The Howells Group Blog

‘Fast Forward’ Your Success with a Coach: 5 Essential Questions to Find a Fit!

To succeed in work and life, it’s often assumed that talent, drive and a few lucky breaks can be enough to move you closer to your goals. After all, don’t smart people succeed by “figuring things out”? By working harder than everyone else?  By finding the proverbial “hand up” from supportive mentors? The answer is yes – AND… People determined…   read more »

NO MORE SILENCE: SPEAKING AND STANDING IN POSITIVE POWER

When the unrelenting flood of harassment revelations broke loose last October, I felt horror, disgust, and disbelief at the extent of the abuse and criminal acts. Then, I felt that hot, white anger grip me, and I wasn’t sure what to do with it all. What would my response be? How could I make a difference? And I started to…   read more »

4 Essential People You Need on Your Team

So far, my inbox in this new year includes a deluge of promises and special offers, including creative ways to tackle to-do lists, make more money, and achieve all of my dreams. Many offer pretty solid advice. But there’s been something missing as I’ve scanned the deluge of incoming pitches, it’s easy to start believing it’s all up to you. That ever-present myth that all…   read more »

5 Essential Steps to Become a High Hope Leader

On August 5th, 2010, 33 Chilean miners were trapped 2,300 feet underground when their mine collapsed. The falling rock that blocked their escape was as big as the Empire State building. Chances of survival seemed highly improbable. Sophisticated equipment, skilled operators and a lot of luck were critical for even a dim chance of escape. Thankfully leaders emerged above and below…   read more »

Is Your “Winning Strategy” Still Winning?

As professional coaches, it’s both a privilege and a challenge to coach high performing leaders. But a common pitfall we regularly observe is all too common; the very mindsets and behaviors that propel leaders towards high achievement in one role can become a significant barrier in the way of continued success. Consider Chris. Three years in a row she was…   read more »

Use Focus & Flexibility to Reach Your Goals

 It’s that time again; time for resolutions, recommitments and gym memberships. Setting intention is good and certainly needed. But honestly, most years I over plan and under deliver. This is because more is not better and is often the enemy of achieving your most important priorities. Dorie Clark, author and coach, notes in her recent HBR article that setting too…   read more »

Leap

Summertime holds it’s own special magic, especially when you’re lucky enough to have friends with a backyard boasting an old quarry filled with a very deep, clean lake. Long evenings gathered around the fire pit with a swarm of kids in and out of the lake; it’s like a summer camp for all ages. This year, a homemade masterpiece had…   read more »

Show Up

A few years ago I was leading an organization that identified abused kids and worked to provide a safe space and community for them. Provide visionary and effective leadership for the organization AND be a meaningful relationship to kids who had survived the inconceivable. No big deal right? Be a leader and a mentor. How hard can that be? In…   read more »

Adopting a Toddler Mentality

  Showing up as a “finished product” is a pressure we all experience. As a coach and consultant, I hear it from all kinds of people in all kinds of work and life situations. And I experience it myself; trying to avoid looking “slow”, “out of touch” or “uncool”. Yet isn’t it ironic that expending so much energy to appear fully competent in everything is actually…   read more »

Attraversiamo

  The Italians have such a beautiful way with language. If two Italians were walking on one side of the road and saw something appealing on the other side one would say “attraversiamo” which literally means “let’s cross over”. It is a very lyrical way to speak of movement or transition and the symbolism is as powerful as the word is…   read more »