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The Demand of BIG Change: Thrive in Upheaval

Incremental change eases participants through transitions. BIG change—at the level complete upheaval—can feel like a sucker punch to the gut. How we respond to the demand of big change determines whether we just survive or thrive through the experience. Clients I work with are often facing or seeking change; there’s value and comfort in knowing [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:20+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Change, Executing Successfully, Overcoming Challenge|

Happiness at Work: Achievable? Yes

Fulltime employees may spend a minimum of 2,000 hours in the workplace annually. Imagine the difference in impact and productivity between spending those hours being even moderately miserable versus joyfully inspired. According to author Kris Boesch, “When people feel good about coming to work it ripples into the community, into the homes and coffee shops [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:20+00:00 May 28th, 2017|Executing Successfully, Leadership, Org Culture|

How to Derail Decisions & Sabotage Success

It’s too late to turn back now. We’re different. That won’t work here. Recognize these? Statements like these represent what Jack Quarles calls “expensive sentences”—the title of his latest book. In Expensive Sentences: Debunking the Common Myths that Derail Decisions and Sabotage Success, Quarles helps leaders recognize and address such faulty assumptions. Expensive sentences can be [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 February 5th, 2017|Executing Successfully|

Yes. I Am Asking For It

Let’s talk great feedback. What exactly is “great” feedback? We know it when we hear it, right? Unfortunately, we don’t often get helpful, timely feedback—let alone great feedback. This post reviews potential issues that influence the value of feedback and opportunities for generating and leveraging great feedback. Most of us appreciate hearing when our contributions [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 August 18th, 2016|Executing Successfully, Leader Development, Leadership|

Leadership Manifesto

News media, particularly over the past decade, tends to suggest leadership failure as the norm. Reporting blunders, from foolish faux pas to serious ethical breaches, invites us to believe that great leadership is so rare as to be hardly attainable. When things go wrong, we see the painful outcomes in print, broadcast on television, and [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 March 15th, 2016|Executing Successfully, Leader Development, Purpose|

True or False: Notice the Story

We humans are storytelling machines. For everything we see, hear and encounter, our brains instantly suggest assumptions to support a quick response. When do stories offer an advantage? On the way to the airport for a recent trip, I saw two men about a half-mile apart. The first was mid-twenties, in shorts and an olive [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Executing Successfully, Leadership|

5 Steps to Identify Awesome Hires

In his recent LinkedIn post, Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite writes about optimal team sizes. The number to manage scaled growth successfully at Hootsuite is 10. But not just any ten. Holmes advocates for investing the vetting time to identify the right team members. In a prior organization, our leadership team came together to honestly assess [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:22+00:00 August 5th, 2015|Executing Successfully, Leadership|

Chunks and Grit: Soul Rockin’ Formula for Success

Matthew Alan Sneed, used with permission January’s end approaches … you still have time to make progress on important objectives. Sadly, the first wave of individuals left their resolutions behind. We’ll hear all manner of rationalization from these folk, but let’s be clear: they gave up. And each person probably gave up [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:22+00:00 January 27th, 2015|Executing Successfully, Leadership, Overcoming Challenge|

Five Secrets for 2015 Success

(c) 2013 Kathryn Bingham Gate and Path photo All Rights Reserved Transitioning from year-end to new year tends to prompt thoughts about what we’d like to be different in life and work. Did you craft a list of objectives or resolutions? If so, you’ll need a strategy. Let these five secrets start you [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:22+00:00 January 3rd, 2015|Essentialism, Executing Successfully, Leadership|