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What is it about feedback that can feel so bad? Just the word makes us cringe.  Unfortunately, many of our experiences with getting feedback haven’t been pleasant or productive; so we avoid giving it and detest getting.  Helping develop others is a fundamental skill of leadership - yet we practice it annually or monthly –… Read the full post

February in Texas shows signs that spring is in the air – red buds in deep pink buds bursting on branches and bright green grass pushing through brown winter grass. On top of this season are Valentine’s commercials showing clingy couples exchanging gifts and …my personal favorite are pastures blanketed soon in wild flowers dodging wobbly… Read the full post

I was pleased to read in Forbe’s 2018 recent report “America’s Best Employers for Women” that two Houston energy companies were included - each with well over 23,000 employees.  Having worked as a leadership coach and consultant in the energy industry for years, I’m grateful for the gains made as women fill more boardrooms and… Read the full post

Some say that attitude is everything – mix it with an ample portion of skills, IQ and EQ and attitude accelerates performance. We think of attitude as ‘contagious’ – whether positive or negative – we know it spreads. Lou Holtz, inspirational coach of six champion teams and inductee to the USA College Football Hall of… Read the full post

Humans have a need to cooperate that runs back to our ancestors, when to be isolated would mean death. Second to individual survival is the importance of tribal survival, which depends on a mutual feeling of dependency and commitment among a group. Despite our self-centric tendencies, human beings are uniquely designed to thrive through shared… Read the full post

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 organizational… Read the full post

Gratitude Matters

Feeling grateful supports many of our best capabilities and qualities. Especially when gratitude translates to actions that are good for relationships and the world around us, its potency is compounded. Gratitude and the related emotions of appreciation and thankfulness have been experienced for as long as humans have gazed at the cosmos, celebrated the sunrise… Read the full post

Resilient, motivated and a complex thinker - these were just a few of the qualities listed on the assessment report of an executive I was coaching. Additionally, input from peers added ‘enterprise thinker, strategic leader, decisive, calm in chaos, situationally astute and dedicated’ to the list. Armed with these capabilities, when asked at an initial… Read the full post

Recently, I was puzzled when a senior leader mentioned they saw the most formidable risk to achieve the company’s exponential growth was to successfully re-engage the remote workforce. Having weathered layoffs and a reorganization they were well-positioned for growth. Why did their lens zoom in on this human element as a risk for immediate growth… Read the full post

The best employees are the ones who want to learn and improve both their skills and themselves. A passion for learning is something that, on the whole, Millennials have in spades. Many publications consider them to be almost overeducated! Those kinds of dismissive thoughts and opinions are frankly ridiculous. Who doesn’t want a well-educated, well-rounded… Read the full post

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