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The Heart of Leadership

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Despite our self-centric tendencies, human beings are uniquely designed to thrive through shared effort and belonging. More importantly, humans need to belong and feel they matter – and it’s vital that leaders embody this in their daily behaviors so that it infuses a culture of high performance. Gallup documented these roots of our nature in…

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Emotional Intelligence – a Lens for Leadership

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Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to understand your emotions and use this ability to manage your behaviors and relationships.  Leaders with higher EQ are better equipped for making wise decisions under pressure and rapid change. EQ is a lens that great leaders use to strengthen awareness and influence others – for positive personal and…

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Gratitude Matters

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Being Grateful is a Gift that Pays it Forward for you, and For Others The word Gratitude is derived from the Latin root word gratus – or that for which we feel thankful. It is distinct from a sense of satisfaction from personal accomplishment. To feel grateful acknowledges that something bigger than ourselves is involved when good comes our way. Things like love,…

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The Fear Factor – Make Friends

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“I’m afraid.” I was intrigued. What fears surrounded her many strengths and possibilities? I’d heard these words voiced before by others with similarly stunning business performance and opportunities. Being afraid of our dreams is human. Our aspirations show up as the dream most desired and the dream most dreaded. The paradox can stem from a…

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Runaway Mind Train

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Assumptions We all have them, and we tend to transfer those assumptions onto unfamiliar faces, unknown situations, and outcomes that we feel are uncontrollable. I totally get that. I catch myself doing this all the time.  Today, for example. I awoke this morning planning to go in for my annual and routine blood tests. This…

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What Millennials Still Want to Learn

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What do Millennials want to learn and what can you teach them? In the past, large amounts of resources were spent to make sure that the entire office was computer literate. But Millennials are the first generation to really grow up with the internet, so they are already e-fluent! So what do they want? Studies…

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Goal Setting: What’s Possible?

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Goal Setting To achieve this possibility, how will I move towards it? What might be different when it happens? What is this worth to me/us? Who, or what comes with us, and what respectfully needs to be left behind? Who or what is needed? For us? For any new stakeholders? Assess if actions are moving…

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Bill Benjamin on the Science of Performing Under Pressure – Inside Quest

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Science of Performing Under Pressure: Bill Benjamin has a rare perspective – he has advanced degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science and has 25 years of real-world business experience as a senior leader. Bill is very authentic about the fact that he struggled early in his career as a leader when he was under pressure.…

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Leaders in Organizations as Living Systems

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Organization as a Living System In a recent article shared by one of my favorite weekly newsletters by Sustainable Brands, writer Giles Hutchins brilliantly described an economy of the future and the form of organizations in it. I’m excited to coach leaders who’re helping pioneer these “living systems” into the 21st century! Hutchins observes that…

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Leadership: Be the Shoulders on Which Others Stand

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If I have seen further, it is only because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Sir Isaac Newton One of the greatest scientific rivalries of the modern era produced this, one of the best-known quotes in history. Sir Isaac Newton, the man who discovered gravity, and Robert Hooke, a genius polymath, were…

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How Millennials Can Mentor Senior Leaders

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Mentoring For years, mentoring has meant that a senior manager or executive would take a younger employee under their wing and teach them the ins and outs of the business. This is still an essential practice that imparts valuable knowledge to the next generation. However, in today’s business world, the system requires a little tweaking.…

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What Millennials Know But Don’t Yet Realize

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Millennials are the Future! Due to a number of factors such as the job market, the housing market, the dating scene, and the media constantly telling them they are lazy, Millennials have trouble seeing themselves in positions of authority and “adulthood.” They measure themselves against their parents who, in their 20s, were probably married with…

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