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Amp Up Your Leadership Game

In the spirit of “no time like the present,” now is the perfect time to step back and take stock of what you need to amp up your leadership game.  Here are three simple ideas (and a downloadable tool) for keeping your leadership development front and center. Own the fact that leadership development is paramount to your success and take the initiative to make it happen. No matter where you … [Read more...]

Feedback … The Ultimate Leadership Advantage

The notion of perfection is a fallacy, especially when it comes to leadership. The most effective leaders are those willing to look in the mirror, embrace their blind spots and modify that which is not working well for them or others. Like an athlete at the top of her game, there is always opportunity to improve. While conducting a personal SWOT analysis helps you self-assess your leadership … [Read more...]

Hats Off to Dogged and Disruptive Change

Hats off to those of you who laugh at the face of danger and yawn at the status quo (you know who you are!).  For most leaders, however, the constant drumbeat of change is draining and uncomfortable. A leader’s tendency to resist or embrace change varies dramatically and is driven largely by her perception of the risks and benefits.  It sounds straightforward, yet rarely is.  Once time, … [Read more...]

How True is it?

Even the best leaders live with limiting beliefs and assumptions that compromise decision-making and ultimately, their value.  One of my favorite questions for inviting reflection and challenging limiting beliefs and assumptions is:  “How True is it?” Here are a few examples of limiting beliefs and assumptions that keep leaders from playing all-in and initiating change for themselves and their … [Read more...]

Where do you take yourself out of the game?

We all have our tipping points:  We decide whether to “pass” or roll the dice depending on the risk we assign to the next move. While we know intellectually that growth and change rarely happen without some level of discomfort, most of us are not inclined to put ourselves in harm’s way.  We’d much prefer to remain safe and dodge the prickly emotions that arise if our actions don’t yield the … [Read more...]

What Are You Tolerating?

This is the “finger in the rib” question. If you put your index finger on your rib and apply light pressure, most people feel irritated, but still are able to carry on. Over time, you may even start accepting the annoyance as “normal” and a part of what you signed up for when you took this position. Our self-talk includes phrases like, “well, nothing’s perfect,” or “I have bigger battles to … [Read more...]

White Water Rafting Leadership Musings

It’s cliché, but true: Having all oars in the water at the same time makes for a smoother ride. And, so it was during our white water rafting adventure down the Black River in New York while on vacation recently. Eight family members in our bright yellow raft and our guide, Jasper, straight out of central casting. Upon arrival, we were stuffed into life jackets secured so tightly that we … [Read more...]

Brand YOU

What is meant by your leadership brand and why it’s important? For starters, your leadership brand is how you convey value. It’s the distinct set of talents and personality traits for which you are known. Your leadership brand is reinforced by how you “show-up” and behave on a daily basis. If I were to ask you to select key words to describe the leadership brand of Elon Musk, for instance, you’d … [Read more...]

What Can You Control, Really?

Woo!  There’s A LOT going on across the world stage right now. These are not your garden-variety gnat-type changes that annoy you for a little while, or are easily remedied by clearing out the fruit bowl.  No, the pace and magnitude of change is more like one of those tenacious, squawking seagulls at the beach that make you cover your picnic basket and grab a stick to protect the … [Read more...]

How To Minimize “Shiny Object Syndrome”

Is there any better place than the land of adolescents for harvesting lessons learned in dealing with distractions? My husband teaches high school English (ever-courageous soul).  One of his favorite principals, now retired, had two questions he would ask students when he’d see them wandering the halls during class times: Where are you supposed to be right now? What is the most important … [Read more...]