My recent teaching experience in Vietnam and China was not just about imparting knowledge, but also about personal growth. It was inspiring to see my students embrace new ideas and apply them in their everyday lives. This journey of learning and self-improvement is what makes us better humanistic leaders, contributing to a more harmonious and tolerant world.

A collective world

The best path to a sustainable world is working together in harmony at all levels between all people to build a peaceful world. The mindset of humanistic leadership is placing people first.

career as a brand

Do you have a career brand?

Part 1:

A career brand is a unique combination of your skills, experiences, and values that defines your professional identity.

It serves as a powerful tool for integrating your individuality into your career journey.

A career brand lets you show your uniqueness, niche, and expertise.

A career brand is not just a label, it’s a passport to empowerment. It’s portable, allowing you to take it with you wherever you go. In an organization, it empowers you to think like an entrepreneur, to continue developing your skills, and to become known for specific ideas, skills, and contributions that showcase your expertise. This adaptability of a career brand ensures its relevance and longevity in your professional journey, empowering you to shape your own path.

Of course, if you have a work portfolio life where you work for many  organizations, your career brand enables you to market your expertise in a particular niche.

The opposite of a career brand is just a job; with a job comes various activities that only sometimes support a career brand. First, you can get fired from a job, have your job changed in the organization, learn new skills, work on activities that don’t interest you, or take advantage of your abilities, interests, and what you enjoy. These are some of the challenges you may face when developing a career brand, but with the right mindset and strategies, they can be overcome.

When just starting, it may feel like you have a job, but how you cultivate a career brand in your mind will make a difference in your path. To develop a solid career brand, start by identifying your unique skills and experiences. Then, consider how these align with your interests and values. Next, research the market to understand where your brand can add value. Finally, start to frame a persona that people will know you for.
These days, I call myself an educator, author, speaker, and leadership coach. It fits me and what I like to do. I could do these activities for one organization or many. My career brand is portable, empowering me to shape my professional journey.

During the Dot-Com Era, I was part of the group of founders of the first e-commerce company. My focus, as I called it, was building a place in Cyberspace, which I even trademarked. This was my career brand, and it defined my professional journey. Today, I teach some e-commerce classes, and that career brand of an internet digital community expert has long passed. This is just one example of how a career brand can evolve and adapt over time.

Do you have a career brand? Part 2:

Embrace the freedom to explore different career brands. It’s like trying on various shirts, seeing how they fit and look on you, and paying attention to how others react to your new look. This freedom opens up new possibilities, allowing you to discover what truly resonates with you and to craft a career that aligns with your passions and strengths.

Don’t wait for the perfect moment, now is the time to start building your career brand. It’s about crafting your expertise around what you love to do, and it’s a journey that starts with a single step. So, take that step today and start shaping y our professional journey.

calm leader

The Humanistic leader is calm

The Humanistic leader is calm, but this does not mean they are passive. Calm leadership is about maintaining composure and emotional stability, while still actively guiding and supporting the team.

As a leader aspiring to embody the principles of humanistic leadership, maintaining a calm demeanor is not just a personal trait, but a crucial aspect of your role. Your calmness sets the tone for the entire team, fostering a positive work environment and encouraging others to follow suit.

Even during difficult and stressful times, it is essential to shield your followers from external turmoil, enable people to focus but be relaxed, and work collaboratively. For instance, you could remain calm and composed during a crisis, reassuring your team and guiding them toward a solution. Staying calm means always being peaceful, working in harmony with others, and being happy for others and their progress. As a humanistic leader, it is essential to be detached as needed, neutral, objective, and often quiet, which can ensure quality critical thinking time.

When a leader maintains a calm demeanor, it has a profound impact on their followers. They feel less stressed, less nervous, and more trusting. This trust breeds confidence and courage, empowering them to explore new ideas without fear of retribution. In humanistic leadership, your calmness is not just a personal trait, but a gift to your team, creating a safe and supportive environment where everyone can thrive.

For individuals and organizations to thrive, it’s not just beneficial, but crucial to embrace the principles of calm leadership. By fostering collaboration and harmony, we create an environment that is not only sustainable but also inspiring and motivating, leading to the collective success of the organization.