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

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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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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?

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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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Where Do I Focus: My Strengths or My Weaknesses?

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Two of my top strengths, Activator and Command, made perfect sense to me but over the years had been identified as problematic behaviors in some of my performance reviews. I felt ‘different’ and ‘misunderstood’. I was often coached or counseled by colleagues to stop those behaviors, to be more passive, to adopt a low profile […]

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