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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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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Your intention and how you want to show up

The leader was a few weeks into a senior management role at a large company, contemplating the relationships she needed to develop. I was secretly pleased that she had thought about that as her first priority in the new position. For many leaders who are new in their role, developing relationships with key stakeholders isn’t […]

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The “Yes….and” Exercise

A client organization graciously invited me to their semi-annual Leadership conference last week. There were lots of laughs as hundreds of organizational leaders watched The Second City hosts perform the comedic improvisations that they are well known for. There was also some seriousness and attention to the importance of leadership too. We did plent of group interactive exercises. One exercise, […]

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Unlocking Your Potential

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond imagination. It is our light more than our darkness which scares us. We ask ourselves – who are we to be brilliant, beautiful, talented, and fabulous?  But honestly, who are you to not be so?” ~Marianne Willamson […]

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