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 […]


Happiness Comes From The Inside Out


If you’re unhappy today, you’ll be unhappy tomorrow — unless you are intentional and take action. Research shows that up to half of our happiness is genetic. We have a certain predisposition towards a level of happiness and satisfaction. But while genetics may dictate some of our happiness quotient, each of us is responsible for […]


Happiness Is A Choice


As we enter into a New Year I invite you to ponder: It is possible to take specific action steps to become happier? We find ourselves pouring effort into improving our circumstances, only to find that we’re not that much happier after all? The King of Bhutan, the last Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas, has […]


Can You Measure Trust?


What if you could measure trust? If you could put a number on the degree of trust in a relationship, perhaps you could then see the areas you could adjust and improve. Consultants Maister, Green and Galford in The Trusted Advisor use the four components of trust to provide a concrete measurement tool they call […]


The 4 Components of Trust


These past few blog posts have been dissecting the elements of trust. If you were to boil down trust to its four basic and most essential components, what would they be? “It’s not enough to keep your word; others have to be aware that you are doing it. And here is where it gets sticky. […]


The 5 Trust Building Skills


I’ve been exploring what builds high leadership trust and Maister, Green and Galford write about the elements that build trust in their book The Trusted Advisors (Free Press, 2001). Trustworthy leaders practice and master five key abilities: 1. Listen Well Most leaders use their listening skills to gather information. But, listening is a critical tool for connecting with […]


How to Build Leadership Trust?


In the work I do coaching leaders, everyone hopes to have high leadership trust with stakeholders. Surveys, however, show otherwise. The truth is most leaders could do more to engender an environment of high trust. In my experience, part of the problem is that “trust” is a bit ill-defined and subjective, like “world peace.” Everyone […]


To Lead with Trust: Principles and Practice


Are you leading with trust? In spite of the fact that high-trust organizations outperform others, few leaders focus on building trust with stakeholders. The leaders I work with are, for the most part, trustworthy. Yet, almost everyone could do more to create and reinforce an environment of high trust. There is no doubt in my mind […]


The PRES Model of Leadership Presence

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There are many books on executive presence that offer models for developing presence, albeit with some overlap. Three of the best books I recommend are: Leadership Presence: Dramatic Techniques to Reach Out, Motivate and Inspire, by Kathy Lubar and Belle Linda Halpern (Penguin Group, 2004) The Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others, […]