Career Chat-Episode #9: It All Starts With You! Self Leadership is the Cornerstone of Influence.

I’m on Episode #9 of Career Chat. Woohoo! I’m keeping the momentum going. When you see this red shirt you know it’s that time.

This month I am focusing on Skills Development. What are some of the skills that you feel you need to improve on to grow in your career or business? Last week I talked about time and priority management. This week, I’m discussing self leadership.

If we want to grow in our careers or business, it’s important that we have the ability to attract, connect with and influence others. How do we do this though, if we aren’t able to lead ourselves first? Don’t we have to walk the talk?

Check out my latest video where I share 3 tips on how you can gain better leadership of yourself.

I also share that I am going to be loading up a new freebie to the freebie gallery for my VIP club. If this interests you, follow this link to hop into the club.

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I’d love to hear from you. Does this topic interest you? What else would you like to learn.

Got Skills? Career Chat with Teca-Episode #7

In this Chat, I've stepped away from the Q & A and I'm sharing some knowledge with you. What skills do you need to have in the 21st century and beyond? I share with you the TOP skills that you need to get ahead.

As well, I share with you how I can support you as you aim to improve on your skills and step into the career that you love.

To find out more about the program hit the button below:

Drop me a comment below if you would like more segments like this one. Until next week, Be blessed!

We've Moved! Career Chat with Teca-Episode #6

Hey Ambitious Leaders, We've moved Career Chat to Youtube. Listen up to find out how you can get more of this chat every week. Join our VIP Club at bit.ly/ambitiousleaders Send your questions to me every week. You can do this by sending them to: 1. Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/tecacameron/ Just drop me a DM 2. Facebook-bit.ly/theprofessionalsden 3. Email- info@tecacameron.com

Interested in learning more about the ‘Design Your Dream Career Program”? Follow this link

Career Chat With Teca-Episode #5: Changing Your Career After 5 Years

Last month I began a new series called Career Chat with Teca on Instagram TV.  I get a lot of questions from professionals who need help navigating through their careers and I decided that this would be a great forum to share experiences and to provide support to my community of followers.

This week is Episode #5. I am really enjoying taking your questions. I am making a commitment to share the broadcasts on this blog as well. To make sure that you don't miss an episode, if you are on Instagram, follow my profile and you will receive a notification every time a new episode is posted.

In this episode, I answered a question sent to me on Quora. The question was: 'How do you change career when you have 5 years experience in a completely different field?  Watch the video to hear my response.


In this broadcast, I also announced the official launch of my 'Design Your Dream Career Program: Get the Guidance, Support, and Clarity Your Need to Step Into A Career You Love

This program was designed for mid-career professionals who are seeking to change careers or may like your career but need guidance to move ahead.

The program officially opens on September 24, 2018. Early bird discount ends on August 31, 2018.

To find out more hit the button below:

Social Media and Self Esteem-A Talk with Young Women In Jane/Finch

 Pictured with the Summer 2018 Girls Cohort of the Success Beyond Limits Program. Image Credit SBL

Pictured with the Summer 2018 Girls Cohort of the Success Beyond Limits Program. Image Credit SBL

Yesterday I had an opportunity to connect with 30 beautiful young ladies from Westview's Success Beyond Limits (SBL) program. These young women will be attending Westview Centennial Secondary School in the Community of Jane and Finch in North York Ontario.

Thanks to the recommendation by one of my former high school teachers/mentors (Mrs. Pat Saul), I was connected to the SBL program to conduct workshops aimed at helping the young women in the program.

We discussed Social Media and Self Esteem: Staying Focused and Sane in The Age of Selfies and Snap Chat

The young women were an absolute pleasure to serve.

The SBL program has a special place in my heart because it is housed in my former high school, Westview Centennial Secondary School. This is a school located in Jane/Finch and in a community that is often featured in media for the less than stellar 'newsworthy' stories.

What Jane/Finch was for me, was my training ground. The school of hard knocks if you will. I blossomed into the woman I am today because of my experiences growing up in this community.

Though there are common challenges coming out of Jane/Finch that you would find in any other urban community that is faced with economic inequality, social stigmas, adversity, and poverty, it is truly a unique community filled with heart, diversity and an incredible resolve to overcome obstacles.

Within Jane/Finch, you will find plenty of success stories, countless young people who are making a difference, teachers with heart, community members with guts and grit, and a tapestry of multiculturalism that fosters tolerance, love, and respect for shared human experiences.

Jane/Finch made me. When given the opportunity to speak to young people in my community (it will always be home), I feel blessed and honoured.

When I coauthored my book My Style, My Way, these were the young women I had in my vision for how I would use this book and my story to encourage them. Being a motivational speaker is a passion of mine and I use it to serve youth, particularly those who are faced with learning how to rise above adversity. I can relate to them on many levels, as I've lived similar experiences.

Thank you to Ms. Saul and the coordinators of the SBL program for inviting me to conduct these workshops. It was truly an honour.


Do you have a youth event coming up and need a speaker? Visit my speaker page to find out how I can help your group.

Job Searching? Top 10 Things You Should Do To Land Your Next Opportunity

Hello,

This is the replay for my latest live broadcast.

Job searching can be daunting, especially if you don't have a strategy.

Here are my Top 10 Things You Should Do To Land Your Next Opportunitybit.ly/

Useful links and resources:

1. Employer Directories: https://talentegg.ca/employer-directory?page=1

2. LinkedIn Tips: LinkedIn Best Practices Guide by Manu Goswani https://www.linkedin.com/…/urn:li:activity:6405874387752488…

3. Resume samples and tips website: Jobscan.co


Click the link below to take part in my upcoming Mastermind Group starting June 3rd, 2018,  7 Laws to Build Your Personal Brand.

You Got That Mental Toughness?

Catch the replay of my Live Broadcast

How do you process pain, rejection, failure, defeat? Do you use it as an opportunity to grow or do you shut down entirely.,

In this live broadcast, I share with you a lesson I learned from John Maxwell's 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth- The Law of Pain.

The core message is "Good Management of Bad Experiences Leads To Great Growth".

Are you growing in spite of your challenges?

 
 

To truly grow and evolve we must go with others. I'm inviting you to join me and 10 ambitious professionals as I take you through some of the wisdom contained in John Maxwell's 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.

We will focus on the 7 Laws that I believe are essential to building your personal brand and ultimately propelling your growth.

15 Invaluable Laws of Growth:

7 Laws To Build Your Personal Brand

Topic of the Month: Executive Presence

 
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Good morning and happy Tuesday

I’m back from an action-packed vacation and ready to start my week, month and new quarter feeling re-energized.

This month I will be sharing tips on Executive Presence (also known as Leadership Presence, Leadership Brand, Executive Image)

This is a topic that eludes many professionals especially those who are visible minorities or who socially have not had access to executive ranks for a myriad of reasons

There are codes, common language, and behaviours that are accepted as norms within the senior management and executive ranks. If that is your aspiration, understanding some of the nuances and making them work to your advantage can propel you further ahead in your career.

Stay tuned in the month of April as we dive into this topic

Are you interested in learning more about Executive Presence? Keep following the blog for more updates.

Your partner in success,

Teca

Workplace Learning Report 2018

LinkedIn has issued the 2018 Workplace Learning Report. The findings are not surprising.

Photo credit: LinkedIn

Quoting from the report, Here is a quick summary of the top 5 trends

1. The workforce agrees, training for soft skills is the #1 priority

2. Savvy talent developers are balancing today's challenges with tomorrow's opportunities

3. The rise of digital is transforming talent development: talent developers are depending more on online learning solutions to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse, multi-generational workforce-and there's no turning back

4. The #1 challenge for talent development is getting employees to make time for training

5. Manager involvement is a critical ingredient to increase employee engagement with learning.

The bottom line is this... learning and skills development is a top priority in the workplace today.

Read more about the report here:


Want to develop your employee's soft skills? Click the link below to learn how I can support your team. 

May I Ask You A Question? How I'm Using a Quiz to Connect With My Tribe

I'm posting this blog to share a recent feature that I started to use in my business.

Recently I was approached by a company named Interact to see if I would be interested in using their quiz in my business.

When they first reached out, I gotta admit I was a bit skeptical. You know how it is on the innanet...all kinds of strange things can happen. Luckily for me, the contact was legit and the offer was a no-brainer.

I've been exploring many ways to engage more with my audience and to identify and connect with my target client who is in need of my help and who I would love to serve. Then in comes this quiz software.

It's simply amazing. I can customize quiz templates, ask relevant questions of my audience that will help to identify their specific issues and best of all...it has a really user friendly interface.

I've selected my first quiz  and titled it 'Are You Ready To Thrive In Your Career?'.

If you want to find out whether or not coaching is right for you, or if you truly desire to have bigger and better outcomes for your career...this quiz is a must try.

Here is what I love about the quiz:

It's fun. It's informative. It's low risk (for me and my clients) and it's diverse.

Go ahead and give it a try and let me know what you think. Expect to see more quizzes popping up from me. It's really cool software. Thanks Jessmyn and crew for letting me test drive your amazing software.

 

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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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.

 
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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

 Photo Credit: PicNoi-Clarke Sanders

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 yellow)  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.