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Show Them You Care:  Listen with Curiosity

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...

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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. You offer and receive a gift, The one listened to […]

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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 others as you would have them do unto you) and, although it […]

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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 in their life who they felt could offer […]

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What Does Success Look Like?

While moving into a new office recently, I stumbled upon four boxes of unused staples that were more than 30 years old.  Flash back to my first business.  I certainly knew my craft, but I hardly knew how to manage a business, yet alone how to manage a team. The details.  I had a business […]

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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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