The long game – Episode 5 | Kathy Lang on focusing on the needs of others.
Podcast: “The long game” with Milos Topic – Episode 5 with Kathy Lang, Vice President of Member Relationships at the Tambellini Group shares her thoughts, ideas and experiences on solving problems by focusing on the needs of others first. Kathy’s passion for leadership, innovation and reimagining path forward is evident across a variety of positions throughout her career.
Kathy’s question for the audience:
► What changes do you anticipate taking place in higher education?
Don’t badmouth your competition. Instead, focus on providing value and improving who you are and what you do. Improve your products and services, don’t tear down others.
While it is impractical to have a perfect balance of work and responsibilities for many reasons, it is important to be mindful of distribution and proactively be intentional as to how work gets done.
Making a change does not necessarily mean that what was done up until this point is bad in any way. It may simply refer to an evolution of products, services and maturity of how we approach certain needs.
Podcast: “The long game” with Milos Topic – Episode 4 with Tej Patel, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Stevens Institute of Technology shares his thoughts, ideas and experiences on solving problems with empathy and understanding while innovating in service of humanity. His servant leadership approach is a great reminder and a model for us all that people should always come first.
Tej’s question for the audience:
► What challenges is your institution facing with “digital everything” and what are the executive expectations?
The importance of open lines of communication can not be overstated. It is essential to be available to all on your team and be of value on their journeys. Enable and empower other leaders to lead, but be ready to help as well at all times.
Here are 7 signs you are ready to lead. While these seven areas or indicators are not comprehensive and not the only things one should look for, they have proven to be of value many times over my career.
7 signs you are ready to lead:
1. You are doing it already
People come to you for guidance; you take initiative; you are proactive; you take on stretch assignments beyond comfort and responsibilities.
2. You ask questions, lots of them.
3. You bring forward ideas and solutions, not only problems and complaints.
4. You protect your colleagues and you don’t shy away from risks.
5. You approach challenges with desired state in mind first.
6. You are cool, calm and collected. You don’t panic over little things.
7. You are self-motivated and are driven by purpose.
What else would you like to include on this list?
Pursuit of perfection is futile. Focus on incremental yet relentless growth, advancement and progress.
It is on us to own our lives, our careers and take an active role in improving them, taking care of our families, friends and communities. Cavalry isn’t coming. Own your life, before someone else does.
I have said this before and I will say it again: leadership is not a popularity contest. Leaders work for people they are entrusted with and work every day to solve problems and challenges of their organizations, their industries, regions or nations. Leadership is about getting things done and creating a better environment for all in a collaborative, professional and respectful manner, it is not about being liked.