Leadership and Workplace, Strategies for Personal Change

Life Hack: Why You Should Breathe On Purpose

Recently I was guest on the Leadership Hacks Podcast with my esteemed colleague, Jill Windelspecht, a fellow executive coach and organization consultant. Jill invited me to bring my best hack (shortcut/workaround) to the conversation, so I showed up with the most basic tool in my box: Breathing. You’ve heard me say it before: if you want to be a better …

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The Secret to Success of the Rapid Culture Assimilation™ Process

The Four Building Blocks Rapid Culture Assimilation™ succeeds on a foundation of four Building Blocks: Building Block #1: Clarity You know exactly where you want the organization to go, and what the future looks like, right?  Ah, but does everyone else share the same vision? Sadly, and despite your many PowerPoint presentations, probably not. Using an adaptation of the Teachable …

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Tips To Create an Unhappy Workforce

Most employees are already Unhappy, so it doesn’t take much effort to nudge them into Insecurity, as well. Here’s a quick reminder of how easy it is to keep your ungrateful subordinates in their place: under your control.** Keep Them Guessing. Tell them nothing that’s not essential to their tiny little jobs. First, it’s none of their business. Second, they’re probably too …

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Exercises to Strengthen Your Emotional Muscles

If you are in a management role, it’s highly likely that you are one of the smartest people in your organization. But smart does not always transfer to “successful.” 67% of the long-term success of a leader is predicted by Emotional Intelligence, or your ability to notice and manage your own emotions, read others’ emotions, and build positive relationships. The following …

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You Won’t Be Good At What You Don’t Do

You would probably not expect to place well in a swimming event if you only got into the pool once in six months. And if you need to generate custom reports from that new software, you’ll probably seek training and experience to increase your comfort with the programming parameters. When you engage in anything on a frequent basis, you become better at it …

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Focus on the Vital Few Priorities to Improve Your Productivity

How much of your stress comes from trying to juggle too many roles, goals, and projects simultaneously? If you’re like many people, you expect a lot – of self and others – on the job. While you may have a dozen or more items on your project list, remember that the maximum most people can juggle well is five to seven …

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If you’re not uncomfortable, you’re not leading

People don’t like to be uncomfortable. I cannot recall the last time I had a conversation with a leader where the subject of “difficult conversations” about performance did not come up as one of their most feared situations. Second to that is concern about telling people that “change is coming.” Meanwhile, we face the reality that forward progress inevitably requires change, …

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Down Time is Productive Time

Have you ever watched an auto race? Cars chase around the track at high speeds and occasionally pull into the Pit. The car gets jacked up and instantly the Pit Crew swarm the car like ants on a sugar cookie. For a few minutes there is a whirlwind of non-stop activity as drills spin, bolts fly, tires rotate, fluids flow, and …

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Is Your Open Door Policy Killing You?

My executive clients often tell me they have great difficulty with strategy time. The issue usually presents itself like this: “I can’t find the time to think when I’m constantly being interrupted.” OK, why are you constantly being interrupted? “We have an Open Door Policy, and people stop by constantly to talk with me.” What does your Open Door policy actually …

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You’re never too old to learn and grow (I hope!)

“Our ability to grow is directly proportional to our ability to entertain the uncomfortable.” ~Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life A recent email exchange within one of my coaching groups addressed our discomfort with being stretched outside our comfort zone. I share this story with (the author) Carole’s permission: “A few weeks ago my 97-year-old father-in-law …

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