Becoming the Authentic Leader
Your People Need

Leader, Inside Out, Authentic, Trust, Hope, Vision, Assurance, Compassion, Well-being, Self-aware, Respect, Connect, Credibility, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, Leadership Coach

As we think about and talk about leading from the inside out we see that when leader, like you, slow down enough to focus on what it means and what it takes to lead from the inside out you become more authentic. When what you say, how you say it and the actions you take […]

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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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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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Executive Coaching : The Imperative

Four Promises, Lead Effectively, results, trust, leadership development, executive coaching, professional growth, personal growth, confident vulnerability, Strengths, Strengths Based Leadership, StrengthsFinder, leadership coach

It takes courage to lead effectively. It requires a level of vulnerability that many of us are not comfortable with, yet it has become a necessity. By helping me fully claim where I am strong, using the Strengths Strategy model has led me to be more confident in naming, being open to and vulnerable in […]

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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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Conversation Skills: Why Saying “Yes, and…,” Can Be Hard

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Saying “Yes, and…” is a developed skill. Turning it into a habit allows you to more readily be in service to others. You are not creating resistance to what you bring to the table. When we are not driving our own agenda nor sitting in judgement of another’s contributions our hearts and minds are open […]

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How Improv Comedy Helps Conversation Skills

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Practicing “Yes, and…” requires self-restraint in setting our agenda aside and being fully present in a conversation. Simultaneously, we need to have self-confidence in who we are and who we are not. It takes courage and vulnerability to show up as yourself, to be fully present, to listen deeply, to contribute where appropriate and to […]

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The First Rule of Improv Comedy

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An Improv course was one of the first courses I enrolled in after completing my coaches training. I sensed that I was a bit too serious and needed to lighten up to be a successful solo entrepreneur and speaker. I am confident that I can be warm and engaging and maybe a bit funny one […]

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Recipe for a Great Holiday Season

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By this time of year, most of us have slid into our “busy” post-summer mode, believing that we must leave that laid-back summer routine behind us. But what if we continue to embrace that spirit of summer, what if we practice self-care throughout the holidays and into the New Year? How might our enjoyment of […]

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The Path to Improvement: Strengths or Weaknesses?

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Living from a Strengths Based perspective, I have found relief and freedom. I no longer focus on what needs fixing but rather how I can leverage my strengths to maximize my contributions and manage my weaknesses. Through applying my ‘Strengths Intelligence’ I have found more joy, more peace in my heart, more fulfillment and significantly […]

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