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4 Ways to Unleash Leadership Energy

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Following is a guest article from Achim Nowak.  Achim has a distinctive ability to connect deeply and authentically with others in a way that ignites their passion and energy. It is my pleasure to share some of his wisdom with you here. By the time I get hired to coach a senior executive, he’s been subjected » Read More

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Tending the Garden of Your Mind

Tending the Garden of Your Mind

“Your mind is like a garden: Whatever you plant will grow. Your thoughts are seeds you’re planting. They produce, each after its kind. And you, just like a gardener, Can choose which seeds you’ll plant. And by the choice of seeds you sow, You choose the harvest you will reap.” – from The Garden of Your » Read More

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I’m Standing Up, Not Leaning!

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I don’t lean in, lean out, lean sideways, lean back…I stand up straight.  As a kid, my parents kept telling me to stand up straight and strong.  It created an aura of confidence, self-assurance, and supposedly, it was better for your back.  In fact, we now know that standing strong can actually change your mood and confidence. Perhaps » Read More

Everything Has A Cost

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On a coaching call this past December with one of my clients, we were discussing his 2014 goals for his business. He is a successful business owner and leader, very much a Type A personality, works long and hard, and loves his family. Our coaching session was fairly straight forward until he mentioned one of » Read More

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Reflect for Success

Reflect for Success

In The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, John Maxwell illuminates the importance of learning to “pause to allow growth to catch up with you.” He refers to this as the Law of Reflection. There is another habit, however, often masquerading as reflection, that can undermine your success. That habit is processing. What I mean by “processing” » Read More

The Leadership Life Cycle

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Everything has a life cycle. Plants, animals, humans, businesses, products – all have a time of birth, growth, maturity, and death. It’s the whole “circle of life” thing. Leadership has a life cycle. There is a time when a leader is “born,” a time when he or she grows, matures, and finally reaches legacy. A » Read More

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Set Boundaries for Your Success

Set Boundaries for Your Success

In a recent article on Halogen Software’s Talent Space Blog, Sean Conrad asks the question: “Is Working Less the Secret to Employee Productivity?” His question triggered my thinking about the power of setting boundaries to improve performance and fuel our success. While it may seem counter-intuitive at first to think that setting limits has anything to do » Read More

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Is Your Brilliance Hiding in Plain Sight?

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You have your own way of getting work done through others.  As a manager, your own inherent values and ideas of how the world works (and should work) drive how you handle issues with the human beings in your charge. Something I notice with my clients and myself is that we often suppress our initial » Read More

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Take Off the Cuffs

Take Off the Cuffs

“Golden handcuffs” is a phrase used to describe a system of financial incentives designed to keep key employees from leaving a company. If you are wearing them, however, they likely feel a lot more like a safety and security net, than like restraints. Of course, if you love what you do and where you work it could » Read More

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The Slippery Slope of Not Asking Why

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I’d like to think I’m good at challenging the status quo.  To get regular reality checks, I spend time with college kids creating for-profit and not-for-profit businesses aimed at solving wicked problems.  They truly challenge the status quo and it is, fortunately, invigoratingly contagious. Sometimes (most of the time?), the status quo is so deeply engrained » Read More

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