When Teams Are Not Accountable

Commitment, Accountability, Culture of Trust, Dysfunctional Teams, Trust, Lack of Trust, Avoid Confrontation, Disengagement, Ask Question, Be Curious, Invite Dialogue, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

Commitment and accountability of team members is an area that challenges many of leaders that I work with. They stumble when contemplating how to have an effective, productive conversation regarding the lack of accountability of a team member. It often starts with ‘I trust you but….’ and then goes into repetitious conversation around expectations not […]

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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?

Team, Dysfunctional, Functional, Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, Results, Vulnerability, Feedback, Authenticity, Integrity, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

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

Authentic, Leader, Self-Aware, Core, Principles, Feedback, Perspectives, Trust, Respect, Connect, Credibility, Freedom, Flexibility, Accept Blame, Accountability, Insights, Character, Mindful, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

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

Authentic, Credibility, Leader, Genuine, Core Alignment, Trust, Core Values, Purpose, Vulnerability, Candor, Honesty, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

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

Authentic, Authentic Leader, Self-Aware, Trust, Respect, Humility, Awareness, Connection, Value, Seek Feedback, Listen, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

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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Becoming the Authentic Leader
Your People Need

Leader, Inside Out, Authentic, Trust, Hope, Vision, Assurance, Compassion, Well-being, Self-aware, Respect, Connect, Credibility, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

As we think about and talk about leading from the inside out we see that when leader, like you, slow down enough to focus on what it means and what it takes to lead from the inside out you become more authentic. When what you say, how you say it and the actions you take […]

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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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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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How to Find Your Leadership Purpose

Stories, Common Thread, Major Themes, Coach, Mentor, Purpose Statement, Essence, Action, Build Trust, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

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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