Leadership Development

Becoming a Better You

Becoming a Better You Recently my older son (21) was sharing with his younger brother (17) the idea of becoming a better you. As a leadership and development coach, of course my ears perked up. My son was explaining that the “you” you are today, is the not the “you” you will become in the future. He asked his younger brother if he’d ever given that idea any thought (this made me smile). Who’s Your Hero? To make his point,…

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Compassion Makes All the Difference

In a TV interview on CBS This Morning, Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn CEO, said that he has come to understand that compassion is not just a better way to build a team, it’s a better way to build a business.  In his commencement address to the Wharton School graduating class (on May 13, 2018) he talked about his vow, that if he were to manage people, he would aspire to manage them compassionately. Weiner said, “if you really want to lift…

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Self-Awareness – It’s All in Your Head!

 Often, we go about our lives with very little self-awareness. We just do what we do, without much thought. We’re busy with the hum of daily life. We’ve got places to go, people to see. We’ve got bills to pay. We’ve got stuff to do. And if we’re lucky, we carve out some time for ourselves. Yet, all the while, there is a constant whirr of noise in our heads. This noise subtly shapes the choices we make, steering and influencing…

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Your Thoughts ARE Showing; Developing Self-Awareness

Developing self-awareness is important! Think about all the people you encounter every day; in your work, school, church, gym or grocery store. Everyone you encounter is impacted by your self-awareness, as you are impacted by theirs. Are Your Thoughts Showing? Think about your boss or colleagues. Can you tell when they’re having a “bad” day?  They may think they’re concealing it well, but you know when something is bothering them. You can see it in their body language, the look on their…

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Self-Awareness Improves Your Life

Have you ever been in a really crowded Subway/Metro or a packed elevator at quitting time? Your awareness is heightened in these extremely close quarters. You may notice your elbow touching someone, or your bag bumping awkwardly around you. You may notice the silence, or the noise, the whirr of the machine, the clanking, the quiet conversations, a burst of laughter, maybe even your own breathing? You may notice the scent of freshly washed hair, or aroma of someone overdue for…

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Leadership’s Secret Ingredient; Connecting

What kind of leader or manager inspires you? Brings out your best? Makes you feel engaged, empowered, and valued? Think about your very best manager, someone you respect and admire. If you need to dig deeper, how about a special teacher or coach? A volunteer, a church figure or community leader? And the question I ask you is: What is it that makes them memorable? Did you think of their knowledge and skills first? Or their education and degree? How about their…

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Failure is an Option

Fear of Failure Does the fear of failure hold you back?  Are you afraid to try new things? When was the last time you took on something new, something that challenged you, made you stretch beyond your comfort zone, something that was even a bit scary? Would you be more willing to make a mistake if you knew that failure really is an option? Real vs. Imagined Failure What does it mean to fail? How we think about failure is different…

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Health & Happiness; Gratitude is Key

Practice Gratitude Before you think about making another New Year’s resolution…stop.  Before moving forward with your goals and business plans, take a moment to look back. What did your life look like one year ago; your relationships, family, finances, career?  Take stock of how far you’ve come, what you’ve learned, who you are becoming, and what you accomplished in 2016.  Practice gratitude. Count your blessings. Your health and happiness depend on it. Gratitude Research According to the Harvard Health Publication Mental Health…

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Questions Improve your Thinking

On average, you think 50,000 – 70,000 thoughts per day, most of which are subconscious. In fact, about 90% of our conscious thinking is habitual and automatic, like a program running in the background of our minds. Our brains are wired to maximize efficiency, but is this efficiency helping or hurting our ability to make good decisions? Think about this. Do you respond without thinking? How often do you jump to a conclusion? How do you handle an unexpected interruption?…

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Slow Down to Hear Yourself Think

In our fast paced world sometimes it’s hard to hear yourself think.  When our brains are in overdrive, constantly being bombarded by information, technology, advertisements, and interruptions, it’s a wonder we get anything done, let alone have room for ideas, original thought, or breakthrough moments. Try  to recall the last time you had quiet, where your mind could wander, without something pressing to do.  You need to slow down to hear yourself think. We Need Downtime Often we are list…

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