Clarity and Leadership

In recent reports on the qualities of optimal leadership, it was noted that most individuals in leadership positions see themselves as tasked exclusively and strictly with: Planning Decision making Developing structure Identifying sustainable processes and practices The goal of leadership may vary slightly, most agreed, but those responsibilities seemed to be a universal set of…

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Team work Takes Team Building

Do you have any interest in team sports? What about professional team sports? If so, imagine your favorite team of the moment. Now, imagine them hitting the field, court, ice or whatever surface they’ll play on, without a moment’s practice. Even if that team is comprised of the sport’s best players ever, without that practice…

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Pleasing

Pleasing or Serving

Are you Pleasing yourself and others or are you Serving? To please or to serve, that is the question. I first read about this concept in Steve Chandler’s book “Crazy Good” where he talks about the difference between Pleasing and Serving. I find this a very powerful distinction.    People Pleasing You may think this only…

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Leaders

The Not Knowing Leaders

In Leadership Development programs, we often encourage leaders to be more “Coach-like” in their interactions. Meaning to not simply provide an answer or direction but to be curious, dig deeper and to have people come up with their own answers as much as possible. This approach creates challenges for a lot of leaders for many…

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Conflicting Messages

Conflicting Messages Abound

What Dominates in a Conflicting Messages Conflict? Remember from Grade School: “When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking, and says its own name.” (It isn’t always true – nothing is.) Conflicting messages are like that. I’ve been wondering about when two opposing messages go walking together, which one does the talking.…

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