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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Success Through Mindful Reflection

Mindful, Reflection, Awareness, Leadership Habit, Grounded, Core Values, Purpose, Social Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence, Self-Knowledge, Self-Awareness, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, leadership coach

Recently, I had a conversation with a client who’s Strengths, for the most part, fall into the task domains of Strategic Thinking and Executing. Early in our relationship, I offered an exercise to help them identify and name their core values and a sense of purpose. I invited them to pick a stone from the […]

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The Inner Mindset of an Effective Leader

Inner Game, Leadership Development, Growth Mindset, SMART Goals, Learning Goals, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

There’s a saying: What you focus on expands. What you focus on is also integrated into your mindset. Foundational in your character, your mindset is a lens through which you believe, judge and act. Do you examine, challenge or stretch your mindset? Do you settle for living the status quo? Do you believe you can […]

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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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Why Know Your Strengths?

Self-Knowledge, Feedback, Unique Contribution, Personal Career Passion, Sustain Career Passion, Loss of Career Passion, Values and Purpose, Innate Strengths, Core Strengths, Acquired Strengths, Purpose, Coaching for Passion, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership

I was reminded, again, during a conversation with a friend and colleague of how we each have a unique constellation of strengths that show up and work together to be in service of the greater good for all. Each of you bring a unique constellation of strengths to contribute in service of your dream. Your […]

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Mining for Passion

Personal Career Passion, What’s Next, Sustain Career Passion, Loss of Career Passion, Midlife Crisis, Values and Purpose, Innate Strengths, Core Strengths, Acquired Strengths, Purpose, Coaching for Passion, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership

All too often I meet with people who have unconsciously fallen into living their life on automatic pilot, doing what is expected of them because they feel obligated. It’s easy to forget what brings us joy and satisfaction in our work and our life. People talk about feeling trapped or stuck in their professions. We […]

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Personal Passion : Exploring ‘What’s Next?’

Personal Career Passion, What’s Next, Sustain Career Passion, Loss of Career Passion, Midlife Crisis, Purpose, Coaching for Passion, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership

You wake up one day and feel like you’re in a dead zone. You’re going through the motions, doing what is expected of you, doing the ‘right thing’ but not feeling the satisfaction that you once did. You panic a bit and ask, now what? This gradual and insidious loss of passion or purpose in […]

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Leadership and the Conflict Blind Spot

Leadership Blind Spots, Conflict Blind Spot, Conflict, Toxic Behaviors, Strengths, Strengths Intelligence, Coaching, Sustainable Leadership, Diana Gabriel

Conflict offers such a ripe place for our blind spots to hide. Through the strengths lens our blind spots can appear in different forms. For example, in my top ten strengths I have Command, Self-Assurance and Activator so I am comfortable with conflict and I don’t shy away from naming issues or calling people out. […]

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Values and Strategy : 2 More Common Blind Spots

Five Core Values, Leadership Blind Spots, Empowered Choice, Cognitive Dissonance, Values blind spots, Strategy blind spots, encourage input, culture of trust, Walk the Talk, Sustainable Leadership, Diana Gabriel

One of the foundations of my coaching with clients begins with identifying their five core values – the values you typically assume you know. In my 16 years of coaching I have met very few people who have ever consciously participated in a contemplative exercise to examine what provides meaning and purpose in their life and […]

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Experience and Strengths : 2 Common Leadership Blind Spots

leadership blind spots, awareness, experience, strengths, success analysis, shadow side, Sustainable Leadership, leadership coach, Diana Gabriel

It may seem counter intuitive that there can be blind spots aligned with both success and the use of our strengths. Those blind spot traps can be seductive if you are unaware of their presence. I have experienced both. When I experience success because of the combination of my strengths I have a tendency to […]

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