The Inner Core of Leaders :
The Tension of Two Selves

Voices, Inner Critic, Gremlin, Saboteur, Negative Messages, Self 1, Ego, Self 2, Wise One, Awareness, Trust, Choice, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

Each of us has experience with that voice in our heads. Also referred to the Inner Critic, the Gremlin, or the Saboteur, it’s that voice in our head that stands in the way of our greatness and our possibility. It doesn’t matter what you call it but it is important that you recognize it for […]

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Success Through Mindful Reflection

Mindful, Reflection, Awareness, Leadership Habit, Grounded, Core Values, Purpose, Social Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, Self-Knowledge, Self-Awareness, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, leadership coach

Recently, I had a conversation with a client who’s Strengths, for the most part, fall into the task domains of Strategic Thinking and Executing. Early in our relationship, I offered an exercise to help them identify and name their core values and a sense of purpose. I invited them to pick a stone from the […]

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Up Your Inner Game of Leadership

Inner Game, Leadership Development, Growth Mindset, Character Strengths, Performance Goals, Learning Goals, Refine Your Goals, Strengthen Your Inner Game, Inner Leadership, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

What would radical self-focus look like? What are the possibilities that could emerge from radical self-focus? I propose that pausing and taking a serious deep dive into understanding yourself through building your strengths intelligence could build your capacity as a leader and produce results that you can deliver. In turn, with your new strengths knowledge, […]

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The Inner Mindset of an Effective Leader

Inner Game, Leadership Development, Growth Mindset, SMART Goals, Learning Goals, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

There’s a saying: What you focus on expands. What you focus on is also integrated into your mindset. Foundational in your character, your mindset is a lens through which you believe, judge and act. Do you examine, challenge or stretch your mindset? Do you settle for living the status quo? Do you believe you can […]

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The Battle of the Voices in Your Head

Inner Game, Leadership Development, Self 1, The Big Ego, The Voice in Your Head, Self 2, Wise, Authentic, Nonjudgmental Awareness, Awareness, Trust, Choice, Know Your Strengths, Develop Strengths Intelligence, Know Yourself, Self-Awareness, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

There are times when we have to do things that do not fall in our strengths wheelhouse but they need tending to. In these times, I’ve found that I am most vulnerable to self-doubt, which gives way to the Voice In My Head, the Saboteur, the Inner Critic or the Gremlin to play with my thoughts. The […]

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Coach the Inner Game. Do You Lead with the Right Stuff?

Inner Game, Leadership Development, Core Values, Character, Strengths, Focused Attention, No Judgment, Observe Behavior, Nonjudgmental Partner, Know Your Strengths, Develop Strengths Intelligence, Know Yourself, Self-Awareness, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

How does one’s character develop? We commonly think of character development as deriving from things like early childhood experiences, modeling by important adults in our lives, the environment and culture in which we were raised, school and our religious affiliations – along with our free will. As I dive deeper into my personal strengths, I see […]

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Strengths and The Inner Game of Leadership

Inner Game, Leadership Development, Core Values, Character, Strengths, Values, Courage, Conviction, Reflection, Wisdom, Self-Knowledge, Social Intelligence, Solid Personal Values, Know Your Strengths, Develop Strengths Intelligence, Know Yourself, Self-Awareness, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

My coaching practice focuses on ‘who you are as a leader’ vs ‘what you do as a leader’. There are many talented consultants, workshops and webcasts that are completely focused on ‘what you do as a leader’ – focused on the bottom line. In my 16 years of coaching leaders I’ve found that, while you […]

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Why Know Your Strengths?

Self-Knowledge, Feedback, Unique Contribution, Personal Career Passion, Sustain Career Passion, Loss of Career Passion, Values and Purpose, Innate Strengths, Core Strengths, Acquired Strengths, Purpose, Coaching for Passion, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership

I was reminded, again, during a conversation with a friend and colleague of how we each have a unique constellation of strengths that show up and work together to be in service of the greater good for all. Each of you bring a unique constellation of strengths to contribute in service of your dream. Your […]

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Mining for Passion

Personal Career Passion, What’s Next, Sustain Career Passion, Loss of Career Passion, Midlife Crisis, Values and Purpose, Innate Strengths, Core Strengths, Acquired Strengths, Purpose, Coaching for Passion, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership

All too often I meet with people who have unconsciously fallen into living their life on automatic pilot, doing what is expected of them because they feel obligated. It’s easy to forget what brings us joy and satisfaction in our work and our life. People talk about feeling trapped or stuck in their professions. We […]

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Personal Passion : Exploring ‘What’s Next?’

Personal Career Passion, What’s Next, Sustain Career Passion, Loss of Career Passion, Midlife Crisis, Purpose, Coaching for Passion, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership

You wake up one day and feel like you’re in a dead zone. You’re going through the motions, doing what is expected of you, doing the ‘right thing’ but not feeling the satisfaction that you once did. You panic a bit and ask, now what? This gradual and insidious loss of passion or purpose in […]

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