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You’re Just Three Steps Away From Owning Your Future

Let’s be honest… knowing what you want isn’t actually that easy to figure out, and not all of us were born with super, crystal-clear inspiration or focus. And on top of that, more than half the time, what you thought you wanted isn’t actually what you wanted, or what you want changes as you grow up and learn things, and then you have to start all over again! Here is a 3-step process for creating a clear picture of what you want.

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Organizational values and personal values lead to a more organic culture

An organization informs its culture, in part, by developing a set of organizational values. In the words of HRr, “As Human Resource leaders, it’s our job to lead the business in defining the values it holds dear, translating those values into behaviors appropriate to each level of the organization…” We’ve spent some time recently (see here and here) describing the WHY, WHAT and HOW of values at the individual level and why knowing your values is critical to being an authentic leader.

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How to be a Head B*tch In Charge without actually being a B*tch

I figured out that “executive presence” was really just window dressing for a traditional corporate POV of what good looks like. It wasn’t what I needed to be influential and impactful in my work. At wolf & heron, we’re more interested in helping you develop your presence, and that’s something only you can find.

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Becoming the Head B*tch in Charge™ means knowing your values

Leadership is a mindset, not a title. Nobody dons you a leader… they might give you a title, but we all know how little titles and leadership actually have to do with each other. Just recently one of our client's shared how excited she was that her company was going to launch a signature collection for the Japanese market as a result of her vision and influence. She didn’t have the authority to “make it so” with the stroke of her pen, but it was her initiative and leadership that brought it to life. Now she gets to have the opportunity of a lifetime to design the collection!

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Why Fierce Leaders get Real

Have you heard of Brené Brown yet? If not, you’re lucky, because you have a whole wealth of insight, honesty and self-reflection in your future. Wolf & heron has an admittedly intense intellectual and authentic girl-crush on the scientist and empathy expert. But as I expect we’ll write a future post called, Why Stephanie and Kara love Brené Brown, we’ll save the heart eyes for later.

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Stay Fierce: explore and push boundaries

In childhood, exploration is encouraged and is exciting. Other children of the 90s will remember, “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?” or “Legends of the Hidden Temple” and other adventures. Today’s young blood are inspired by Dora the Explorer, Legos, weird ipad games, etc. etc. But in terms of adulthood, it’s pretty easy to trade in that ravenous curiosity for a staid interest in what you know well with maybe a few exceptions inspired by a good read, TED talk or friend’s forwarded article.

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People who have intention are Fierce

For a lot of people, “intention” is a word used in yoga class. It has a semi-spiritual undertone and feels a little too far on the oodgie-goodgie side of mindfulness for the average professional or young boss. I remember one of my early yoga classes where the instructor asked us to set an intention for the practice, and I looked at her like she was bonkers. Wasn’t the point of being in yoga to stretch out the kinks and work my core a little? What did I need an intention for?

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Four Things to Remember to be an Influential Storyteller

As human beings, we’re neurologically wired for stories - it’s been the primary mode of information transfer for most of human history, and as a result, we remember stories and the details associated with them far more effectively than any other kind of information. Stories present information in a controlled way, and bring the audience along by having them participate in the story through emotional and intellectual engagement.

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