Building Connection in Divided Times

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Diversity and inclusion are words we hear a lot – and the lack of them is always evident when tolerance wears thin during election season. Elections are one way of exercising the gift of freedom we receive as citizens of the US.  I respect all citizens and their right to vote, no matter how their…

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Vulnerability and the Courage to Change

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After a 10 hour day of back-to-back meetings, I realized I’d left behind some highly confidential client documents in a public place. Others could find, peruse and use the information to their advantage for a variety of reasons.  The feeling was crushing – I couldn’t breathe and wanted to vomit. It was as if I’d…

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Compartmentalize: A Tool of Leadership

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Compartmentalize.  We often associate the word with negative meanings such as the emotionally distant manager that blocks feelings, ignores experiences, and focuses only on what they want. It may have sounded heartless to explore how becoming skillful in this could help my client succeed in a new, stretch assignment that had the scope and complexity of…

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The Importance of Attitude

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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 Fame has said: Attitude unleashes the energy needed to approach tasks, situations, and relationships and is especially important the…

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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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EQ – 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 organizational…

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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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Leadership Challenge: To Engage or Exhaust?

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too little too late for an exhausted workforce that had kept things afloat during a prolonged downturn and why this – and why now? This often happens during the stress of a business transformation. Leaders shift their attention from human systems that are charged with emotion, to non-human assets where savings and efficiencies can be…

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What Millennials Still Want to Learn

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

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Leaders in Organizations as Living Systems

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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 organizations globally are undergoing a process of metamorphosis…

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