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#choice #leadership #decisions A choice that Leaders make continuously, is whether they want to be right or want to be happy. Right and happy can co-exist. Yet, often they are opposed. The most effective Leaders seem to choose the better...
#Better #Results #Easier #Leadership #Clarity #Success #Soundingboard #Confidante #Businessplan The new fundamentals of business have changed and this is good. We have moved from feudal hierarchy through the structures of the industrial revolution to command and control and now to...
#Better #Results #Easier #Leadership #Clarity #Success #Soundingboard #Confidante The foundation of the Business Plan can be described using three elements Our vision, our 'why' Strategy, our approach to realizing our 'why' Plan, the exact steps needed, yes, written Again, we...
The process of Executive Coaching is such that I, the Coach, do not provide direct advice. The one receiving the Coaching wants something, a change, an improvement, more of something, less of something. The conversation centers upon self discovery for...
“Knowledge discovered is nothing until it becomes knowledge shared.”
Joseph Seiler
We hear a lot about the so called, millenial generation, which is roughly people born between the early 80s and early 2000s. It seems there is some challenge in leading and motivating and getting productivity from this group. Hmmm? First...
Every once in  awhile a situation shows up where what to do is just not at all clear It happens But what to do? You are the one expected to make those decisions. That is why you get paid the...
Seven Steps to Slay the Dragons of Life One day The hero/ine Stops... Unable to take another step David Whyte poet What is happening in this verse? It appears that whatever it is, it is big and it is blocking...
Rejection can feel quite bad. It is one of the three top human fears. The other two are not believing I am loveable and the fear of looking stupid. We are not including fears like of heights or snakes etc....
Little Red Riding Hood said she was going to Grandma’s house. She seemed to be pretty clear on that part of things. Being able to ‘say’ where we are going, some will tell us, is ‘it’, the golden fleece, the...
The entrepreneurial figure has magic to it. Many imagine becoming the fabled hero(ine) and to make it big like Mark Zuckerberg or Sophia Amaruso  or Larry Page. For most... not going to happen. Yet, there are a great many that...
I believe that Simon Sinek is a thought leader for our times. I trust his insights and applaud his willingness to speak out. One of his more recent videos is where he speaks about 'millenials in the workplace' and how...
I enjoy Dr Seuss stories. They teach and entertain and have fun pictures. One of the Dr Seuss books is entitled, Oh! The Places You'll Go. It is about the usual little Seussian character who is 'off and away' on...
Once in a while it is very valuable to get the people in the organization back onto the same page. What is our vision, our mission, our greatest challenge, our greatest cause for celebrating what is indeed working great. What...
We are all familiar with the upward pointing triangle showing Maslow's hierarchy of human needs. It starts with the basics of survival and safety and works up to personal fulfillment. Makes great sense. Tony Robbins approaches in a different way...
Growing a culture of accountability sounds great, but how do we do it? One important observation about people is that we almost don't hear or see things that we think we have heard or seen before. So it is actually...
  I have come across this surprisingly simple stress breaker. I suppose I could go into how stress arises and provide all kinds of stats about it, but, let's just get to the method. When you walk, we all walk...
What is needed to facilitate enduring positive change includes the following vital elements. Willingness to at least honestly consider real change Resolve to implement change(s); embrace it Patience to allow the components of the change to be installed and set...
There are new articles on Leadership every day. I read some of them, but less than I used to. The reason is that they are starting to sound increasingly same, same. What is your experience with this? I agree with...
Yes, who cares about accountability? In my experiences Coaching many business owners and Executives, that answer from them is 'not many'. What is it? Accountability includes responsibility, liability and answerability. When someone stands up in the face of some kind...
  How is it that we continue 'this' action, so obviously unhelpful to us when we look at others doing it or at our own history? How is it that we seem to, in the moment, forget all of our...
The famous eleventh century poet, Rumi, advises us to say yes quickly. The context is about that moment an aha comes to us, when we feel an inspiration, an intuitive hit, an invitation, when we feel something sacred has been...
One might ask why even bother to offer Coaching to the already successful Executive. Here are a few big reasons.   The already successful know there is more available. They also have willingness to increase their own self awareness and...
As the baby boomers enter retirement age, there is a sea of succession in the landscape of the leaders of our businesses. This could be a dangerous time if the transfer of authority and power is less than smooth. Succession...
  Getting people to engage is a common concern. As a Business Coach I often have clients ask how they might arouse more engagement from their direct reports and teams. Some common phrases they tell me that they use include...
[caption id="attachment_343" align="aligncenter" width="300"] OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA[/caption] What I focus on expands. When I look for red and white trucks on my drive to work, I see way more than if I don't look for them. So too if I...
What is the Big Deal About Workplace Engagement?   The big deal about workplace engagement is that it is, reportedly, at an alarmingly low level. The negative impact that workplace engagement has on effectiveness, productivity and the bottom line makes...
Our school system conditions us to know. The wisdom of 'I don't know' is rarely, if ever, mentioned. We learn that knowing is the best and most rewarded place to be. We are taught to know first and fastest and...
To move straight forward is to move without deviating from the shortest route, in this case, to the best results possible. Lots of advice out there on how to get those best results. OK, what about the role of 'being'...
It is said that we all see the world a little bit differently. This can get in the way of an Executive's success. We have our filters, crafted from our prior experiences, prejudices, aspirations, fears and more. Your filters are...
I once posted an article about the triad of thoughts that many people carry with them upon graduation from High School. Those three are: I'm not good enough Everyone else is better looking, smarter or more popular I'm the only...
We all have an internal critic, that judgmental little voice that just can't seem to find anything about us that is 'good enough'. Relentlessly nasty. Carson, in his landmark book Taming Your Gremlin (he calls the voice our gremlin), suggests...
Getting things done, lots of things, and done well, seems to be one of those holy grail kinds of pursuits. Images of long lists of what needs doing, moving fast, directives, many directives, activity, plans, mind maps, nerve centers, almost...
Loose change is the coins that represent money less than an amount to be represented by a bill. In Canada, that is from the nickel up to the $2 coin, the so called toonie. Loose change can be found in...
Scientific American magazine recently published an article Your Thoughts Can Release Abilities Beyond Normal Limits The main idea is that abilities are most limited by our own thinking. Thinking we are limited indeed limits what we can do. Expecting beyond preconceived...
There is a fable of a highly successful executive returning to address the graduating class on the 20th anniversary of their own graduation. This person had had a fabulously successful 20 years and was asked to speak to the graduating...
Performance reviews are dreaded by most, whether the one being reviewed or the one delivering the review. There is a reason. Most performance reviews talk mostly about the performance of a person, less about the results delivered. The results get...
Calling We call all the time. I receive calls and send calls out. There are many types of call. For instance, what is it like when I ‘call you down’? Like that? Which form do you like more, to be...
Imagine Coaching Elon Musk, who, reportedly, knows it and does it and exceeds it and is way up there already, according to many of the usual measures of success. How are you reacting to this idea? Musk styles himself as...
It is just so easy to default to judgment in almost any human interaction. I say default, because that just seems to be true. Check in with yourself. Walking down a street how often do you notice the shape or...
What are some of the most common attributes about this place we call the top? For one, it is a place of power, so people who may not have the same power, may be wary and thus stay away. This...
A stallion is notoriously independent, smart, jealous and a strong fighter. Most really successful stallions have a large ego which they used to climb the corporate ladder and which they then tamed to achieve what only a master of co-operation...
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