Learning to Respond Instead of React

Learning to Respond Instead of React

When we react rather than respond to any given situation, it could feel like we are the ball in the pinball machine, we get pinged and dinged back and forth, side to side and before we have any time to rebound, we fall down the drain. Sound familiar? If you want to stop bouncing around and get some control in...

The Motive by Patrick Lencioni

Once you pick up Patrick Lencioni’s The Motive and start reading, you won’t be able to set it down until you’ve completely read it cover to cover. Today, I did just that:  four hours later, I realized why Lencioni’s simple storytelling is so effective and anything but simplistic. It reads with the ease of a story a friend might share...

A Journey of a Thousand Miles Starts with a Positive Mindset

A Journey of a Thousand Miles Starts with a Positive Mindset

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step but for some it’s a journey never taken. From the start, they lack clarity of purpose and instead of leading with the courage to take chances, they are overcome with the fear of failure. They forget the path to success lies in motivation, gratitude and a positive self-image. At...

Looking Back to Move Forward

On Your Mark, Get Set, Review! Does this sound familiar? It’s February already and as we reflect on the progress of our goal-setting to date, we find ourselves taking stock of year-long activity, what worked well, what didn’t, and what could have been done better. We get a bit anxious about the year ahead, excitement builds with new beginnings in...

How Do We Break Bad Leadership Habits? Let’s Start by Supporting the Middle Manager

How Do We Break Bad Leadership Habits? Let’s Start by Supporting the Middle Manager

What does effective leadership look like? Is it about leaving a legacy, or leading one? True leaders learn to involve others, use their influence to help them grow and inspire them to make great decisions and to be of service to others. Leadership starts from the top down, setting great examples by role modeling exemplary behaviour, not just talking about...

What Really Matters…

What Really Matters…

As I write these words, they are the unedited thoughts spilling from my heart. Death comes unexpected. Unlike a guest or a friend who let you know ahead of time, death doesn’t ask permission, it just arrives. So, as we search for our humanity, we find our humility in the acknowledgement that everything we own, all that we have accomplished,...

Listening to Make Sense

Listening to Make Sense

What does good listening sound like? That’s right – nothing.  But how can the sound of nothing be so important? Well, because communication makes up more than 70% of our day, with about 55% of that time devoted to listening. So, isn’t it time we tweak this skill? Good listening starts with being quiet. That means giving a speaker your...

Building Respect Through Trust: Putting Power in Empowerment

Building Respect Through Trust:  Putting Power in Empowerment

Trust is the foundation of strong leadership. As simple as that may sound, it’s the truth. Workplaces founded on trust establish credibility, loyalty and mutual respect. Trust motivates employees to build authentic relationships and feel committed to their leadership through a sense of ownership and pride in the work they do. The result: they feel empowered to work from the...

Let the Facts Speak for Themselves

Let the Facts Speak for Themselves

“Brevity is the soul of wit.” —William Shakespeare After spending a significant chunk of time researching an internal tool, the day finally came for me to present my findings and get executive approval for the investment. I prepared an hour-long presentation, during which time I would walk my sponsors through the details of my research before making a recommendation. However,...

On Your Mark, Get Set, Goal!

On Your Mark, Get Set, Goal!

It’s a new year and 40% of Americans will make resolutions but only 8% will be successful at keeping them. While there’s never a wrong time to improve yourself, setting resolutions, or goals, might be daunting. Achieving them isn’t impossible. This is especially true if you start thinking of goals in terms of motivation, and how to make a lasting,...

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