What Happens when Teams Avoid Conflict?

Teams, Groupthink, Strengths-based Culture, Fear of Conflict, Lack of Trust, Conflict, Confrontation, Criticism, Reprisal, Discomfort, Strengths Intelligence Culture, Productive Debate, Grow Trust, Consensus, Authentic, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

Working with executives and their teams is my privilege and honor. I’ve observed the best of courageous leaders who lean into conflict within their teams and experience amazing breakthroughs. I’ve also witnessed good leaders who avoid conflict and let the issues fester underground. Those issues are either pushed aside, leaving the team in ambiguity and […]

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Can Dysfunctional Teams Become Functional?

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Many leaders I work with discover that, when they promoted to a new leadership opportunity, they have inherited a troubled team. And they are now expected to fix it – making the team functional. Frequently, their new team is not interested in being fixed or functioning any differently than do currently. To further complicate leadership […]

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Earning Trust by being an Authentic Leader

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The leaders that I coach tend to be self-aware, heart-centered leaders. They’re committed to making a difference and to leading from a place of empowering others to be their very best by employing their Strengths at work. These leaders desire the best for their people and for the companies and institutions they work for. While […]

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Authentic Leaders Convey Credibility

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This week has been a whirlwind of lessons in authenticity. Observing and pondering conversations and circumstances through my Strengths Intelligence lens has reminded, me once again, how very different our individual common sense is because it is informed by our unique Strengths. When I step back from a situation and attempt to understand it through […]

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Authentic Leaders Engender Trust

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Being self-aware is not enough to be seen as authentic and to engender trust. I’ve learned this the hard way over the years. Through using the Strengths Strategy model and becoming self-aware through my Strengths lens, I’ve been inundated with insights on dimensions of my Strengths that I now recognize I need to monitor and […]

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Up Your Inner Game of Leadership

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We have been focusing on the necessity for and how to build and maintain your inner core. This is essential for aligned Sustainable Leadership. Sustainable Leadership is developing a leadership approach that is authentic to you and sustainable over the long term. It is about consciously engaging in a deeper relational understanding of one’s core […]

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The Mindset of an Effective Leader

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I find myself frequently being drawn back to and exploring the Growth Mindset, a concept that has been around for years. My Strengths lens attracts me to concepts and ideas that serve me in being more self-aware and improving myself. It’s the way I’m wired and it’s a never ending process. I am beckoned to […]

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Coach the Inner Core.
Lead from the Inside Out.

Reflection, Inner Core, Values, Purpose, Coaching, Leadership Development, Assessments, Relationship, Secure Environment, Non-Judgement, Communication, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

A coaching colleague of mine and I recently spent an afternoon examining, brainstorming, and developing meaningful leadership curriculum for a cohort of successful leaders who are dedicating a year to build their leadership capacity. Already successful technical leaders, our question is – how do we assist them in learning the value of reflecting on who […]

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The Pursuit of Authenticity

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My journey to realizing and claiming my authentic self, my voice, has felt like a bumpy and difficult process because I relied so much on feedback from others. I often felt misunderstood or that my authentic self was not okay — was there was something wrong with me? Then I came to learn about and […]

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How to Find Your Leadership Purpose

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Last week I had the opportunity to talk with two previous clients who were considering career opportunities. I was impressed that, in their discernment process, they were focused on what I call one’s Core Self – your core values, Strengths and purpose. It was great to hear that they had confidence, feeling they would be […]

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