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Interview Questions

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What makes you a leadership breakthrough expert? 

“I have worked for 25+ years with leaders in Fortune 500 companies – helping them to succeed and thrive. I have also invested the time to research the development of success steps and processes – and had the opportunity to see those steps achieve sustained results. ”

2. Give me an example of your best success story?

Cindy: “An executive contacted me because he had been out of work for about 9 months. He had already worked through and ‘finished’ his outplacement package and felt demoralized about his search. He was desperate to turn things around. Outplacement firm had worked with him to develop a strong primary message, but hadn’t gone further. I met with him and developed a strategy focused on his secondary messages – the level below ‘what’ he said.

He was ‘leaking’ information about his attitude into his interactions about how demoralized and frustrated he felt, making him appear less confident and credible. Using video tape we worked together to demonstrate how he was coming across, the changes he needed to make… he aced his next interview – got an offer and accepted before Xmas!

Out of work for over 9 months with nothing… 3 sessions, 3 weeks to a job. 

3. What are the greatest barriers to success as a leader today?

Cindy: “So many mixed signals on what ‘success’ truly means. Most people don’t take the time to truly determine what their personal definition of success is and therefore they spin their wheels living to someone else’s vision… and then never feel ‘successful’. “

4. Why is leadership important?

Cindy: “Leadership is critical to an organization’s success and yet few organizations are truly cultivating and rewarding it. When you consider the key elements that define great companies …strong and defined leadership is always present. If you want people to work toward a common goal then it is not enough to be able to state clearly what that goal is… you need someone who is able to share it, who is able to make people see it, believe it, feel it, want it, someone who is able to show ‘how’ to go about getting it. A leader doesn’t have to have all of the answers, but they have to encourage and reward people for going out and getting ‘em.

5. Who are your hero’s and why?

Cindy: “ The Underdogs – of anything or anyone who has a come-from-behind story. If they have ‘overcome’ then they know what it takes to succeed. They have faced a pivotal moment in their lives and made a conscious choice to be and do and have different. It doesn’t matter how big or small these choices seem – they are hero moments and should be recognised as such. “

6. Why have you gravitated towards leadership training?

Cindy: “Partly because of my own personal development in this area. I saw myself as too shy, too introverted etc. to be a ‘leader’ and therefore I cast myself as a ‘follower’ and spent many years simply following. However, it didn’t always ‘fit’. Certainly there were times when I wanted to follow, times where I didn’t know the next step … but there were other times that I did know more, did have better skills and recognised that I was not only cheating myself by not stepping forward and not only helping myself but also those around me. 

I believe that everyone is a leader – just not necessarily at all times or situations. But… that in coming to recognise our capacity to lead we begin to discover strengths within ourselves that might have otherwise gone untapped. It opens us to discovering many latent skills and abilities – helping us to add value, increases our competitive advantage and our marketability, not to mention our personal level of growth and satisfaction. “

7. What is the difference between a good leader and a great leader?

Cindy: “A good leader works with and through others to get things done. A great leader works with and through others to achieve results far beyond what others would have done otherwise. Perhaps this means that ‘great’ leaders have vision. Certainly if you look at some characteristics of ‘great”, vision is the key element.”
8. Describe your 3 V’s strategy?

Cindy: “The 3 V’s refer to the three ways in which we communicate that (when combined) determine the actual takeaway message of our audience. Certainly the first V – Verbal – is where most people focus. The second V is Vocal and the third V is the Visual element. Again… these areas of communication constitute the core of our communications to others.  The strongest message that we can deliver is one in which all three V’s are saying the same thing. The more consistent our messaging the more credible we will be and the more memorable our message."
9. Is there a difference in how we see ourselves and how others see us?

Cindy: “We ‘see’ ourselves through a framework made of our self-beliefs, our history, the stories we tell ourselves about others… We have numerous filters. Others see us and interpret our actions/behaviours/words against their own filters. They will never be the same. The best we can hope for is to have the gap be as narrow as possible."

10. List three things each of us can do to become better leaders?

Cindy: “First - study other successful leaders – people you admire. What did/do they do? Do that. Second - be clear about choosing a path that is meaningful to you – not the one that others want for you. You will always work harder, longer, more joyfully on something that has meaning to you than on something that is simply meaningful to someone else and finally surround yourself with other leaders. It’s hard to create the mindset you need to lead and succeed if you are not surrounded by that same kind of positive energy."

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