Leadership Axioms

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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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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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Executive Coaching : The Imperative

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It takes courage to lead effectively. It requires a level of vulnerability that many of us are not comfortable with, yet it has become a necessity. By helping me fully claim where I am strong, using the Strengths Strategy model has led me to be more confident in naming, being open to and vulnerable in […]

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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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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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Restore Trust with A Good Apology

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‘If you’re going to do it, do it right or don’t do it at all.’ This old adage applies so aptly to the Art of Apologizing. If you are not apologizing for the right reasons or with an open heart it may be best not to approach the apology until you can get there. More damage […]

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Effective and Sincere Apologies

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We live in a culture that often sees failure as a personal – ‘I am a failure because xxxx happened’ vs ‘I failed when I let xxxx happen.’ When we keep this perspective, failing and making mistakes is about being human. We fail, we learn from our failures, we get up, do better and move […]

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The Wrong Way to Apologize at Work

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In my last series I focused on how people perceive what we say or do. Sometimes, what we say or do is an innocent mistake and sometimes we have simply messed up. In either case it serves us to know how to apologize. Many people apologize in a manner that seems to add insult to […]

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