Leadership Axioms

Situational, Observe, Understand, Situation Sensing, Nonhierarchical, All Levels, Relational, Social Construct, Something Bigger, Trust, Reflect, Confident Vulnerability, Interdependence, Confidence, Leadership Purpose, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

I found myself reflecting on leadership as I interacted with and watched my 18 month-old granddaughter play so lovingly with her babies. At only 18 months where did she learn to be so loving and tender to her baby dolls? Where did she learn to stand her ground while I was trying to influence her? […]

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Conversation Skills: Why Saying “Yes, and…,” Can Be Hard

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Saying “Yes, and…” is a developed skill. Turning it into a habit allows you to more readily be in service to others. You are not creating resistance to what you bring to the table. When we are not driving our own agenda nor sitting in judgement of another’s contributions our hearts and minds are open […]

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How Improv Comedy Helps Conversation Skills

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Practicing “Yes, and…” requires self-restraint in setting our agenda aside and being fully present in a conversation. Simultaneously, we need to have self-confidence in who we are and who we are not. It takes courage and vulnerability to show up as yourself, to be fully present, to listen deeply, to contribute where appropriate and to […]

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The First Rule of Improv Comedy

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An Improv course was one of the first courses I enrolled in after completing my coaches training. I sensed that I was a bit too serious and needed to lighten up to be a successful solo entrepreneur and speaker. I am confident that I can be warm and engaging and maybe a bit funny one […]

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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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Can We Plan For Happiness?

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Is it possible to plan on taking specific action steps to become happier? Do we find ourselves pouring effort into improving our circumstances from a narrow point of view, only to find that we’re not that much happier after all? The King of Bhutan, the last Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas, has decided that the best […]

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Achieve Success with Positive Communication

Positive, effective communication is the key to success in management. Use these six strategies to communicate effectively. 1. You can accept anything without agreeing with it. Therefore, simply acknowledge amazing requests and outrageous statements with responses such as: “That’s an interesting idea”, “That’s a novel request”, or “What an intriguing question”. Then, use this as […]

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Creating What You Dream About for Your Life (Part 2)

Clarity Before getting what we dream about we must first know what that is. This may seem obvious but it trips up even the most intelligent people right out of the gate. Take out a blank sheet of paper and write “My Dream Life” at the top. List everything you want to have, do, be […]

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Self Management: Are You Doing the Right Things? (part 4)

Focus for the Year, Plan Each Day Write down two or three goals you want to achieve at work. Then, write down two areas on which you want to focus in your personal life (i.e., family, sports, interests). Limit your list to five focal areas so you can realistically accomplish them. Most of your daily […]

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Self Management: Are You Doing the Right Things? (part 3)

Where Do You Want to Go? Answer the following questions so you can begin to design a successful plan, avoid drifting and ultimately reclaim your life: What are your strengths? Take a look at your life, work, proficiencies and the activities you enjoy. What are your weaknesses? What subjects or tasks do you naturally avoid? […]

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