Monthly Archives: January 2020


Management vs. Leadership

Is there one superior to the other?  Is there a distinction?  What is the distinction?   Management is processes that keep people and technology running smoothly.  In simple terms- its systems, procedures and processes.  All must be “managed” to produce the outcomes required.   The important aspects of management are:  planning, budgeting, organizing, staffing, controlling, problem solving.   Leadership creates the organization,  casts the vision and leads change.  In simple terms: it's influence, it's people.   Author and Harvard Professor John Kotter in his book: Force for Change, asserts when the above aspects of management function effectively, there is a degree of predictability.  This can produce short term results.   The important aspects of leadership are: establishing and communicating direction, [...]

By |2020-04-20T01:11:35+00:00January 30th, 2020|Leadership|0 Comments

Listen More. Talk Less.

Many people would say listening means hearing.  Hearing is actually a physical act.  Listening is a more intentional and emotional act.  When we hear- we accept the sounds- when we  truly listen- we understand what is said.   When we listen intentionally, we are engaged in an active verse passive activity.   One of the keys to effective listening is to have less focus on ourselves and place the focus on the other person.   We need to listen more and talk less.  A good coach/leader must practice the art of effective listening.   When you think about it, the need to be listened to is a deep sound need in all of us.  It’s simple, when people don’t listen to [...]

By |2020-04-20T00:30:57+00:00January 28th, 2020|Coaching, Development, Leadership|0 Comments

Listening as a Core Competency

Better listening is critical for all of us in connecting and building relationships.  We all know it is better to understand than be understood.   Author and business consultant, Tom Peters, in his book The Little Big Things talks about listening is a core competency every relationship must possess.   What most people want is to be understood.  Most people want to believe and feel that what they say matters.  How true and critical this is for us in our day to day.   By effective listening, we communicate the value we have for the person’s thoughts.  Listening not only demonstrates care but also understanding their wants.  Listening says- what matters to you is all that matters.   In his [...]

By |2020-04-20T00:31:51+00:00January 24th, 2020|Coaching, Leadership|0 Comments

Be a Giver

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but generosity brings life to all parties involved.   As leaders, we have the privilege to give in many ways.  Our generosity is not limited to our financial resources.  However, what better feeling is there than to give your resources to another in need, and support causes we care about. “When one candle lights another- there are now two lit candles.”   We can give our time and energy to causes.  Volunteerism is our honor and privilege.  Organizations (civic, charitable, industry etc.) need talents and skills of effective leaders.  We all have the time.  It is true.  The old saying “busy people get things done."  Our communities need our wisdom, talents and skills to [...]

By |2020-04-20T00:27:17+00:00January 21st, 2020|Coaching, Leadership|0 Comments

The Authentic Leader

A good question to ask ourselves from time to time is: am I truly an authentic leader?  Do others see me under the filter of authenticity?   I am learning authenticity begins with living out our values.  What we truly care about, (not just talk about) and live by that code daily is the beginning of being an authentic leader.   I believe people deserve a leader who is true to what matters most.   In addition, pursuing our purpose is another demonstration of being an authentic leader.   Most of us having mission statements, purpose statements etc.  In fact, they are likely in writing and prominently displayed.   A reminder for all of us  is to live out our [...]

By |2020-04-20T00:11:32+00:00January 18th, 2020|Coaching, Development, Leadership|0 Comments
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