Mark Rucker joins me and shares secrets from his Life and Leadership files. Mark worked with Disney for 32 years, has served as an executive with Great Wolf Lodge, and recently authored the book Coffee with the Mouse: Life and Leadership Wisdom from 32 years at Disney and Beyond.
Early in life, Mark started collecting lessons on leadership into his drop file. Over time, it morphed into life and leadership lessons that he has since shared over coffee and now in a powerful book. Character is important. You will never know if being nice and humble will get in the way of advancement, but you must be true to yourself. Authenticity is key to succeeding in your own life. However, it is not a lack of humility to express a desire to improve to your leaders. That is how you manage your career while maintaining your integrity.
When you make a leap in leadership and move to manage more, it is necessary to take on an adoption mind sent. An adoption mindset is built on the communication and understanding of caring for your team, leading with compassion, and treating them as individuals. Get to know them. Connect and let them know you really care.
Whether leading in the office or at home, there are parallels. You, as the leader, provide values, speak the truth, and provide wisdom and direction. As those under your leadership grow, give freedom for them to walk in what they have learned, and the space needed to grow. Don’t worry about being like everyone else; it may have served you well in high school, but now you will benefit from standing out.
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“How you treat people and what you say to people and how you say it to them can have a lifelong effect.” MR
An MBA can lead to a promotion and a bigger salary in the corporate world. But if you run your own business, do you need an MBA?
In the two years between my time as a park ranger and launching my own business, I went back to school to get an MBA. Now, nine years later, I look back and consider if an MBA has given me an advantage as an entrepreneur.
Reasons Not to Get an MBA
-Student loans can limit your opportunities.
-Time and money spent getting an MBA could instead be used to become an expert in one thing, and being an expert can create more opportunities than higher education.
-Nobody cares if you have an MBA. They care about the results you can create for them. People want to know you have the solution to their problem, not your educational background.
-Experience and exposure as an entrepreneur can be more valuable than education.
-You can learn more from a mentor than from a textbook.
-You can learn more specific targeted knowledge from the right conference or course.
Reasons to Get an MBA
-Getting an MBA is a long, arduous process. You will build a lot of confidence if you can stick with it and do the hard work it takes to graduate.
-You will become a big picture problem solver, and you can see the entire puzzle of a problem and understand all aspects of a business.
-There are situations where the credibility of an MBA will open doors for you. Having an MBA signals you understand a business before you even enter the room.
All things considered, no, you don't need an MBA to be a successful entrepreneur. Instead, you need to focus on being yourself and becoming an expert in your work. Find the right conferences to attend and groups to be a part of.
I try to make two or three solid connections with people when I attend live events. I want to spend enough time with those people where we keep in touch after the event.
To make good connections, you can't be the person who shows up slinging out business cards like a blackjack dealer. And you won't make an impression on people if all you do is talk about yourself.
Use these Ten Tips to make connections at Live Events
Instead of asking, "How are you?" ask, "How is your day going so far?" This can be a good one when you only have a moment or two with someone. It can be an excellent way to get a quick insight into the person in front of you.
Ask, "How do you know (mutual connection)?" If you have been paying attention, you should know you and the person you are talking to have a mutual connection. Ask how they know the person. Often, there is a good story attached.
Find a common interest. Maybe you are both wearing the same kind of shoes. Perhaps you overheard their conversation and learned they are a St. Louis Blues fan. Find the first common interest you can and begin the conversation there.
Do your homework. If there will be someone at the event you know you want to meet, do your homework before you get there. Find out more about them and have questions you want to ask. Or discover your common interest before you meet them.
Ask, "What brought you to this event?" You may get a good story. And it will lead you towards something to talk about.
Use a question instead of a comment. You can expect " thanks " if you say "nice earrings," you can expect "thanks." If you say, "where did you get those earrings" you can expect a story. It can be a good way to start a conversation.
Instead of asking, "What do you do?" ask, "What are you working on?" If you ask what someone is working on, you will get to hear about something they are excited about. If you ask what they do, you might get a simple answer about their job. If you want to know what someone is about, find out what they are working on. It may be writing a book or building a fire pit in their backyard, but you can be sure they are excited about the work.
Ask "Where are you from?" This is always a great conversation starter. Perhaps you have been to their hometown, which leads to a conversation. If not, ask about their town. Most people like to talk about where they are from.
Ask, "If you weren't here, where would you be?" You might find out about their family, or you may find out they love to fish. Either way, you will learn something about them.