November 9 2016 Rehumanizing LeadershipWe are collectively longing for best practices and conscious leaders to rise up. We need new leaders in public and civic leadership roles, just as we do for our businesses (and sometimes those are the same – business leaders become our civic leaders on chamber boards and in other ways). The best leaders seek to unleash significant contributions – the brilliance within their teams and larger organizations. In order to do that, the focus has to shift away from this mean political game to seek out more meaningful dialogue and solutions to humanity’s dynamic challenges.
August 23 2016 Competition: Human Fuel for High Performance Being competitive pushes any performer in any field to greater achievements, if they approach their work the way Olympic athletes do – by committing to hard work, respecting the people around them, listening to the coaches who support them and encouraging others to succeed even as they succeed themselves. Harnessing a competitive spirit will create a company culture that ignites the soul so the best of us continue to give their best, perhaps in ways that are more magical than they ever imagined they could be.
June 27 2016 Coming Full Circle: Beyond Neuroscience and Emotional Intelligence If 80% of the global workforce is disengaged, yet $387 billion is spent annually on leadership development, then what in the world are we missing? Perhaps the biggest leadership gap in the recent history of training is getting leaders to more fully integrate who they are with what they do, and to learn to develop that in others, to inspire potential and magnificence.
March 31 2016 March Madness and the 5 Big “F” Words!The term “March Madness” signals a season where upsets and big wins are the result of players digging deep to do something extraordinary. Winning experiences, those heart stopping buzzer beater plays, heroic players who inspire the team, and coaching strategies and quotes become leadership metaphors for years to come.
March 1 2016 Stay Curious Team Leaders and Navigate the Chaos of ChangeHow do leaders make meaning and illuminate possibility when they are in the same experience as their teams? Are you a leader in a company where the culture is to avoid complex situations or become frozen in accelerated change?
January 2016 Team Leader as CoachPeople are typically promoted to leadership roles because they are star performers and demonstrate maturity, loyalty, and strong work ethic. Yet when these stars are promoted to team leader, others often wonder, “Now what?” New managers can be more equipped to lead others effectively when they learn to coach.
June 2015 From Breathless to BreathingCreating shifts from old to new ways of working is one of the primary tools of a coach. Guiding someone from being breathless to breathing is a great example of a shift – awareness we are prompting daily in executive circles.
May 2015 Celebrating International Coaching Week! May 17-22This week the International Coaching Federation (ICF)—the largest and most recognized professional association for coaches—celebrates its 20th anniversary. I also celebrate my 22nd anniversary as a coach and pioneer leader in this global and growing profession.
Nov 2014 Bringing Your Teammates Back to Life The current workplace environments that foster an “us versus them” victimization culture can make an entire team look like zombies. Team leaders are not exempt. If you find yourself sandwiched between zeds, then you have the opportunity to demonstrate bold personal leadership and wake them up to their potential or bring them back to life.
May 2014 It’s Time to Come Back to Life at Work If we could summarize the tenants of all the most comprehensive works on humanity in two simple words, it would be, “wake up!” Coaching is a powerful wake up call for many. It can help people wake up to their hidden potential, wake up to their true beliefs, wake up to their self-imposed roadblocks, or wake up to their calling in both their professional and personal lives.
Feb 2014 Living the Zoetic Life The American workplace is home to many zombies, workers who stumble through the day in jobs they “settled” for, disengaged from their companies’ missions and their fellow coworkers. Read on for techniques that may help get you through rough spots, but don’t let a lifetime go by living a story that you settled for instead of selecting. You deserve to live a zoetic life, but only you can write your story.
Jan 2014 Zombies to Zealots: Time to Wake Up at Work While you may feel completely fulfilled in your work and life, most people in large organizations are weary and dazed, often feeling that they are selling their souls for a paycheck. So, the real question for anyone is, “Have you become a zombie?”
Dec 2013 Lessons from Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski Coach K inspires me to think bigger, because I am also a coach for those who lead and shape other leaders. There are many, many coaches in the world – many who are leaders of business – and though our court of play looks different, we have the potential to unleash the best in others regardless of where we play.
Oct 2013 What’s the Fear? WTF has a new definition and meaning: “What’s the fear?”
Aug 2013 Leadership Presence One of the most impactful qualities of successful executives is often referred to as leadership presence. The irony is that it is also one of the least tangible.
July 2013 The Beginner’s Mind I was invited back to beginner’s mind about where I am in my own life and work. The environment invited me to view every breath, delicious meal and meditation through hours of yoga and quiet time for reflection.
June 2013 Learning and Growing via Storytelling We are all story tellers and create our lives based on the stories we tell and the way we tell them. We are agile with this skill, even when we aren’t aware of our constant practice. And as a coach, I listen to hear how easily people change their experience based on how they shift their story.
May 2013 Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should I am guilty of chasing shiny objects given I am a serial entrepreneur, constantly creating the next new service or product. And like many entrepreneurs, I find the management of things I generate to be a bit of a challenge. Am I in good company? You bet.
Mar 2013 The Value of the Pause Leaders often judge their level of productivity by how fast they are thinking and acting. Yet when we interview their direct reports to obtain feedback to support a coaching engagement, we find that the harder they drive themselves, the less effective they are at communicating, prioritizing, or being accessible to others. Coaching helps create opportunities for leaders to pause.
Feb 2013 A Resolution You Can Keep Many New Year’s resolutions fail because they require something external, but there is one resolution that requires nothing that resides beyond our own bodies.