Saturday, June 16, 2007

Tulsa's Young Professional Organization

The Tulsa Chamber has put together a very good initiative to retain and attract young talent in the Tulsa area. Here is some information about the program.

Read more here: Tulsa Area Chamber's Young Professional Program.

TYPros Goals

Giving Tulsa's Young Professionals a voice ... A voice in our community. A voice in the business community. And ultimately, a voice in our future. Tulsa's Young Professionals is a quality group of diverse young professionals working together to showcase Tulsa as a cool place to live, work and play. The mission of TYPros is to retain and attract young talent, while focusing on fostering the next generation of leadership. TYPros provides its members with opportunities to get in front of and build relationships with local community and business leaders.

Not only does TYPros give young professionals a voice - it gives them an outlet for affecting change in the Tulsa community. TYPros seeks to work hand-in-hand with current community and business leaders to learn from their experiences and to create a young professional-friendly atmosphere.

TYPros objectives include:

• Focus on attracting and retaining young talent
• Develop, enable and educate Tulsa's next generation of leadership
• Work to make Tulsa a great place to live, work and play for young professionals
• Showcase Tulsa as a dynamic community to young professionals
• Address issues affecting this demographic and work to find solutions

Nine work crews have been established, each working towards different goals. These work crews include:

Marketing Tulsa
Purpose: to market the Tulsa region to young professionals in Oklahoma and in competing metro regions.

Purpose: to greet new members at social events, making them feel welcomed as well as serving as ambassadors of Tulsa, promoting Tulsa to interested parties, including companies or individuals. This crew also leads membership efforts for TYPros.

Purpose: To make Tulsa a destination city for the best and brightest entrepreneurs in the United States, thus revitalizing Tulsa’s passion for creativity, intellectual capital and job creation.

Next Generation Leadership
Purpose: To develop strategies to promote leadership opportunities and education for young professionals.

Government Relations
Purpose: To identify and address issues that affect young professionals, through working cooperatively with the City of Tulsa, Tulsa County and surrounding communities.

Purpose: To identify opportunities to promote and encourage diversity and tolerance in the region, as well as the organization.

Colleges & Universities
Purpose: To develop strategies to promote Tulsa and TYPros to local college and university students.

Special Events
Purpose: To develop and execute special events for TYPros members, leadership and advisory council.

Business Attraction
Purpose: To develop strategies to promote young professional- friendly aspects of Tulsa through the current business-attraction activities in the city.

Friday, June 15, 2007

A Game Plan for Retaining Talent

I would guess employers in your are working hard to retain the talent they have and reruit new. This article might offer some ideas.

The flight of key talent and low recruitment rates have become disturbing trends across almost all industries during the last decade, but the war for talent will become increasingly intense due to the shrinking workforce talent pool. While many signs of this phenomenon are visible in the electric utility industry, the full brunt of the crisis is yet to be felt. Many utilities are thriving today, but their workforce management and retention processes are not. A Conference Board survey of utilities outlined three key challenges for the industry: recruiting young talent, creating incentives for baby-boomers to stay beyond their retirement, and finding ways to pass critical knowledge from one generation to the next.

Read more at BNet. (Free registration is required to download the full Deloitte document)

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Quotes on Self-Knowledge

To lead others, we must know ourselves. Here are my top five self-knowledge quotes:

“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” Source: Unknown

“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.” --August Wilson

“The final mystery is oneself.” --Oscar Wilde

“We're constantly being told what other people think we are, and that's why it is so important to know yourself.” --Sarah McLachlan

“The first step toward finding God, Who is Truth, is to discover the truth about myself: and if I have been in error, this first step to truth is the discovery of my error.” --Thomas Merton

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Leadership Skills & Style Test

Click on this link to take'a leadership skills and styles self-test. (100 questions but interesting).

Queendom is a subsidiary of PsychTests AIM Inc., a high-tech psychometric company that develops a suite of products and services centered around its extensive battery of psychological assessments. PsychTests AIM Inc. provides psychometric services and related products to therapists, students, researchers, professors, marketers and human resources professionals.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Why Leaders Fail

Everyone wants to know what helps leaders' succeed. But why do leaders fail? It's important to know these reasons. Here are six top reasons.

1. Shift in focus.
2. Poor communication.
3. Risk aversion.
4. Ethics slip.
5. Poor self-management.
6. Lost love.

Read this excellent article by Mark Sanborn here.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Geeks and Geezers: A Must Read

Harvard Business School Press has thankfully reissued Geeks and Geezers by Warren Bennis and Robert Thomas, as a paperback titled, Leading for a Lifetime: How Defining Moments Shape Leaders of Today and Tomorrow. The focal point here is growth. The kind of growth that comes from working through and finding meaning in what they term the crucibles of our life—places or experiences from which one extracts meaning, meaning that leads to new definitions of self and new competencies that better prepare one for the next crucible.

"The ability to learn is a defining characteristic of being human; the ability to continue learning is an essential skill of leadership. When leaders lose that ability, they inevitably falter. When any of us lose that ability, we no longer grow."

Source: LeadershipNow Blog

Sunday, June 10, 2007


Leadership Research: Where to Start

If I was charged with identifying key leaders in an industry, geographic area, or field, where would I start? I would go to Leadership Directories Online Service. And yes, it is expensive, but it is the best information out there.

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Leadership Directories publishes fourteen Yellow Books, each a specialized directory of a particular area of American activity. As a whole, the collection is known as The Leadership Library®, a unique database of nearly a half million leaders at over 40,000 organizations. The information contained in this database is available to its subscribers in print, online, on demand, and as lists or datafeeds. Leadership Directories content may also be accessed through distribution partnerships with select technology and content companies. Changes to The Leadership Library® are verified and updated daily on the Internet by its staff of editors.