Can Dysfunctional Teams Become Functional?

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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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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 are Self-Aware

Authenticity, Legacy, Authentic Leader, Self-Aware, Confident Vulnerability, Awareness, Self-Improvement, Values, Vision, Affirmations, Assessment, Development Tools, Habits, Practices, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

When I reflect on Authenticity I think of the retirement celebration I attended for someone who had worked in the same office for 38 years. She experienced many obstacles, challenges and adversity in leadership during those 38 years, always handling everything with integrity and courage. Throughout the celebration I heard over and over again how […]

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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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Mindful Reflection and Busy

Mindful, Reflection, Busy, Mindfulness Meditation, Calm, Peace of Mind, Key Principles, Benefits, Vulnerability, Heart, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, leadership coach

I have been fascinated by Mindful Meditation for years and feel as if I have failed miserably at my practice of it in a formal, structured way. ‘Monkey Brain,’ that’s what I call it and I have it. I often have trouble shutting off my thoughts. However, I find that when I am gardening – […]

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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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