What if you were curious?

Last week I listened to a client’s frustration over employees who had become complacent, moving slowly, dotting their “i’s” and “t’s”, following the corporate line. Unfortunately, this is a song and dance I’ve heard too often. This state of apathy kills organizations who are up against significant competition. I wondered out loud what has happened […]

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How to develop your intuition

The Oxford dictionary has a simple definition of intuition that I like: “A thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning”. Intuition is the ability to quickly take different thoughts that may have slipped below one’s consciousness  and to put them together to create a decision, a direction, or […]

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Become a generative listener

            There is a kind of non-listening that goes on in our society and organizations that is distracted and disjointed, and often marked by interruptions. This non-listening doesn’t focus on the person speaking. Rather, the listeners try their hardest to get their ideas into the conversation. If you’ve experienced this, […]

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Nurturing freedom

I know many of you are enjoying a long holiday weekend, so I promise this will be short. Be prepared to engage your senses. Close your eyes and imagine one of the following: Your first dorm room or apartment Walking on a beach on a warm sunny day Riding on a motorcycle or in a […]

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Opening windows to possibility and creativity

Imagine that you’re meeting with one of your employees. This person is managing people, and he has set a goal to develop leaders within his organization. He’s struggling with how to begin with this initiative and he’s asking for your help. You hear him say: “People either want to be leaders or they want to […]

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Now ask the tough questions

There is an awareness and desire by good leaders to do more asking than telling. That strategy of asking more questions should be part of every leader’s communication toolkit as a way to get information, be more collaborative, and to obtain important feedback. Maybe you are working more questions into your leadership communication too.Now it’s […]

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