Leadership Development

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What Do I Really Want? Recreating Yourself and Your Life.

What Do I Really Want? Do you find yourself at a pivot point in your career or your life? Maybe you’ve just started a new job or a new role. Perhaps you’ve lost your job, or are burned out on the one you already have. Maybe you’re experiencing a significant emotional event, or you just think life should be more enjoyable or more fulfilling. These situations don’t happen that often, but they can throw us into a tailspin. They cause…

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How to Think Better

How to Think Better Have you ever considered thinking about how you think and how well your current ways of thinking are serving you? So much of our thinking is habitual and automatic. Research shows we have as many as 50,000 – 80,000 thoughts per day. And with that much going on in our heads all the time, it can be a challenge to actually notice and become aware of the thoughts that are running our lives. Sometimes the automatic…

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Developing a Valuegenic Mindset: Becoming More Valuegenic

Developing a Valuegenic Mindset: Becoming More Valuegenic You’re probably familiar with the concept of mindset. It’s a way of thinking that develops over our entire lifetime that shapes everything we think about ourselves and our world. You’ve heard of different types of mindsets such as the fixed versus the growth mindset. The scarcity versus an abundance mindset, or maybe a positive mindset versus a negative mindset. However, if you’re like me and some of my clients, I just don’t find this…

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You are valuable simply because you exist.

The Difference Between Accepting and Valuing Matters

The Difference Between Accepting and Valuing Matters A few years ago, I was talking with a friend about the upcoming holidays, and where she would be spending her time. She shared with me that she felt accepted by her family, and valued by her besties, which was something altogether different. Her comment comes to mind each holiday season. The difference between accepting and valuing matters. Googling this topic, as writers often do, accepting and valuing are used interchangeably. The results…

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You Don’t Need be Perfect to be Amazing

You Don’t Need to be Perfect to be Amazing Intellectually you know it’s impossible to be perfect. No one is perfect. Certainly not you, or your role models, not very successful people, or very kind people, nor any humans on earth. Maybe you are nodding your head right now. You think you understand and believe this. You may have said these words to a friend or colleague who is being too hard on themselves. Maybe you have reminded your own…

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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

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…

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Empathy in Leadership Matters

Empathy in Leadership Matters Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO was interviewed on CBS Today. He was promoting his new book Hit Refresh, published in early 2018. Nadella explains that empathy is the theme of his book. And that empathy in leadership shaped his success in transforming the culture at Microsoft. In the CBS interview, he shares a couple of stories that have shaped his understanding and belief in the role of empathy in leadership and more importantly, in life. The Question…

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

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…

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Your Thoughts ARE Showing; Developing Self-Awareness

Your Thoughts ARE Showing; Developing Self-Awareness 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…

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