How do you measure a leader's Capacity?

You've been with us for a while and so far you've gotten to learn about Driving Forces, Behaviors, Emotional Intelligence and Competencies. Next, we will be introducing you to Acumen.

Imagine two cars driving down the highway. They are both going 75 miles per hour, but one is a 1962 VW Beetle and the other is a 2019 Porsche 911. Now imagine sitting inside each of those two cars and what it would feel like. I'm not really into cars, but I know that going that fast in a car from the 1960's would feel a lot different than any car built recently, let alone one of the fastest Porsches ever made. The fact is that sitting inside those two different cars would feel very different. The VW would feel like it is nearing it's capacity for speed while the Porsche might feel like it could easily go much much faster. Two cars doing the same thing, going the same speed, to some degree will look similar to the external observer. But sitting inside the two of them will feel very...

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How good are you at Understanding Others?

Did you know that Understanding Others is a competency that you can develop? We define the Understanding Others competency as, "Understanding the uniqueness and contributions of others." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Understanding Others?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Understanding Others?

Those with a highly developed skill of Understanding Others exhibit the following:

  • Demonstrates the ability to evaluate others.
  • Strives to understand the unique qualities of all people.
  • Evaluates many aspects of the people in her surroundings.
  • Recognizes how other people can contribute.
  • Accepts individuals’ unique abilities and looks for ways for them to contribute.
  • Utilizes feedback to identify strengths in other people.
  • Seeks to understand how certain decisions can impact others.
  • Sees the unique...
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How good are you at Time and Priority Management?

Did you know that Time and Priority Management is a competency that you can develop? We define the Time and Priority Management competency as, "Prioritizing and completing tasks in order to deliver desired outcomes within allotted time frames." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Time and Priority Management?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Time and Priority Management?

Those with a highly developed skill of Time and Priority Management exhibit the following:

  • Effectively manages difficulties and delays to complete tasks on time.
  • Effectively manages time and priorities to meet deadlines.
  • Presents completed tasks on or before the deadline.
  • Demonstrates an ability to maintain deadlines in the midst of crisis.
  • Strives to improve prioritization.
  • Balances timelines and desired outcomes.
  • Takes...
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How good are you at Teamwork?

Did you know that Teamwork is a competency that you can develop? We define the Teamwork competency as, "Cooperating with others to meet objectives." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Teamwork?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Teamwork?

Those with a highly developed skill of Teamwork exhibit the following:

  • Respects team members and their individual perspectives.
  • Makes team objectives a priority.
  • Works toward consensus when team decisions are required.
  • Meets agreed-upon deadlines on team assignments and commitments.
  • Shares responsibility with team members for successes and failures.
  • Keeps team members informed regarding projects.
  • Supports team decisions.
  • Recognizes and appreciates the contributions of team members.
  • Behaves in a manner consistent with team values and mission.
  • Provides constructive...
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How good are you at Self Starting?

Did you know that Self Starting is a competency that you can develop? We define the Self Starting competency as, "Demonstrating initiative and willingness to begin working." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Self Starting?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Self Starting?

Those with a highly developed skill of Self Starting exhibit the following:

  • Possesses a strong work ethic and belief in getting results.
  • Takes initiative and does whatever it takes to achieve objectives.
  • Projects self-assurance in getting the task started.
  • Starts quickly to avoid setbacks.
  • Asserts self in personal and professional life.
  • Willing to begin working regardless of circumstances.
  • Accepts personal responsibility for achieving personal and professional goals.
  • Functions effectively and achieves results regardless of...
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How good are you at Resiliency?

Did you know that Resiliency is a competency that you can develop? We define the Resiliency competency as, "Quickly recovering from adversity." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Resiliency?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Resiliency?

Those with a highly developed skill of Resiliency exhibit the following:

  • Demonstrates the ability to overcome setbacks.
  • Strives to remain optimistic in light of adversity.
  • Evaluates many aspects of the situations to create a positive outcome.
  • Recognizes criticism is an opportunity to improve.
  • Accepts setbacks and looks for ways to progress.
  • Utilizes feedback to forge forward.
  • Seeks to understand how certain obstacles can impact results.
  • Sees the unique opportunities by overcoming challenges.
  • Swiftly works through the emotions and effects of stressful events.
  • Copes...
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How good are you at Project Management?

Did you know that Project Management is a competency that you can develop? We define the Project Management competency as, "Identifying and overseeing all resources, tasks, systems and people to obtain results." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Project Management?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Project Management?

Those with a highly developed skill of Project Management exhibit the following:

  • Identifies all required components to achieve goals, objectives or results.
  • Demonstrates the ability to utilize the right people to complete the project.
  • Establishes high performance standards.
  • Holds people accountable and is focused on goals and priorities.
  • Identifies barriers to objectives and removes them.
  • Delegates appropriate responsibilities and authority.
  • Ensures adequate resources are available...
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How good are you at Problem Solving?

Did you know that Problem Solving is a competency that you can develop? We define the Problem Solving competency as, "Defining, analyzing and diagnosing key components of a problem to formulate a solution." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Problem Solving?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Problem Solving?

Those with a highly developed skill of Problem Solving exhibit the following:

  • Anticipates identifies and resolves problems or obstacles.
  • Utilizes logical processes to analyze and solve problems.
  • Defines the causes, effects, impact, and scope of problems.
  • Identifies the multiple components of problems and their relationships.
  • Prioritizes steps to a solution.
  • Defines and develops criteria for optimum solutions.
  • Evaluates the potential impact of possible solutions.
  • Looks for specific goals,...
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How good are you at Planning and Organizing?

Did you know that Planning and Organizing is a competency that you can develop? We define the Planning and Organizing competency as, "Establishing courses of action to ensure that work is completed effectively." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Planning and Organizing?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Planning and Organizing?

Those with a highly developed skill of Planning and Organizing exhibit the following:

  • Works effectively within established systems.
  • Utilizes logical, practical and efficient approaches.
  • Prioritizes tasks for optimum productivity.
  • Develops procedures, processes, and systems for order, accuracy, efficiency, and productivity.
  • Anticipates probable effects, outcomes, and risks.
  • Develops contingency plans to minimize waste, error, and risk.
  • Allocates adjusts and manages...
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How good are you at Personal Accountability?

Did you know that Personal Accountability is a competency that you can develop? We define the Personal Accountability competency as, "Being answerable for personal actions." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Personal Accountability?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Personal Accountability?

Those with a highly developed skill of Personal Accountability exhibit the following:

  • Demonstrates the ability to self evaluate.
  • Strives to take responsibility for his actions.
  • Evaluates many aspects of his personal actions.
  • Recognizes when he has made a mistake.
  • Accepts personal responsibility for outcomes.
  • Utilizes feedback.
  • Observes and analyzes data to learn from mistakes.
  • Sees new possibilities by examining personal performance.
  • Accepts responsibility for actions and results.
  • Willing to take ownership of...
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