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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Breaking the sound of silence

In 1964, Paul Simon wrote a song called Sound of Silence that became planted in our brains and endures today. When Simon was asked how he, as a 21-year old lyricist, could come up with words with such deep meaning, his response was that he didn’t know. So, like many forms of art the meaning […]

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Your discomfort is whispering to you

With the scariest of holiday seasons behind us, it’s time to talk about fear. Not the running-away-screaming variety, but the smaller, uncomfortable kind that you may avoid in our workplace like: Having difficult conversations Giving honest feedback Asking for feedback Speaking truth to power Making a sincere apology Being honest about your vulnerabilities These are […]

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Be honest and caring when giving feedback

Giving feedback may make you feel vulnerable and exposed, causing you to avoid or delay important observations that your team and other stakeholders need to hear. You’re not alone. Many leaders dread giving honest feedback to others, thus avoiding it or sugar coating the message. Good feedback requires you to be clear, direct, and empathetic. […]

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A Little Secret About Courage

Courage is a favorite topic when experts write about leadership. Often the kind of courage they write about is the big, bold stuff of legends: climbing Mount Everest and leading the team down safely in intrepid weather; safely landing a plane on the Hudson River; turning a company around against long odds. I can`t deny […]

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The Courage it Takes

I spend time “behind closed doors” with leaders, listening to things that they wouldn’t necessarily tell anyone else. Sometimes, I am able to hear things that others may not hear.One of the things I hear when I listen well is the courage it takes to be a leader. We often don’t stop to notice the […]

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