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How’s your listening?

How's your listening? Most leaders like to talk. We know communication is an essential leadership tool, but do we place the same level of emphasis and importance on active listening as we do communicating? We should. I love this quote by Edgar Watson Howe," No man would listen to you talk if he didn't know it was his turn next."  Yes, it's comical, but there may be some truth to it. Unfortunately, that may describe the way too many of us approach communication -- people are too busy waiting for their turn to really focus on the conversation as opposed to gaining knowledge and insight into what the other person is sharing. Are you guilty of that? I know I have [...]

By | 2020-05-27T12:04:00+00:00 May 27th, 2020|Coaching, Development, Leadership|0 Comments

Are you teachable?

As leaders we have the potential to face the danger of status quo. We are focused on supporting and developing our team, growing our business, and in today's current environment, we're learning new ways to manage, lead, and drive results remotely. At the end of the day, it's easy to neglect our own personal growth and development. Throughout my career, I have learned that we must remain teachable -- we must be on a journey of lifetime growth. A mentor of mine asked me this simple question, "When was the last time you did something for the first time?" Pause, and re-read that again. When was the last time YOU did something for the first time? Powerful question, right? When [...]

By | 2020-05-20T12:50:34+00:00 May 20th, 2020|Coaching, Development, Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments

Dear Covid-19

Dear Covid-19, You arrived like a thief in the night. You are walking around like a roaring lion seeking his prey. It is true, you have had some victories. Our hearts and prayers are with loved ones who are suffering, or have experienced loss. But here is what you must know: YOU JUST WOKE UP THE SLEEPING GIANT. You see C-19, you have temporarily disrupted our everyday lives, but we have something that will last forever. You may not want to hear about it, but I'll give it to you anyway. You better be listening. You, ready? Here it comes: you can't take away our love for each other and our country, or our resilience and our perseverance. What you did provide us [...]

By | 2020-05-13T19:09:28+00:00 May 13th, 2020|Empowering|0 Comments

Inspire your team to persevere

Inspire your team to persevere. I have been reflecting on the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton. He led the entire crew of his ship, Endurance, to safety after being marooned on an ice floe for 15 months. Forced to abandon his original plan to cross the Antarctic, Shackleton's story holds strong lessons for leaders facing uncontrollable change. Here are a few of his actions that you can put in place today that helped his people -- and will help yours -- keep the faith during periods of upheaval. Redefine achievable goals:  people need clear goals to keep their spirits and productivity up. Shackleton told his crew they would live on the ice pack until it broke up and then use the ship's [...]

By | 2020-05-05T18:38:07+00:00 May 6th, 2020|Coaching, Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments

Balance optimism and realism during turmoil and change. 

As leaders it is important we demonstrate confidence during change and upheaval. However, I have learned most people can tell when I am being overly optimistic. Here is how I have learned to strike a balance between the positive and the pragmatic: Show your enthusiasm: rather than tell people to look on the bright side, strive to model optimism. Check your body language and other nonverbal cues to make sure they're not telling a different story. Don't blow smoke: avoid putting a false spin on decisions or events that may be difficult to handle. Recognize obstacles: don't overdo optimism to the point of ignoring barriers, limitations, and mistakes. Maintain open lines of communication: make it understood that you want people, especially your key people, [...]

By | 2020-04-30T18:37:16+00:00 April 30th, 2020|Coaching|0 Comments