Marlys Hanson is a Managing Director of SIMA International based in California. Her practice focuses on consulting with organizations to put talent management at the top of the agenda, coaching managers for their critical roles in developing talent, and preparing individuals to better manager their careers. She is author of the book Passion and Purpose: How to Identify the Powerful Patterns That Shape Your Work/Life, and is a 30+ year seasoned guru of the System for Identifying Motivated Abilities assessment process.
Managing Our Limitations: What do we mean by limitations, and how do they differ from one’s strengths? This segment captures why it is important to recognize and manage our limitations so they do not turn into detractors or deficiencies. Marlys suggests a variety of ways to do so, including: teaming with others who are more motivated or gifted than we are to do a given task; learn how to delegate or train someone who is the right match; develop a routine, structure or schedule to self-coach; change or reframe how we think about a task, situation or relationship to allow us to be successful.
A Successful Career Transition Case Study, SIMA Style: A 25-year veteran of the aerospace/defense industry, Margaret leveraged the SIMA process to successfully transition to a commercial product company. She accepted an assignment that matches her passion for quality execution through data integrity. Margaret was able to clearly portray her value proposition via her resume and cover letters, plus select and advise influential professionals on how to best represent her during reference checks, speaking to “who she really is” vs. merely describing what she has done.
A Successful Job Re-crafting Case Study, SIMA Style: Long Nguyen has been an IT engineer for over ten years plus built an additional income stream via real estate holdings. His company recently invested in a “Coaching for Career Development” workshop for all supervisors, with participants completing the SIMA experience to first enhance their self-awareness, and then focus on their employee coaching skills. As a result, Long moved to a challenging new project management role consistent with his passion to overcome and prevail, and be unique and outstanding in anything he takes on.
Five-to-Nine Life Changes, SIMA Style: Companies leverage the System for Identifying Motivated Abilities to offer employees a deeper understanding of themselves and colleagues, leading to stronger relationships to impact business results. David describes himself as something between a generalist and a “serial specialist,” and would prefer NOT to know what he wants to be when he grows up – although he has been with his global manufacturing company for 20 years, progressing to Senior VP of Supply Chain Management. The firm invested in SIMA for over 50 of their leaders, and low and behold the experience has moved David to make profound changes in his “5 to 9 life.”
Lifelong Learning in Libraries: Special guest Annie Norman, State of Delaware Librarian, discusses lifelong learning with Marlys and Zara – all purposeful activity undertaken on an ongoing basis to improve our skill, knowledge, and competency. It is a more holistic view of education, and recognizes learning in and from many different environments. A significant change movement is underway in the US Library System, including redefining the profession of librarians. SIMA is playing a role. With a more user-centric focus, leaders are shifting to open accessibility of on-line resources and enabling innovation for networking and knowledge transfer, in addition to being stewards of collections and disseminating books, periodicals and reference materials.
The He Does/She Does of Effective Leadership, SIMA Style: Top leaders’ most important and strategic decision is to identify and position the talents of those who make the organization work. It is often easier to understand what a candidate has accomplished than to recognize how he or she accomplished the task. By far the how is more important in hiring decisions than the what in predicting success. A recent study conducted by SIMA International of 100 men and 100 women leaders identified an over 85% similarity across over 300 motivated behaviors between genders, a finding contrary to the popular business press that typically focuses on differences and stereotypes. Forget the forest – examine the tree, the individual, for best fit opportunities.
Supervisor as Coach, Getting Beyond the Role of Task Master: Special guest, Elias, is a relatively new supervisor of a diverse group of specialized technical professionals. After over 30 years as an individual contributor computational analysis expert, he has turned his passion for excelling and being the best to doing so through others. Elias’ commitment to coaching in light of how he is personally motivated to engage with his teammates has enabled him to balance getting the work done AND simultaneously match them to the right tasks to ensure both the project and their individual career success.
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