Some of you may have noticed some new and exciting changes as you login to your Koenect account. Some of the biggest changes you will see is as you are creating or updating your account, there is now a visual series of explanations that will walk you through the process. This is meant to be used as a guide to help you create your best portfolio for the type of Koenection you are trying to make. Keep in mind, this is what everyone will see when they visit your portfolio page so you will probably want to put your best foot forward so others understand who you are, what you are hoping to accomplish and to whom you are trying to Koenect. Also, the passion keywords you create is what will drive the Koenections made for you so these are a valuable tool for you to continue to tweak until you get the desired result.
On a side note and as mention in a previous newsletter, we will shortly be introducing the Project Page. This is definitely something you will want to check out since it allows you to enter details of a project that you are currently working on and would like to Koenect with some other skill sets. You can post one of you own projects and choose to :
Ask for someone to Koenect it Forward and help you out of the goodness of their heart in which you will do the same for someone else at some point.
You can make the Koenection with someone and discuss how you wish to move forward among yourselves (the Lounge), whether it be trading services or agreeing upon a price. (Remember, we just make the connection so what you decide is completely up to you and solely between the parties involved.)
On the other hand, the reverse is true. You can search through the Projects and choose to help someone out via the Koenect it Forward program or Koenect up with someone and decide amongst yourselves on how you will proceed on the project. Either way it is up to you – we just make the Koenection! Since we all know – it is all about who you know in business, the trick is knowing where to find them…
Being a leader takes courage and fortitude. You must have the necessary abilities that will show people you are to be trusted and worth following. Leadership is not a skill that can be drilled into you. Margaret Thatcher said “Don’t follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you.” If you sense that you have the distinctive traits to be a leader, here are some tips to keep you on track.
Stir the Team
How do you provide employees with coherent, concise and correct information so they know what is expected of them? Communication! Be clear about what their tasks are, where to get assistance and what the timeframe is. It is also critical that you listen to your team. Capturing the big picture around the mission is an important strategic driver to keep the group inspired and provide a boost to productivity.
Ethics and Integrity
You must consistently demonstrate high values and responsibilities. This will build trust and respect with your team. Being a professional means doing the right thing while also knowing that people will not discern that you did it or not. A leader also must impart a safe and relaxing environment for employees to allow for innovation, engagement and creativity.
Determine the Complex Problems
Be the one to set aside time for your staff to assess pressing problems. Provide them the supporting data and background information necessary to complete the tasks. It is very important to be part of the team and partake in the resolution of the challenging issues. A leader must also never quit on a problem. They embrace the challenges and find the best means to overcome the obstacles.
Identify the goals that are demanding, quantifiable and attainable. Furnish an atmosphere that allows for staff involvement with processes for setting goals and a rewarding, focused and supportive setting. Review the measurables with the team and congratulate on the successes while also staying positive on the negatives, keeping in mind a quick turnaround plan.