Pull closer to people

Like so many, I woke up on the morning of November 9 anxious to hear the final results of the election. I spent the day in a fog of confusion and a whole lot of other emotions that prevented a productive work day. My husband, adult daughters and their partners were similarly working through their […]

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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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Calm the rising tide of impatience

Are you one of those leaders who moves quickly and deliberately while getting impatient that others (your direct reports, peers, or other stakeholders) aren’t matching your stride? They can see your impatience, whether you realize it or not. Your behavior is giving you away in these ways: You are “short” when communicating: you may not […]

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Being present may be enough

I’ve been roaming our property daily since early June looking for natural things that are small, beautiful, and great subjects for camera close ups and macro shots. It’s been a profound experience in learning to be present as I look for flowers, insects, and fungi. With my camera in hand, I see all kinds of […]

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Four intangible leadership qualities that you can acquire

When you observe leaders that you admire, you might notice that they have certain qualities that are difficult to describe but are appealing and effective. They might cause you to think “There’s just something wonderful about that leader that I can’t describe”. Some would call this charisma. You might be surprised to discover that you […]

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From change management to change leadership

You’ve been known as the leader who pushes people hard, expects a lot, and gets results. The proof of your leadership excellence is in the results. Sure, your leadership style isn’t for everyone, but you aren’t a bad leader – just driven. You’re now leading a significant new project with a lot of moving parts […]

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10 ways to foster relationships in 10 minutes or less

Many leaders don’t take the time to nurture relationships with their stakeholders. Making the effort to do that that will develop the relationships necessary for their – and their organization’s – success. I often hear from leaders that they have higher priorities on their plate than making connections with others. The truth is that things […]

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