You can’t change people but you can always eat Chocolate!

Every coaching client is unique, yet occasionally I fall into situational vortex in which (it seems) everyone I’m coaching shows up with the same issue.  In the past few weeks that challenge has been Other People:  “My director this, my coworker that, my boss is, my partner should, I wish she would, I’m frustrated he won’t….” and so on.  The …

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Who Are You Being As a Leader?

The story you tell yourself about WHO you are has a huge impact on your leadership style. For example, if you declare yourself to be Efficient, your personal filters may zero in on deadlines and use of resources. Decisive may show up as moving fast and being in control. The more your work outcomes depend on other people, the more …

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Your Intelligence Makes You Invaluable

Have you ever felt that you had nothing to offer…no gifts to share whatsoever? During spells of frustration or despair, it’s common to feel worthless. It can seem that everyone else is far more brilliant, beautiful and worthy of consideration. In times like these, take solace in the one thing that you can offer that no-one else can: your unique …

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Rapid Communication is the Most Powerful tool

When I was a young supervisor fresh from college I was thrown into a turbulent division experiencing 400% growth. The lead underwriter took me under her wing and taught me valuable lessons for dealing with that kind of chaos. “Never leave a problem file sitting on your desk over a weekend,” Jackie taught me. “Problems multiply in the dark like …

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When Fear and Anger Affect Decision-making

Today’s is a guest post by my LA-based colleague, Sharon Rich, who captures beautifully the danger of making decisions based in fear. AND REMEMBER TO VOTE ON TUESDAY! Quote from Sharon: “The best thing for us all in politics, business or life, regardless of whether you lean toward conservative, independent or liberal views, is to reject fear-based thinking (which can come from either side) get the facts and make the best decisions we can, based on our values.”

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Censorship: I can only see what I choose to see

Excerpt: There are, almost always, MULTIPLE correct answers. Be careful of believing that the platforms of the anointed ones are the Only Correct Answer. I’m not suggesting I have the best answer; I just beg you to notice that you cannot see what you choose not to see. (read more)

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Positive Leadership Addictions

If you want to know more about what makes employees happy just take a look at yourself for the answers. What makes you happy about your job? Don’t you find that when you are happy and enjoy the work you do, you actually do better work, your energy level is high, and you have a greater sense of accomplishment? Here are some GOOD addictions to have if you serve as a leader to others. (read more)

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Are You a Maximizer? Part 1

Take the Maximizer Assessment and then consider how you behave when faced with making a CHOICE — do you insist on always the Absolute Best, or are you okay with Good Enough for most decisions? How you respond can predict the degree of stress you feel around exercising your freedom to choose!

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Don't Use these Four Dirty Words at Work!

Here are four words that you should not tolerate in the workplace: FAKE – this is toxic for a leader.  If you do not show up in an Authentic way, people will sense it.  Be genuine. FEAR – when we are uncomfortable, we tend to withdraw.  Leaders must step into the DIScomfort of difficult conversations, doing what is right in …

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