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Finding Flow (Or Getting It Back)

Working in “flow” feels effortlessly powerful. Time passes fluidly. Inspiration, creativity, and productivity synchronize and energize. Tapping flow, the priorities get done. Work that aligns with my passion and purpose inspires me to be “in flow.” Also, certain routines and supporting systems help me get into flow. When my environment recently changed, my flow felt [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:20+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Leadership, Overcoming Challenge, Personal Change|

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|

Mistakes, I’ve Made A Few

I love the wisdom of Henry Ford: Failure is only the opportunity to intelligently begin again. Emphasizing the word “intelligently” provides important insight to the process of evaluating and learning from our mistakes. What we believe about failure and how we respond contribute to resiliency and recovery from mistakes. Our attitude toward error enables resiliency. [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Leadership, Overcoming Challenge|

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|

Life calls. How do you respond?

One of the many memorable scenes from the movie Forrest Gump has the then-heavily bearded character running down a street. A man, running along side, states the obvious: Gump has just run through a pile of dog poop. Gump’s timeless response? “It happens!” While stepping in sh-t is yucky, messy, smelly, and somewhat unfortunate, let’s [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Leadership|

Invest in Yourself: 4 Strategies to Elevate Your Leadership

In my mind, I hear a wise influencer’s wry statement: “No change, no change.” Translation: if inputs (person, process, strategy, etc.) don’t change, the outcome will not shift towards desired results. Whether an executive or leader seeks to increase his or her impact, assure organizational objectives, shape—or reshape—perceptions, expand influence, or become unstuck from unsatisfying [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Leader Development|

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|

Leadership Book List

Time and again, I’m asked to recommend books on leadership and related topics—especially after (1) someone gets a peek at my library and topic designated bookcases spread throughout my office and home, or (2) I’ve given a speech or presentation. As a result, I’m compiling a series of reading list handouts. In today’s post, I [...]

2017-08-14T12:47:21+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Leader Development, Leadership|