Tutor profile: Stacy M.
Subject: Microsoft Suite
How can I make the Microsoft Suite systems work for me?
This is a loaded question of course. The key is to understanding what one is trying to accomplish. Is it analyzing mass data down into a consumable story to influence change or improve metrics? Is it using a few slides to articulate a complicated story into an understandable message? Depending on what the task is, the Microsoft systems are tools to support accomplishing that task. It starts with understanding what all can be done in each tool and knowing when to use that tool or a combination of the tools.
Subject: Professional Development
What are the keys to successful professional development?
There are 3 keys to successful professional development: Desire or Drive: A person cannot expect to grow professionally without a passion for growth and overcoming the next challenge or problem. He or she may not always have the answers or immediately know how to overcome the challenge or problem, but they do have the drive to dig in, research, seek to understand, and have confidence to figure out a viable solution. Direction: One cannot just have the personal goal to "master" their current role expectations and expect to be promoted to the next role. A professional needs to always have a direction they want to grow in professionally. Sometimes this is a clear step-by-step plan that gets them there, sometimes its a general direction of where one wants to go. Both are fine - as long as there is a plan. Some professions do have a clear path of promotion, some do not or there are options once a role is mastered. It's the role of the professional to hone in on one direction, set their sites, and not give up on their plan. Determination: Once the professional understands their desire/drive and their direction, they have to channel their determination. Professional development does not come easily. There will be challenges, mistakes, and maybe even failure - but it's what one does in those moments that shows their professional maturity and commitment to their success. Does the person look to everyone else to make their scapegoat or does the person get back up, reflect to learn lessons, take ownership and try again? The latter response is someone who is determined to grow.
What are the three types of management styles of a successful manager or leader (direct or indirect)?
A good leader or manager leads people in three ways: Coaching, Mentoring and Managing. A leader should spend about 70% of their time in Coaching-mode; guiding and teaching each employee to grow, learn, and be successful in their current role. Then the leader should spend about 20% of their time in Mentoring-mode; taking a key individual or two under their wing, pushing and challenging them to mature eventually leading them to taking their next professional step. Finally, a good leader should only be spending 10% of their time in Managing-mode; directly managing wrong behaviors or poor performance with an employee. Each of these ways involve a different skillset of leadership. Strengthening ones abilities and skillsets to dynamically lead their team will make his or her leadership engaging, motivating, and successful.
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