksand, the more of it you encounter the harder it is to break free. We need to drop the negative energy. It's heavy weight. We will carry this toxicity around with us and it will stifle our growth.

Women we need to come together to embrace positivity. If you feel that you are receiving negative energy, check in with the person who is sending it. Ask questions in a way that opens up a dialogue. You may be surprised to discover she wasn't shading you all along.

Positive vibes only!

What are your thoughts on the issue?

 

Your Friend In Success,

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The Professional's Coach

 


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3 Signs That You may be in The Wrong Environment

 
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'Growth Thrives in Conducive Environments'. John C. Maxwell

Have you ever felt that no matter what you do, you just aren't good enough?

Do you sometimes question whether or not you have any skills or abilities to offer to the world?

Feeling unsure about ourselves and doubting whether or not we can add value to the world is more common than you may think. Self confidence is a real struggle for many professionals.

What I have discovered about personal growth is, it is difficult to move upward when your environment or surroundings pull you down.

Yes, being internally motivated is important yet there is still something to be said about the company that we keep.

Not only are our social contacts influential in how successful we ultimately become, but many times our work environments can actually slow down our progress.

In the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, John C. Maxwell shares that to growth thrives in conducive environments.

If you are surrounded by people who are growth oriented and are in environments that enable you to work to your strengths, you stand a greater chance of excelling in whatever you choose to do.

Here are 3 quick ways to tell if your environment is for the birds, and it's time for you to take flight...

1. Everyone around you seems to be going NOWHERE FAST! This is a good sign that, if you are in fact focused on growth, you should strap up your sneakers and run for the border.

2. You feel stunted or imprisoned when you are at work and you can't figure out why. A quote I read along time ago said this "Everybody is a Genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid." 

If you are in a toxic environment or are not able to do work that is meaningful to you, you may be that little fish trying to climb the tree.

Find your strength zone and work in it. If your work environment leaves you feeling confused or lacking, it may be time to assess if you are in the right place.

3. You lose interest in the conversations and activities that you used to get excited about. There could be many reasons why we lose interest in the things we used to like, but chances are if the environment that we are in leaves us constantly feeling bad, bored, sad or worse confused...it's probably time to check out.

Have you ever felt that your environment was keeping you back? Was it the people or the places? What did you do to make your environment work for you or did you just exit all together?

Feel free to share below. Would love to hear your thoughts.


 

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A Brand Must Evolve

 
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Your brand is the authentic story that you create and the experience that you leave behind. If your brand is to stay top of mind, it must evolve over time.

Throwing it back to 11 years ago when I first decided to create my personal and business brand. I started as an Image Consultant. My vision, to help people look good and feel good so that they have the confidence to take charge of their life.

The process was always organic for me. As a creative, I wanted to do it all. My first logo was chosen by a designer. It was light blue and lime green. My company named was Teca Cameron Image Management Agency. I had a big vision and still do. The name sounded right...at the time.

Was it me? At the time, I felt it could be. I molded to the brand. Those were the colours of the moment. It worked. Was it authentically me? Not entirely. The name over time became complicated. People didn't get it. My story was muzzled.

Then in 2013, I did it again. This time, after a long hiatus, I changed my vision for my brand. I phased into leadership development, training and coaching because it was in alignment with the corporate vision that I initially had for my brand. It worked, yet something was still missing.

Fast forward to 2017, many experiences, much research, time spent finding my tribe, the people I want and desire to work with who are in alignment with my vision and who need the help I can provide.

I have arrived.

My brand story has evolved to a place where I feel it tells my story. It creates the experience that I desire.  My chosen colours (gold, white, red/orange, black with hints of teal)  speak to who I am at my core and the energy I wish to share with others. Every detail down to the fonts selected for my brand has been given careful thought.

So...this long story is to say...

I'm putting out the old and bringing in something new. I believe in re-engineering, re-positioning and pivoting when it is required.

Stay tuned for my re-branded logo, name and pictures. I will continue to share the evolution of my brand, as I help you to build your own.

My brand is who I am.

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Why Taking a Pause...Can Get You Ahead

Why Taking a Pause...Can Get You Ahead

"Learning to Pause Allows Growth to Catch Up With You" John C. Maxwell

Do you take the time to reflect upon your life? It can be a challenge when juggle so much. Yet reflecting has been proven to help evaluate our experiences.

 

Are you prepared to face yourself?

 
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Oh the Mirror!

 

That  dreaded little piece of reflective equipment. I remember there was a time when I used to absolutely dislike looking in the mirror (literally and figuratively). There was this thing happening with my self-esteem that just would not allow me to feel comfortable looking back at myself. A lot of it stemmed from the fact that I felt very 'unpretty' , but also because I just didn't like who I thought I was. That was a period where I can honestly say I did not value myself. I was young, uncertain of my identity, confused about my purpose. I assessed my value based on what I assumed others thought about me. Fundamentally, I was lost.

Have you ever felt a strong dislike toward yourself? Maybe because of something physical or maybe more to do with something that you did or maybe because of who someone else told you that you were/are?

Well, can I tell you something? It's normal for us to go through periods of low self esteem. It's a part of getting to know who we are. What keeps us stuck though is when we are unable to see our worth entirely. When our self esteem remains low and we are unable to see value in who are are. 

For me, getting unstuck was really about discovering my overall beauty and learning not to judge myself by my past mistakes.  When I was able to do that, I invited morning sessions where I would just stare in the mirror...just because. I was ok with interacting with people because I knew my worth. I no longer feared 'what are they going to say about me'. That became irrelevant. When that happened, I was able to focus on my growth both personally and professionally.

In the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, John Maxwell shares with us that many people fail to reach their full potential because of low self-esteem. I have also found this to be true throughout my journey. The people that are the most successful are those who have a firm confidence in who they are and what they are all about.

Whether your mirror is physical or mental, are you able to face it? Are you able to look back at what is being presented to you and say that you are alright with the reflection? If not, how can you work on building your self-esteem so that you are in a position to really appreciate and value all that you are and can potentially be?

You are worth the effort, time and energy needed to develop yourself. If you see value in yourself, you will add value to yourself.

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Are you ready to try something new? To grow beyond your wildest imagination? Take an intentional step in the direction of your personal growth. Join me and select group of like minded professionals as we explore John Maxwell’s 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.

Not sure where or how to start?  Click the link below to find out more

 

 

About the Author:

Teca Cameron-Tackie is a leadership and success coach. She works with emerging leaders, mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs. She equips her clients to gain the confidence needed to WIN at life, work or business. She specializes in soft skills development specifically coaching her clients to build their most captivating personal brands by learning how to master their appearance, behaviour and communication for success.

Mrs. Cameron-Tackie also assists companies who wish to develop their employees so that they foster a work environment that is a productive place where people thrive. To find out more visit www.tecacameron.com

 

Weekly Challenge: Let's Grow with Intention

 

'Growth doesn't just happen' John C. Maxwell.

Can I give you a challenge for this week ahead?

Write down on a piece of paper 1 goal that you would like to achieve in the next 3 months. Something you have been longing to do but you haven't yet figured out how you will get it done.

After you write that down, start envisioning what your life would look like when you achieve that goal. How will you feel? What will you be doing? how will it benefit others? Envision it with as much detail as possible.

Building a personal brand that distinguishes us from the other billions of people in this world starts with the decision to be intentional about our personal growth.

Let's do a check in next week to see how we did with this visioning exercise.

Who's with me? Are you ready? Let's go!

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7 Laws to Start Building Your Most Captivating Personal Brand

 
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What does it truly mean to grow? Do you spend a lot of time thinking about how much progress you are making in life? Have you focused on setting a clear path for your life and career or do you just let things happen? Are the chips just falling where they may? Day after day. Are you satisfied with the outcomes you have had so far?

My Lessons Learned:

What I have learned in my transition from a dissatisfied full-time government employee to where I am today, a full-time entrepreneur living my purpose, is that I am responsible for my growth.

15 Laws of Growth:

This month I will be running a series focused on personal growth and development. In this series, I will be sharing a few highlights from my mentor and leadership expert John C. Maxwell. I will share John’s wisdom he poured out in the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth is an incredible book that challenges us to think deeply about our own personal growth. In it, I discovered 7 laws that I found to be critical first steps in building out our Personal Brand.

Laws to Start Building Your Personal Brand:

The 7 laws I refer to happen to be the first 7 of John's 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. Here's a quick rundown for you:

1. The Law of Intentionality: Growth doesn't just happen

2. The Law of Awareness: You must know yourself to grow yourself

3. The Law of the Mirror: You must see value in yourself to add value to yourself

4. The Law of Reflection: Learning to pause allows growth to catch up with you

5. The Law of Consistency: Motivation gets you going, discipline keeps you growing

6. The Law of Environment: Growth thrives in conducive environments

7. The Law of Design: To Maximize growth, develop strategies

 

Why Does Growth Matter Anyway?

Who doesn't want to improve in some area of life? Most of us truly do, but for the most part, we face serious struggles figuring out how to get from point A to point B. We get caught up in the minutia of the day to day that we can’t see the forest for the trees. Before we know it, 5, 10, 15 years have passed and we find ourselves stuck…in the same place.

My Experience:

I remember like it was yesterday, back in 2006 I was in a very lonely and confused place. I was stuck in what felt like a dead-end career, in and out of bad relationships, lacking financial clarity, confused about my purpose and I had no clue what I was going to do with my life. That was until I decided to do something about it. I decided to live with intention and haven’t looked back since.

I have been where you might currently be. I have been in a place of doubt, confusion, stagnation, 'I hate this da$! Job’ and perhaps had a few to many ‘get me outta here' moments. What got me out of that place was a decision to take control of my life and career. I'm not encouraging anyone to up and quit their job like I eventually did, but what I am encouraging you to do is to find your happy place, discover your purpose, put a plan of action into place and attack it with determination and fearlessness.

Understanding your Personal Brand:

To grow to our fullest potential, we can all benefit from reflecting upon all of John’s 15 Laws. As a start, it’s important that we reflect upon clearly understanding and defining who we are. That is, developing our Personal Brand.

What is it that you stand for and what experience are you leaving with others when they come to know you? To have a personal brand that is captivating, begins with personal reflection. A personal brand along with competency and skill is your ticket to standing out and winning the game of life. An outstanding brand presence enables you to attract and connect with the right people for greater influence.

John said it best, “the true measure of leadership is influence- nothing more, nothing less.”

Furthermore, “everything rises and falls on leadership!”

“Leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness”

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Are you ready to try something new? To grow beyond your wildest imagination? Take an intentional step in the direction of your personal growth. Join me and select group of like minded professionals as we explore John Maxwell’s 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.

Not sure where or how to start?  Click this link to find out more

 

About the Author:

Teca Cameron-Tackie is a leadership and success coach. She works with emerging leaders, mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs. She equips her clients to gain the confidence needed to WIN at life, work or business. She specializes in soft skills development specifically coaching clients on how to master their appearance, behaviour and communication for success.

Mrs. Cameron-Tackie also assists companies who wish to develop their employees so that they foster a work environment that is a productive place where people thrive. To find out more visit www.tecacameron.com

 

 

Are You Dressed For Success?

 
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It's the first day of summer, did you come prepared? Are you dressed for success?

When you get dressed, who do you dress for? Dressing for success is far more than dressing to impress others, it is about dressing to reflect who YOU are authentically, it is coming into your confidence so that instead of trying to draw people to you, you naturally attract the right attention.

Image sabotage happens when we fail to realize the power of personal presentation. How we put our look together, in terms of grooming, clothing, overall attire most definitely impacts the impressions we make. It has a definite initial impact on our ability to form meaningful connections.

I'm sure you've heard it before and I can tell you, it really is true. When we look good, we feel good. We are confident and we are able to ask for what we want and need, and ultimately...get it. When we know ourselves we spend less time worrying about what others think and more time building and sustaining meaningful connections.

I consult to emerging leaders, mid career professionals and entrepreneurs who want to enhance their personal brand by elevating their personal and professional style. Click the link below to find how you can have a professional style that is distinguished and captivating.

 

 

Canada's Top 100 Black Women to Watch 2017

 
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This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the annual gala hosted by the Canada International Black Women Event (CIBWE). I attended as a recipient of this award, in the category of entrepreneurship.

I am truly very thankful to Velma Morgan who nominated me as a recipient, as well as to Rose Cathy Handy and her team for selecting me to be among so many accomplished and driven women who are making a difference in their communities.

I see this acknowledgement as confirmation that I am in fact on the right path and it gives me further encouragement to continue on my mission of helping professionals to truly reach the pinnacles of success by believing in and tapping into their potential.

www.cibwe.ca (2017 profiles will be updated shortly)

Grateful and humbled!

 
 
 
 

Personal Branding 101-What on earth is it?

 

Hey there, 

I've been meaning to pen an introduction to personal branding to share my perspective on this topic. Well, the day has finally come.

I'm a coach and a personal brand strategist, which means I help people and small businesses to master their appearance, behaviour and communication for success in life and leadership. As a strategist, I help you to design tools, solutions, strategies to have a stellar brand. As a coach I work with you to gain clarity on your brand, provide a source for accountability, and help you as you define and  implement your brand's vision.

Ok so the big questions...

WHAT ON EARTH IS PERSONAL BRANDING?

Well, it depends on who you ask. There is a lot of information out there and to be honest, for most, it can be downright confusing and overwhelming sifting through what's real and what is not. You know, those 'alternative facts.'

Really personal branding is not a new concept.

WHAT IS IT?

Your personal brand is really just your image.  Your image is a reflection of who you are and what you bring to the table (the dining table, boardroom table, negotiating table, you name it)

Your brand is a combination of many elements. In my practice I share that your personal brand is a combination of your Appearance, Behaviour, Communication and Social Media Presence (A.B.C's). In it's totality, your personal brand is what you stand for, what you represent, it is the total experience others have with you when they come to know or interact with you.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Ever tried to apply for a job or promotion lately? or explain to a prospective client why you are the person to solve their problems instead of the other 50 gajillion people that do the same thing that you do? How did that work out for you?

If you struggled to articulate your message or if you were unsuccessful in accomplishing your goal chances are there is room for improvement in how you are showing up in your profession.

Whether you want to accept it or not, your personal brand has already been created. The image that you have of yourself may or may not be consistent with the image others have of you. It is up to you to control your image so that your message is consistent with who you are and what you are all about.

HOW IS MY BRAND DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS?

We are all different, no two people are alike. Not even twins. We have varied experiences, backgrounds, likes, dislikes, skills, talents, physical attributes. How we combine these differences and how we use them to attract, connect with and influence others will ultimately be varied as well.

WHAT IS PRESENCE?

It is having the ability to attract and connect with people in such a way that they want to know more, they come to like you and ultimately come to trust you. These are critical foundations for relationships, which if we are to be honest are at the core of everything that we do as human beings. When you have presence, you have an impressive manner. Your brand stands out, you become the influencer that others want to work with. Influence is power. It is at the core of leadership and if you can influence, you can be outstanding in your profession.

SOUNDS GOOD, TELL ME MORE...

I'll be back to post a bit more on the subject. In the meantime, sign up for my VIP mailing list to get more tips on how you can develop a Captivating Presence and Personal Brand. You will also get first access to my resource library for paid and unpaid products, discounts to newly launched products, freebies (books, templates or guides) that will help you as you build your own personal brand, executive and/or leadership presence.

Best to you,

 

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Monday Motivator: The Law of Environment

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On this subject, I could write a novel. Our environment has the ability to alter our perspectives, our progress and our potential. The power it has over us is based on the amount of power we allow it to have.

I grew up in an environment where most people assume that people cannot succeed. I was blessed to be cocooned within a loving family that nurtured me to the best of their ability; however, the outer world that I faced was one where struggle, violence, poverty, crime and hardship was commonplace. Did I allow that to stop me from growing? Absolutely not.

What gave me motivation was the fact that I had opportunities to go outside of my environment to see that the things I was exposed to were not the be all and end all. That there was much more that I could access. Granted, even within the challenges that I faced, I was still able to find the best of the circumstances. I was also able to surround myself with people who were also focused on growth and success.

Who we choose as our associates, greatly impacts our success in life. Are you surrounding yourself with people who are serious about their growth? or are you just hanging on to the people that you know because that's all that you have known?

If you want to see dramatic changes in your life, consider exploring and changing your environment. John Maxwell says this in the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, "if you're always at the head of the class, then you're in the wrong class."

As well, "whether you are a success or failure in life has little to do with your circumstances; it has much more to do with your choices. " Nido Qubein

Change your environment...change your life! Who are you associating with? Who are the 5 people you spend the most time with? What are they doing with their lives? Are you and them on the same page or are you on a different wavelength? Assess your environment, that will give you an indication as to whether or not you have outgrown your circle and are in need of a change so that you can grow and blossom.

Have a blessed week ahead,

 

 
 

Global Youth Initiative

"I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside." Whitney Houston

"I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside." Whitney Houston

The John Maxwell Global Youth Initiative is here. As a certified Youth Max and Youth Max Plus Facilitator I will be bringing youth leadership programs to Ontario's youth in Hamilton Ontario.

To find out more click below:

"I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside." Whitney Houston

Audio replay: Keys to Assertive Behaviour

 
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On March 16, 2017 I had the honour of speaking with Dr. Stephanie Hampton Credle on her radio show The Chrysalis Zone. We discussed how people can demonstrate more assertiveness in life to get what they want. How do you move beyond AGGRESSIVENESS? How can women be heard without the rage? Listen in to find out more.

 

MARCH PROMOTION (CORPORATE): Let's play the Leadership Game!

Check out the current member to member promotion open to Hamilton Chamber of Commerce members. Save 50% off a facilitated Leadership Game. This Game is indeed a game changer! Exclusive to the John Maxwell Team members this game will help you to raise your organization's leadership ability.

Play this game with 6-12 members of your team and watch as growth unfolds within your organization.

For more details contact Teca at (416) 342-9577