Taking Your Network to the Next Level


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This presentation was originally given at a leadership summit in April, 2012. It takes a pragmatic look at how to expand and build an extraordinary network, one that you can rely on to support your vision, by first demonstrating your leadership aptitude.

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  • To reach excellence you must first be a leader of good character. You must do everything you are supposed to do. Excellence starts with leaders of good and strong character who engage in the entire process of leadership. And the first process is being a person of honorable character.  Marcus Aurelius quotes (Roman emperor, best known for his Meditations on Stoic philosophy, AD 121-180
  • So..what does leadership have to do with taking your network to the next level?Organizations/communities/companies will not achieve excellence by figuring out where it wants to go, then having leaders do whatever they have to in order to get the job done, and then hope their leaders acted with good character.You must start with the good character. Exhibit that good character. That is the first step.
  • A little about myself… SH - About $3 million in revenue with a team of 17 people.Focus on business-to-business communications – work with a lot of engineers (primary decision-makers for manufacturing supply chains)We’re smart. Genuinely engaged in our client’s success. Good at making complex issues simpler
  • I began my community involvement and volunteerism a long time agoI pursued these earlier opportunities based on the urging of Charles McNeer, CEO of WE Energies. In response to the question, “How can I advance in my career,” he said “lead in your communities.”
  • What an exciting time we live in. There are tremendous opportunities for you to lead right nowDon’t let someone else grab your leadership opportunities!
  • The world absolutely can – and should – be a better place because you’re in it
  • Join assoc. such as CSWEA or the Water Council - Rich Meussen is laying the foundation for the region to be the fresh water capital of the world.
  • References & recommendations for Linked-In profiles
  • Chances are it’s important to your region and to the region’s business and community leaders.Important social issues could include:
  • The rewards are amazingNew or sharpened focus for your career, maybe even your lifeDiverse friends and colleaguesRelationships with business or community leaders you otherwise wouldn’t meetEmotional fortitude. Humility and character buildingThat inner satisfaction that comes from being part of something bigger
  • “I start with the premise that the function of being a leader is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph NaderAs parents, we look to expose our kids to different thingsSports. Arts. Ethnic foods. Foreign language. International travel and cultures
  • Manage your time wiselyThink strategically. Set priorities around value-producing actions.Just do it. Be a leader in your industry. In your family. In your community You will be amazed at where it takes you.And at the network you will build of committed, passionate people who will stand by you in your careers – and in your life.
  • Taking Your Network to the Next Level

    1. 1. “Taking Your Network to theNext Level”Presented by: Mary ScheibelApril 2, 2012
    2. 2. Defining Leadership• What is leadership?• Who will lead?• Where will you build your leadership skills?
    3. 3. Defining Leadership• “Organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal”• Interesting: – The leader may or may not have formal authority – Leaders often emerge - across a variety of situations
    4. 4. Defining Leaders• Words that describe good leaders: – Honest. Competent. Forward-thinking. – Inspiring. Intelligent. Fair-minded. – Courageous. Straight-forward. Imaginative. – Conscientious. Ambition. Aspiring.
    5. 5. Defining Leaders• Food for thought: – Leaders do not command excellence. They build excellence. And you must first be a leader of good character. – “Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.” Marcus Aurelius – “Managers are people who do things right. Leaders are people who do the right things.” Warren Bennis, Ph.D. On Becoming a Leader
    6. 6. Becoming a Leader in Your Network• Lead in your communities and organizations – Vision is the essence of leadership – Exhibit good character• Find and create opportunities to expand and build a unique and extraordinary network• Continue to refine leadership skills and abilities along the way
    7. 7. Why I’m Here Today• Founder & principal of Scheibel Halaska, a strategic communications agency – Work with engineers – Member of Water Council – “A prominent player in the city’s PR scene,” according to media reports• Personal winner of the BizTimes Milwaukee 2011 Entrepreneurial Award and Spirit of Milwaukee award winner
    8. 8. Why I’m Here Today• Current involvement in the community: – Metropolitan Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce (MMAC), Board Member • Member Education Reform Committee – MMAC’s Council of Small Business Executives, President – Second Chance Partners for Education, Board Member – TEMPO Milwaukee, Board Member – PRSA WI, Board Member and Past President
    9. 9. Why I’m Here Today• However, I’m also a spouse. A mom. A grandmother. An active member of my church.
    10. 10. Start at the Beginning• Getting involved – Advocates for Women/Families of Domestic Violence – Village of Saukville Economic Development Committee – Northern Ozaukee School District, Co-chair for new school referendum• Advice from a leader – Charles McNeer, CEO of WE Energies – In response to my question, “How can I advance in my career,” he said “lead in your communities.”
    11. 11. Journey of a LifetimeThis was not good news! …but I took Charlie’s advice and I’m passing it on to you.
    12. 12. Becoming a Leader in Your Network• What are you passionate about? – Gaps to be addressed. – Problems that need to be solved. – Opportunities that can be seized.• There are: – Issues important to water – Issues important to the world – Issues important to you personally
    13. 13. Becoming a Leader in Your Network• This involvement will help you – Advance your career – Build your leadership skills – Establish friendships with like-minded people – Accomplish things you may never have dreamed of – Build a network with people you may otherwise never have met – Leave a legacy you can be proud of
    14. 14. Start at the Beginning• Join professional associations• Where can you help make a vision a reality? • Figure it out. Make an offer.• Don’t just join the organization. Get on a committee. – Lead an initiative, program or task – Roll up your shirtsleeves. Help get the work done• Be a great follower
    15. 15. Start at the Beginning• Benefits: – Get smart about your industry and key issues – Establish relationships with people in your industry – Build networks of help, resources – Build references – Develop your leadership skills
    16. 16. Start at the Beginning• Find a charitable organization or cause that’s important to you. – Education in the inner city – Closing the skills gap – Winning the war on poverty – STEM and why kids should study math & science – Protecting the environment – Kids and cancer
    17. 17. Start at the Beginning• Benefits – New or sharpened focus – Diverse friends and colleagues – Relationships with business or community leaders – Emotional fortitude. Humility and character building – Being a part of something bigger
    18. 18. Expanding Your Reach• Involve your families in these issues• Groom your kids to be tomorrow’s leaders today – We often fear exposing them to uncomfortable or unfamiliar situations• They will develop the characteristics we look for in leaders – Less entitled, kinder, diverse in their thinking – Fair-minded, inspiring, refreshing
    19. 19. Taking Your Network to the Next Level• Aaah, but it’s work and I’m already busy. – To whom much has been given, much is expected. It’s the right thing to do – And, he who parties hardest, parties longest and has the most toys… • Really doesn’t win the game. • Especially if it’s the man at the pearly gates you’re answering to.
    20. 20. Taking Your Network to the Next Level• Key success factors in building your value as a leader – Values & Integrity can never be sacrificed. NEVER. – Create strong networks of help. We are all insufficient on our own. – Surround yourself with people who know more than you do. – Be willing to make both sacrifices and commitments – Have a strong faith. It’s where emotional fortitude comes from
    21. 21. Taking Your Network to the Next Level• Key success factors in building your value as a leader – Respect that wisdom comes with age and experience – Integrate the new and the old. The emerging and the traditional. – Manage your time wisely – Keep confidences. Don’t gossip. It’s very detrimental to the people you’re discussing – and especially to you. – Just do it. Be a leader in your industry. In your family. In your community
    22. 22. Thank you & good luck!