Coach the Inner Core.
Lead from the Inside Out.

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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 3rd Promise: Process and Execution

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During a call this morning with several Strength Strategy coaches we were discussing what makes the Strengths Strategy model so effective and unique. One coach said, “Strengths Intelligence is a universal language” and I thought, “That’s it!” For me, there is something about diving in deep with the Strengths Strategy model that is like coming […]

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Engage All Stakeholders : The second promise of effective leaders

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There is much written about the importance of feeling that there is meaning and purpose in our work. For those of you who have the Belief and/or Connectedness Strengths (like myself, whose Strengths are clustered in the Influencing and Relational domains) meaning, purpose and contribution to the greater good is a necessity in your life’s […]

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Effective leaders have a vision: Where are we going? For the sake of what are we doing this?

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Fully embracing both the challenge and opportunity to lead with your eyes wide open takes courage. No one feels fully prepared for the breath of responsibilities and skills that are needed to successfully lead people and serve the organization simultaneously — I’ve learned this in my work with talented leaders. There is an art and […]

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Recipe for a Great Holiday Season

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By this time of year, most of us have slid into our “busy” post-summer mode, believing that we must leave that laid-back summer routine behind us. But what if we continue to embrace that spirit of summer, what if we practice self-care throughout the holidays and into the New Year? How might our enjoyment of […]

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The Path to Improvement: Strengths or Weaknesses?

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Living from a Strengths Based perspective, I have found relief and freedom. I no longer focus on what needs fixing but rather how I can leverage my strengths to maximize my contributions and manage my weaknesses. Through applying my ‘Strengths Intelligence’ I have found more joy, more peace in my heart, more fulfillment and significantly […]

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Uncovering and Claiming Your Strengths: The Road to Self-Fulfillment

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I have used Gallup’s Strengthfinder in my coaching for the past 14 years with amazing results for my clients – I’m a fan. Now a Strengths Strategy Certified Coach, the Strengths Strategy training opened my eyes to a transformative depth and breath of understanding Strengths. I was blind to the complexities of my own strengths […]

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More Powerful Questions

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Asking powerful questions can change the course of a conversation with amazing results. When people feel important enough to be listened to they feel connected, they are more likely to be fully engaged with you, and appreciate the experience. You hold a lot of power and influence in how you chose to engage others. Perfecting the […]

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Great Conversations with 3 Powerful Questions

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Asking powerful questions is an art found in the simplicity of how we phrase a question. It requires thoughtfulness and practice. Being authentic and fully present is essential to having the impactful conversations. As with any new skill, play around with your powerful questions, wordsmithing them until they feel authentic to you. We learn by practicing, assessing results, tweaking […]

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Powerful Questions for Better Conversations

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In a conversation, do you remember the last time someone really focused on you? When they were genuinely curious about you? Do you remember how that felt? When others are curious about us – about who we are, what we’re interested in, what we think and what matters to us – we feel good. We […]

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