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5 Steps to Coach a Friend and Keep the Friendship

A friend approaches you with an issue. What do you do?   Our first impulse is usually to offer advice – human beings are natural problem solvers. Remember the last time someone gave you advice or tried to solve your problem? Did you like it or did you resent it? Did...

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Leaders Make Tough Decisions

Leaders Make Tough Decisions

“This is eating me alive.  I have to fire one-third of my staff.  I love them.  They are all amazing.  How can I possibly choose?”  This recent conversation was real and raw and likely what many of us are facing right now.  The choices feel impossible.  The team is solid and high performing.  There is […]

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Ending the Year with the Same Baggage?

Ending the Year with the Same Baggage?

What baggage are you carrying forward from the beginning of the year that was left unaddressed during the year?  It’s a hard question to ponder and to face, yet crucial if you are to enter a new decade with a clear plan for completion.  There is nothing more draining to a business than a nagging […]

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Are you a Boss in a Bubble?

Are you a Boss in a Bubble?

All leaders need a combination of feedback and information.  If you are in the rare position of regularly receiving open and honest feedback and complete information, celebrate and pass this article by.  As a manager, you are generally only getting partial information, and rare personal feedback.   That creates a problem for planning, decision making, relationships […]

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The Distraction of Unresolved Workplace Emotions

The Distraction of Unresolved Workplace Emotions

“This whole thing could take the entire company down.”   My more-than-frustrated colleague was concerned about the distraction from one of his business teams – and understandably so.  A stand-off between two managers, based on their individual perceptions who and what was right or wrong – had elevated to theater.  More pointedly, it was theater of […]

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Make Emotional Intelligence Work For You

Has Emotional Intelligence become a buzzword that has lost its meaning? Could it be time to slow down and actually define and understand what we mean by such a vital skillset? Mastering emotional intelligence requires the same level of diligence as mastering any...

Three Secrets to Bust Through Your Comfort Zone and Lead

A key leadership job is to take intelligent risks while assessing where limiting beliefs, old habits, and overused behaviors have you stuck. That place described above is your comfort zone. It’s where you go to feel safe and in the know. Here’s the conundrum - no...

Are You Criticizing or Improving?

  From the book, The Humanized Leader: What’s the difference between criticism and feedback? Criticism attacks. What’s more, it attacks the person. It is sneaky as it disguises itself as trying to keep the other person safe – think of critical parents. It is more...

Show Them You Care: Listen with Curiosity

  Communication is rich and effective when people are assured you have their best interests at heart.   “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”  -Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of The United States  Communication that is...

Be Human with your Feedback

Recently, a few clients shared their “difficulties” about offering feedback. They expressed a combination of reluctance, unwillingness, inability and frustration. "What do I say?" "How do I say it?" Some were coming across way...

For Future Success, Know Thyself Now

It’s that time of year again – goal setting, promises to self, resolutions, dreams and wishes. I’m not knocking the process. Done well, one can create a solid path forward with accountability and celebration. If we are to be serious with ourselves, it can sometimes be...

5 Steps to Coach a Friend and Keep the Friendship

A friend approaches you with an issue. What do you do?   Our first impulse is usually to offer advice – human beings are natural problem solvers. Remember the last time someone gave you advice or tried to solve your problem? Did you like it or did you resent it? Did...

Leaders Make Tough Decisions

“This is eating me alive.  I have to fire one-third of my staff.  I love them.  They are all amazing.  How can I possibly choose?”  This recent conversation was real and raw and likely what many of us are facing right now.  The choices feel impossible.  The team is solid and high performing.  There is […]

Ending the Year with the Same Baggage?

What baggage are you carrying forward from the beginning of the year that was left unaddressed during the year?  It’s a hard question to ponder and to face, yet crucial if you are to enter a new decade with a clear plan for completion.  There is nothing more draining to a business than a nagging […]

Are you a Boss in a Bubble?

All leaders need a combination of feedback and information.  If you are in the rare position of regularly receiving open and honest feedback and complete information, celebrate and pass this article by.  As a manager, you are generally only getting partial information, and rare personal feedback.   That creates a problem for planning, decision making, relationships […]

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The Distraction of Unresolved Workplace Emotions

“This whole thing could take the entire company down.”   My more-than-frustrated colleague was concerned about the distraction from one of his business teams – and understandably so.  A stand-off between two managers, based on their individual...

Transformation is a Leap of Faith

Leaders Inspired is in the business of supporting leadership transformation for individuals and their teams.  Transformation is a big concept. The dictionary defines it as a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance.  Someone who aspires to be a...

People, Profit or Process?

People, profit or process?  To decide one over the other is a lot like the question of which came first – the chicken or the egg.  What does come first?  A focus on people, clear business goals that result in profit or process to execute the...

Whole Hearted Listening

You think you are a good listener.  You mostly are not. All kinds of human things get in the way of listening in a whole-hearted way.  They could be perceptions of time, your need to reply, a desire to fix the situation, disinterest, or any other array of...

What are You Permitting By Your Failure to Address It?

What you tolerate, you permit.  What you judge, gets repeated.  Humans tend to show up in extremes – either you are turning a blind eye, or you are super critical to the nth degree. With this in mind, you are constantly in a ping pong game of permitting things that...

Own Your Side of The Street

Is there anything you need to clear up with anyone in your business or life?  Let’s do it.    Clearing up with another person is about owning your side of the street for whatever drama or story you have been carrying around for however long that has been.  It’s about...

Shhhhh! Listen.

We have stopped listening. It’s apparent everywhere you turn. The media screams, the White House screams, the streets scream, and – in your face all the time – social media screams. The greatest gift given to another is to listen. You create connection and meaning....

Practice the Platinum Rule

While guesting with the fabulous Frankie Picasso on her Mission Unstoppable Podcast recently, we got to talking about what kind of behavior impacts engagement. She reminded me of the Platinum Rule. Now, you might be thinking…I know about the Golden Rule (Do unto...

Who is Your Leadership Lifeline

I liked Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. It was exciting, surprising and nerve-wracking to witness who would roll the dice, what they knew and when they needed help. One of my favorite concepts was the "lifeline". When stuck, the player could cast a lifeline to someone...

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