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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Perfecting Your Employee Recognition Skills

While being positive comes as second nature to some people, complaining seems to be a much more developed skill than praising. Many people find it difficult to be only positive; it’s as if they can’t help themselves adding a crushing blow. Think back to the character Carolyn Burnham (Annette Bening) in “American Beauty” when she […]

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Creating What You Dream About for Your Life (Part 2)

Clarity Before getting what we dream about we must first know what that is. This may seem obvious but it trips up even the most intelligent people right out of the gate. Take out a blank sheet of paper and write “My Dream Life” at the top. List everything you want to have, do, be […]

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5 More Strategies for Successful Goals

I’m following up on the great strategies Heidi Grant Halvorson writes about in her book Nine Things Successful People Do Differently. Most people don’t take goal setting seriously and never get beyond just thinking about them, rather than writing, planning and implementing. In my last post I explained the first four strategies for effective goal […]

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4 Strategies for Successful Goals

I’m following up on successful goal setting tips from the book Nine Things Successful People Do Differently by Heidi Grant Halvorson. These nine strategies are based on decades of research on the key factors that influence performance. They are relatively straightforward and easy to apply, but the trick is to avoid skipping them because they […]

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What Successful People Do Differently

Why do some people succeed and others flounder? Over the years, in my experience coaching various people, I’ve often asked myself that question. How do successful people set the stage for the ‘what’s next’, next promotion, best results, or stellar performance? One might wonder does it take: A high IQ? Personality? Good looks? Talent? Research […]

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Leadership Theories Review

Leadership has evolved from the military models of centuries ago to contemporary theories of scientific management, situational leadership, servant leadership and other widely discussed styles. Based on the key questions journalists ask to uncover a story: who, what, when, where, why and how, here is a review of some traditional leadership theories. 1. Who is […]

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Leadership Golden Rules

Having a framework for the most essential leadership skills will help you avoid quick fixes and business-book fads.  In The Leadership Code: Five Rules to Lead By, (Harvard Business Press, 2011) Dave Ulrich, Norm Smallwood and Kate Sweetman have distilled leadership into five core roles: Strategist – Leaders shape the future. Executor – Leaders make […]

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When to Let Go of Expectations

I’ve been thinking about how important it is to manage our expectations because they have a profound effect on our energy and drive. In the work I do, so many times I see people who set themselves up to fail with unrealistic expectations of themselves, others, or events. Sometimes I’ve heard people say they’ve given […]

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