Facilitating silence

You need to have more meetings with less talking and more silence in them. Maybe you’ve experienced the “awkward” moment when nobody has anything to say. Relationships may not be fully established yet, or the room becomes silent because someone said something that was “out of the box” and nobody knows what to say about […]

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Why you need to learn to coach people

The International Coach Federation defines coaching as “Partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”. (Full disclosure: I teach coaching skills using this definition to individual leaders and groups). Leaders who aren’t familiar with coaching often expect it to be something different than it […]

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Six unexpected things you are responsible for

As a leader in a position of authority, “taking responsibility” may not be something you think about – you assume you are responsible. You know that you are responsible for your business’ success, hiring and firing, training, performance reviews, and a whole lot of other things. You would likely find all of these in your […]

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The courageous conversation you must have

The project was suffering, at a plateau several millions of dollars into it’s beginning. It was an enterprise-wide global effort; a new system that would make life easier and ultimately save money for our company. We were in somewhat of a crisis and saving money by leveraging such systems was pretty important. The leader heading […]

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The eyes in back of your head

Intuition: the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference. ~Merriam-Webster When my four siblings and I were children, Mom always seemed to know what we were up to, even when she wasn’t in the room. When we asked her how she knew, she’d reply, “I always […]

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Developing peace in your heart

I had planned a different post for this week, but today all I can think of is the mass shooting that happened last Saturday evening in my community of Kalamazoo Michigan, and it seems a more worthy topic. A man opened fire in several different locations – two very close to where we live – […]

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How leaders change

I was at a meeting recently where the speaker was addressing how to work with difficult people – and the subject of difficult bosses naturally followed. Since everyone in the room was a professional in the business world, it became clear that many – if not all – had worked for difficult managers at some […]

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Your 2016 relationship goals

  “The toughest and most results-oriented leaders are increasingly discovering that the answer lies in building relationships.” Doug Conant, from Leadership Resolutions for 2016.   When I consider the relationships I have with those around me, I find that they are all in a different place. Some are strained or more distant than I’d like. […]

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