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    What Has To Change?

    “The more I push, the more they complain.” I could hear my client’s frustration, he said almost giving up, “The angrier I get, the less I see in my team.” You know what’s ironic? The change we want for others, has to start with us. People around you are going to keep doing what they’ve been doing or not doing,…   read more »

    Walking the Tightrope

      When teaching leaders about the need to become highly effective influencers, somebody inevitably asks me the following question:  “When does influence become manipulation”? It’s a fair and important question, because influence can easily lapse into manipulation, and any of us can quickly fall off that “tightrope” as we walk the fine line between the two. Let’s look at definitions…   read more »

    4 Tips for Powerful Presentations

    Looking to polish your presentation skills?  Check out these 4  simple strategies you can apply immediately to be more powerful and effective in any setting!

    Career Accelerator #4 Traveling Partners

    Traveling Partners to Accelerate Your Career So much of our American culture makes me proud; the pure grit, inventiveness and  desire ( though not yet fully realized ) to allow every individual to flourish. But when it comes to our careers, rugged individualism is a myth. When I look at my journey, it’s so clear that I stand on the…   read more »

    Career Accelerator #2 Making a Map

    In my last post I shared the crucial need for each of us to have our own personal compass to navigate the terrain of a career transitions. Our personal values and strengths form a reliable compass which helps us to make the trek successfully. But finding your ideal career fit also requires an updated “map” that defines the terrain. Today’s…   read more »

    Deconstruct to Reconstruct

            Last Friday four muscular young guys arrived at our house and started in; it was finally time to re-roof. After years of patching and economizing we really needed to do it. So, they started in with fervor as they ripped off the 22 year old shakes and took it down to the framing and insulation. The house looked startlingly naked….   read more »

    Coaching and the Brain

    Coaching seems to be all the rage. There are coaching courses, degrees and institutes. You can find a coach for relationships, health, spiritual development and even organic gardening. Though coaching may seem like yet another fad, I’m convinced it is here to stay. Why? Well, not just because I myself am a coach for leaders and teams and have had the joy of seeing amazing results in people’s work and…   read more »

    The Power of Support in Growing Leadership

      Today was a good day. Actually; a very good day…one of those days when you get in your car after a long awaited meeting finally takes place and you are more than pleased with the results. (As anyone knows who is reading this; those days can be few and far between!) After six months of planning, enrolling and communicating,…   read more »

    Leading Through Powerful Questions

    As managers and leaders, we often feel we are paid primarily for “answers” to help solve the many challenges that surround us. At times, this is true, but is only part of the success equation.  Learning to ask penetrating and insightful questions from a genuinely open and curious mindset is a powerful leadership skill.  With most employees and customers “flying…   read more »

    Yearning for Wisdom

         What’s the most valuable trait for leaders today? Many would probably say intellect, or some might advocate for emotional intelligence; others might cite the need for a deep and wide network of contacts, educational background or pedigree. I would agree with others that courage is pretty high on the list , especially as it appears to be in…   read more »