Coach the Inner Core.
Lead from the Inside Out.

Reflection, Inner Core, Values, Purpose, Coaching, Leadership Development, Assessments, Relationship, Secure Environment, Non-Judgement, Communication, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

A coaching colleague of mine and I recently spent an afternoon examining, brainstorming, and developing meaningful leadership curriculum for a cohort of successful leaders who are dedicating a year to build their leadership capacity. Already successful technical leaders, our question is – how do we assist them in learning the value of reflecting on who […]

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The 3rd Promise: Process and Execution

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During a call this morning with several Strength Strategy coaches we were discussing what makes the Strengths Strategy model so effective and unique. One coach said, “Strengths Intelligence is a universal language” and I thought, “That’s it!” For me, there is something about diving in deep with the Strengths Strategy model that is like coming […]

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Engage All Stakeholders : The second promise of effective leaders

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There is much written about the importance of feeling that there is meaning and purpose in our work. For those of you who have the Belief and/or Connectedness Strengths (like myself, whose Strengths are clustered in the Influencing and Relational domains) meaning, purpose and contribution to the greater good is a necessity in your life’s […]

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Effective leaders have a vision: Where are we going? For the sake of what are we doing this?

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Fully embracing both the challenge and opportunity to lead with your eyes wide open takes courage. No one feels fully prepared for the breath of responsibilities and skills that are needed to successfully lead people and serve the organization simultaneously — I’ve learned this in my work with talented leaders. There is an art and […]

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2 Minds. 5 Leadership Blind Spots

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Along my journey to unravel my blind spots I have explored multiple perspectives on identifying my blind spots, a few that I will share with you over the next few weeks. However, to understand the contributions of my strengths, their needs, their triggers, overuse patterns and my blind spots, I always return to the Strengths […]

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Recognizing, Claiming and Managing Leadership Blind Spots

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Through my Strengths Strategy coaches training I became intrigued with the many facets of my own blind spots. First, there is the obvious or habitual way of seeing blind spots – We don’t know what we don’t know. Then, Strengths Blind-Spots were introduced adding another dimension to my thinking about blind spots. These are the […]

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Success with Goals: Override Excuses, Rationalizations and Old Habits

Competing Commitments,Accomplish Goals,Change Habits,Leadership Coach,Diana Gabriel

Create a new story for yourself. Reframe your story. These can be powerful tools to add ease to your experience of change. Being aware of the power of habits allows you to create and implement a plan for successful change. To assist in your discernment process and choose a starting place, ask – what is […]

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Can we Inoculate Ourselves Against Intention/Goal-Failure?

willpower,accomplish goals,goal failure,competing commitments,conscious decision,leadership coach,Diana Gabriel

So many of us have the mindset that change is hard. Sometimes It takes willpower and grit to make changes but there are tools and knowledge that can make the change process easier and less stressful. As I shared in one of my blog posts, I experienced an epiphany that changed a life long story I […]

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Do Obligations Compete? 
What is Immunity to Change?

Competing Commitments,Immunity to Change,Strengths,Weaknesses,StrengthsFinder,Leadership Coach,Diana Gabriel

Yesterday, I was coaching a very gifted and talented leader who, across all four domains, has strengths that are a perfect fit for where the organization has been over the last eighteen months. This leader delivered high performance and had success with their charge during these eighteen months. Now, the organizational needs have shifted because of this […]

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It Takes Courage to Claim Your Strengths

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Knowing and claiming my strengths has been a process of becoming more self-aware. While working with a coach over the years, I’ve learned how to manage my strengths and learned their full power and potential. I believe it takes courage and confidence to share with others what you are really, really good at, without shame […]

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