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Why ‘We’ is More Important Than ‘I’

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Navigating leadership styles and choosing your own

Amanda Kemsley, Account Manager

Throughout my career, I have experienced many different leadership styles and have been mentored by some incredible people. In knowing how much an effective leader can positively influence a team, it inspired me to attend a workshop focused on leadership training and communications tools for both personal and professional development.

I attended this workshop to understand how great leaders work to engage and motivate the people around them. As leadership is so impactful in many facets of life, it is an important skill for anyone to possess. As I continue developing this skill, I have learned that a good starting point is understanding your current leadership style (if you have one). Knowing your own attributes and limitations can help inform the areas you need improvement on. For example, identifying your three greatest strengths and your three strongest values gives you a look into how this affects your day-to-day life and in turn, how it is reflected in your leadership style both personally and professionally.

It is also important to be able to identify the values and strengths of others to help navigate their preferred leadership style and apply the necessary skills to inspire and motivate. Focusing on the negative areas can lead to only overcoming weaknesses instead of playing to our strengths.

Leadership is a learned behaviour and takes practice. Even some of the best leaders in the world are continually developing this skill. So, what qualities do successful leaders have? I asked a few of my colleagues to share what they believe makes a great leader:

  • “For me, what I think makes a great leader is someone who leads by example and is able to get their hands dirty and take responsibility. I also appreciate leaders who strive to push their employees to be their best and know the strengths and weaknesses of their team members so they can utilize them effectively and encourage employees to work on areas where they need improvement.”
  • “I find I work best with a leader who gives you the opportunity to grow and learn from your work and/or mistakes. If a leader in any part of your life, personal/professional always fixes your problems or just makes edits to work without seeing it as a teachable moment, then you’ll never learn from it. I also appreciate leaders who truly listen, who appreciate collaboration and feedback.”
  • “Leaders sometimes have to make some tough and lonely decisions that are carefully weighed out for the overall good of everyone. It’s like a symphony conductor who has their back facing the audience – they’re not concerned with seeking approval. They just intuitively lead, and they are fully invested in their team.”

It is important to note, that while we all work in the same organization, each response is quite different. A testament to the fact that leadership is not a one size fits all approach. However, you may have noticed one common aspect among the responses and that is for a leader to be team oriented. It goes to show that no matter the leadership style, the team always needs to remain a focus – which is why ‘we’ is more important than ‘I.’

As we approach the new year, I challenge you to identify your strengths and values, align yourself with them and use them to improve your leadership skills. Remember that leadership is an ongoing process but if we are operating at our best self, the result is always positive.

Amanda is an Account Manger at Brookline Public Relations. She has an insatiable appetite for exploring – ironically since she doesn’t like getting lost. She flourishes on bringing broad-minded, creative ideas to the table and trying things outside of the norm.

Behind-the-Mic with Beyond PR

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Jenna Hamilton, Account Coordinator

Podcasts are a powerful tool to increase an organization’s brand awareness, and they continue to gain popularity. They have the ability to capture your audience’s attention for an extended period of time, create a personalized experience for your listeners, share impactful stories, and position an organization as an industry leader. With these objectives in mind, Brookline decided to embark on the exciting adventure of launching its very own podcast, Beyond PR, this year. Here’s how we did it.

Research Phase

The Brookline team dedicated ample time to researching best practices, ensuring we had all the information we needed to successfully launch the podcast. As there are many elements to consider when recording, editing and launching an episode, Brookline tapped into the expertise of a Calgary-based podcast specialist. This was the best course of action for Brookline, as the studio provided the necessary recording equipment needed to achieve top sound quality.

Planning Phase

The most important question to ask when launching a podcast is “why?”. What are you hoping to achieve? Who is your audience? What stories do you want to tell? This was by far the most exciting phase of our podcast launch because the Brookline team was able to tap into their creative side and brainstorm a brand-new concept.

Here are some steps we followed when planning our podcast:

  1. Choose your topic: For Brookline, we wanted to connect with audiences beyond those in the public relations world (see where we got the name?). As one of Canada’s leading boutique public relations agencies, the Brookline team is fortunate to work with incredible individuals across the country and in diverse industries—each with a unique story to tell. With this in mind, the podcast goes beyond the typical to showcase inspiring stories from business and community leaders every month.

  2. Define your show and branding: The Brookline team unanimously voted to name the podcast Beyond PR, as it seamlessly communicated what we were trying to achieve (and played well off our agency acronym, BPR). Of course, it only made sense that our fearless leader Shauna MacDonald would be the podcast host, interviewing trailblazers in the Calgary community and beyond. From there, our in-house graphic designer developed a podcast logo that tied in perfectly with Brookline’s brand.

  3. Create a plan: In order to successfully launch a podcast, it is imperative to have a solid plan for how to roll out the first season. In March, Brookline celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) and created a video featuring some of the amazing female leaders that we are proud to know, work with and laugh with every day. To honour this major project and its stars, the team decided that season one of Beyond PR would feature different conversations with these game-changing women.

Launch Phase

With the Calgary Stampede around the corner, Brookline selected the 2019 Calgary Stampede Royalty to be Beyond PR’s first guests. We had the incredible opportunity to work with these women for the IWD video and it was exciting to tell their story.

Of course, to make a podcast launch successful you need a solid digital strategy. Brookline is fortunate to have an impressive in-house digital team that executes brilliant social media strategies and has great ideas to generate awareness of Beyond PR.

With all of these pieces in place, Beyond PR had a successful launch and created a solid foundation for future episodes.

Season One & Beyond

Now six episodes in, Beyond PR’s first season features several women who have shared their inspiring stories and journeys. Episode guests have included Jocelyn Laidlaw, CTV Calgary Senior News Anchor; Sara Austin, Founder & CEO of Children First Canada; Geneviève Simard, former Olympic Canadian alpine skier and current bad-ass helicopter pilot; and even Shauna MacDonald, Principal and Founder of Brookline, in our 15th anniversary special. If you want to check them out for yourself, you can listen on AnchorSpotifyApple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.  

Brookline is thrilled to be on this podcast journey and to provide a platform for these inspiring guests who make such an impact in Calgary and across Canada. Stay tuned for what the team has up their sleeve for season two of Beyond PR in 2020!

Jenna Hamilton is an Account Coordinator at Brookline Public Relations. Jenna has become well-versed in developing communications programs for a variety of clients and enjoys the versatility of the agency’s clientele, including real estate, consumer, sports and tourism. 

Brookline XV in the Making

Friday, November 22nd, 2019

Kirstin Lindquist, Graphic Design Intern

Brookline recently turned 15 and as an important milestone, this occasion was cause for celebration. With a dash of glam, we completely transformed Bridgette Bar and in Brookline fashion, no detail was spared!

Our #BrooklineXV party was not only a way to celebrate 15 years of incredible achievements, but truly a way to say thank you to our past and current clients, partners, media, influencers and friends! From a surprise performance by country super star Paul Brandt to laughs shared over cocktails, it was a night to remember.

Without taking the magic away, we want to give you a behind the scenes look at how it all came together and how we “brought our sparkle” to the special evening.

Here’s to the next 15 years!

Kirstin strives to ensure that companies are not only being noticed but also remembered. As a graphic designer she values the fusion of form and function to communicate brand values, establish growth and differentiate clients from their competition.