For those of you that know me, you know I ask Why a lot (annoyingly so at times!). So that’s why (ha!) at BIF9, I loved what Matt Murrie is doing with getting “What If…?” out there – boldly! We all need to ask this more. So the next time you find yourself starting to say “no,” try saying “What » Read More
Tag Archives: Coaching
Delegate Everything Once upon a time I learned something about delegation that I liked. I read it in a book or heard it at a seminar. I don’t remember exactly where or the exact words used. But I do remember the general idea. Keep what only you can do. Delegate everything else. That was freeing » Read More
[This post was co-written by Jay Perry, who is co-author of "Taking Charge of Your Talent" with Don Maruska.] In a past blog post, we talked about the transformative benefits of recruiting a Talent Catalyst to champion your hopes and help you engage with new possibilities. So, why wouldn’t you want to have a » Read More
How many of you have had a mentor who helped you learn the ropes in your new job, who took on the role of teacher and demonstrated the “right” way to do things? Me too! In fact, that was the way mentorship was presented to me back in my previous life. And, it turns out » Read More
What does it mean to be connected? Some employees openly volunteer personal information like aging parent concerns and children’s activities. Others hold their cards close and share very little unless you take the time to get to know them. Are you asking questions on a regular basis to express interest, expand trust, and deepen relationships? Or have you been too busy?
“If we all did the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.”– Thomas A. Edison I love to read books that inspire me to think new ideas. The book that is inspiring me now is The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander. The premise of this book is » Read More
“[As a coach] my job is to be trustworthy while telling them [clients] to put their trust where it belongs: in their own sense of truth.” Martha Beck, celebrated coach and author Whether you are a leader, a consultant, a mentor or anyone people come to for advice, you are walking a line. A few » Read More
Learning involves taking risks–experimenting with new ideas and skills. And, who’s going to deliberately look foolish in front of the “writer of the performance appraisal?” How can the “boss at the blackboard” encourage learning when simply “being the boss” puts power, control, and “play it safe” in the “classroom?” Below are four tips: Be open » Read More
If you ever feel “working mother guilt,” this post is for you. No matter how flexible your job, conflicts inevitably arise. A child gets sick on the day of an important meeting. The preschool Mother’s Day Tea is at 10:30 a.m., smack in the middle of the business day. A meeting runs long, and you must scramble to find someone to pick up your child, because you can’t get to the school on time. An urgent business call comes in at 8 p.m. as you are reading your child’s bedtime story.