Leadership

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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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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Being Someone Syndrome: the Leader We Already Are

When I was a kid I wanted to be just like Shaun Cassidy. Heck, I wanted to BE Shaun Cassidy. Now sometimes I wish, oh I wish, I were just like Brené Brown. She’s always been twenty steps ahead of me. Every time she comes out with a new book or a new theme in…

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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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What CEOs and Interns Have Most In Common

Mostly they fall from cliffs or ledges having strayed from the public trails, according to the shuttle bus driver. Well, dozens fall each year but only a handful lose their lives. I thought about what a terrible shame that would be as I watched a group of day hikers descending into the canyon below. It…

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Drunk on Data: this C-Suite Compulsion May Lead to a Nasty Hang-Over

SEEMED REASONABLE TO ME Some years ago as a newly hired member of the management team, I was invited to be one of several managers to conduct focus groups with staff following a comprehensive culture survey. The process seemed thorough and thoughtful to me. Management had heard concerns from their teams. They’d commissioned a firm…

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Gut Check – Live the Values

We spend lots of time and effort developing Values Statements. And then what? Don’t wait for some pronouncement from the CEO. Take responsibility for thinking about how YOU demonstrate those declared values every day. Subscribe to our blog, CHOOSE:

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6 Habits of A Gutsy Workplace

What is “gutsy workplace?” How do you know if you are one? And what are some ways to create one? A GUTSY WORKPLACE Other words for gutsy are bold, daring, courageous, plucky, spirited, adventurous, audacious, fearless, intrepid. You get the picture. Yet we usually associate this quality with a person as opposed to a whole…

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Gut Check – Where You Need Courage

Hey there! You’re here for a little boost on “courage.” If you’re in a time of transition and change, or facing major leadership challenges and need a BIGGER boost, check out COURAGE CAMP.  

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