Engagement

5 Precious Lessons of 2017

As the year comes to a close. As I entertain old friends visiting from abroad. As I savor hot days frolicking with my young sons in our back yard pool.  As I step back and breathe, giving myself time to recharge after a rather exhausting year filled with new opportunity and creative collaboration. I feel…excited.…

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A Gracious Leader’s Secret Skill

Creating Beauty. There, we said it.  After a month of blogging on grace, we’ve summed it up with this maybe-not-so-simple piece of advice:  if you want to be a gracious leader then become intentional about creating beauty. And yes, we said beauty. We use words like  “beauty” and “joy” and “lighthearted” that people think don’t…

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Business Buddha: the Place for Grace in Selling

To my right, in the middle seat, a young woman on her way back home to the Poconos after visiting mom in Prescott quietly reads. I’d unintentionally cut in front of her while joining the line to board in the terminal. “Oh, gosh, I’m so sorry.” “No worries, we’re all headed the same place.” We’d…

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Gut Check – Be Gracious

Grace. Yes, that’s right I said “grace.” There’s so much misunderstanding and so much mistrust going around these days. Not only in the world out there but in our places of work. So what about bringing some more grace and graciousness into how we go about our business? Subscribe to our blog, CHOOSE:

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Little Tricks, Big Treats

October has been all about masks here: the masks we wear in our workplace that make us feel stronger, more capable – safer. As we said at the start of the month: “We all have masks we wear, personas we adopt. But some feel like an extension of ourselves and some like an imposition on…

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How Being Human Is Strategic

Quizzical gazes. Pursed lips. Crossed arms. Awkward silences. These are the reactions we observe from, oh, around half of the people who join one of our workshops for the first time. Within just a few minutes we’re talking about “being more human.” We’re urging everyone to reflect deeply about their sense of calling and beliefs.…

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Gut Check – Be a Teacher

We have been exploring the value of being a good student. Being a student is one way to discover joy in our work.  Being a student enables us to cultivate a sense of humility. Being a student helps us sharpen our skill of asking great questions. When you think about it, all of those are…

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#1 Most Under-Rated Leadership Skill: Are You Curious?

As leaders, the greatest tools at our disposal are questions. It sounds too basic, right? In our world of boundless progress and technology, how can it be that the lowly Question retains so much power?  But in our experience, questions are your secret weapons, your secret sauce.  Deployed correctly, questions will start to transform your…

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No More Hamster Wheel: Try Conscientious Social Content

You’re probably reading this on your phone. In between tasks. While avoiding tasking. En route to another task. Social media has become the oil in the joints of our day, ensuring there’s never silence or even just quiet. Taking us out of our offices, out of whatever chair we’re seated in, into a bustling, jostling…

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One Big Lie That Drags Us All Down

I’m like you. I’ve found myself telling the same Big Lie over the years and letting it get the best of me. So we’re in this all together, no worries. Thinking back over my own career—as a young professional, middle manager, executive leader, and even as a consultant and coach—the same Big Lie has found…

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