Stretching past your fear

Very few leaders will claim that they are fearful of anything. Other words might be used because the word fear in itself is frightful. They might say that they “avoid” something, “mistrust” someone, or have “anxiety” – perhaps more acceptable terms to use. In the end, if pressed, many good leaders will admit to being […]

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When solving problems can get you killed

Last week I had the pleasure of spending time with local non-profit leaders, teaching them to incorporate real coaching into their management/leadership tool kit.  Within a couple of hours, the group was well grounded in the pillars of “real coaching” – listening, asking powerful questions, and moving the coachee to action. Once we moved beyond […]

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Work relationships need more than a nod across the table

Workplaces are a microcosm of connection, conversation, and conflict. In other words, they are a place where relationships happen. Yet many leaders don’t intentionally develop the relationships that are key to their success. If you peek behind the curtain of leaders who fail, you might find that breakdowns happen because they haven’t deliberately established healthy, […]

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The day you won’t need a 360

I once had a manager who talked behind my back. Although I was a good (or even better than good) employee, she wasn’t willing to give me feedback directly. Even when I asked for it!  I knew (and told her I knew) that she was talking to others about her dissatisfaction with something I did. […]

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Leadership IS personal

Robert was well known as an executive who would go ballistic for the smallest of transgressions by others. He seemed to take everything personally, and often blamed the messenger who reluctantly carried any bad news into his office. I often heard him yelling and swearing so loudly at someone that you could hear every word […]

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