I use to drink a lot more coffee than I do these days. I would easily consume 2 or more Starbucks Venti coffees before Noon and then enjoy espresso shots in the afternoon. As you can imagine, I wouldn’t sleep very well at night, often needing a glass or two of red wine to relax, then I’d jump right back on the crazy train the next day. This was my routine for many years of my career. It served me well as I managed company growth, teams, projects and technology around the clock. However, a couple years back, I finally decided to break this caffeine intake habit of mine. I gradually cut back and changed things up. I now order a Venti Americano (two shots of espresso and hot water) every morning and then drink tea throughout the rest of the day. I find that tea is much more soothing and still has caffeine which helps me keep my mind sharp, active and alert. I sip many tea varieties and I also prepare custom blends which I brew with a tea set in my office. Its a nice change and much healthier. I feel better, sleep better, and yes… I still drink the occasional glass or two of red wine.
Leadership can be taught but its better to be experienced. I have had the good fortune of working with many great leaders over my career and I’ve incorporated many of their best attributes into my own leadership style. The most successful leaders, lead by example, depicting the skills, qualities and competencies that are needed and expected to achieve desired results. Empowering, coaching and mentoring your employees helps them to become their very best. It helps them to realize their potential, accomplish important goals and objectives, take on even great responsibility, and become valuable assets to your company. Yes, it does takes time, but as they observe you practicing what you preach, you will in turn observe them blossom into leaders themselves.
Businesses like Mobility Services International (MSI) always have a rich portfolio of projects to work on. These projects can range from very large to very small and everything in between. Most of them are very strategic to our company and need to be run in parallel. It takes a real interdependent team and culture to successfully drive, manage and complete them to deliver the expected results.. We have managed to knockdown previously established departmental silos and our collective teams= now collaborates and synergistically work together to deliver these projects on time. I like to say “I need you, you need me, and together we need each other”. It is with this mindset, culture and corporate-wide practice that we are able to remain agile and innovative helping both our clients and our company as a result.
I don’t know about you but I am very happy for the change of season. We’ve had a nice New England Winter but I’m now welcoming the Spring. Its been nice to have some warm sunny weather and to see the snow melting all around. In the business world it also means that many of our clients have finalized their end-of-year activities, as well as their 2013 budgets, and are ready to get things moving (literally…pun intended). This time of year things really heat up on the relocation and international assignment front for these companies. We look forward to another successful year of helping our clients manage their critical global mobility and talent management initiatives.