Leadership Skills

Fallacies of a 21st Century Workplace

Small, subtle, gestures can produce a big effect. Take my habit of enjoying a glass of red wine most evenings. Back when I was thirty years old I barely touched wine. It‘s a habit that developed gradually. Now at 50 I’ve taken the decision to cut back…having something to do with an increasingly heroic battle…

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We’re All Thumbs!

My phone pings, buzzes or vibrates almost constantly. Work colleagues. Friends, local and around the world. My kids’ school.   When I put it on silent and try to focus on finishing a task I look down to a full screen.   Messages. All of them. I hardly ever get phone calls anymore. Phone calls…

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8 Magic Questions to Transform Your Workday

A strange thing has happened across American workplaces over the past several decades: some walls have come down, yet other walls are higher than ever before. Think about it: most of us work in open-plan offices, created, in theory, to promote openness, transparency, a lack of hierarchy. (And to save money, of course.) The physical…

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Gut Check-Patterns Tell You

Without much notice we slip into patterns. Routines are helpful. Consistency can be comforting. But within those patterns of ours we can find signs about where change may be needed. So look back on some of your patterns, and discover what you’ll do differently going forward.

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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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I Love My Inner Grinch

“It could be his head wasn’t screwed on just right. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.” You probably know the story. Many of us can recite much of the poem. And I know I, for one, eagerly flip through my cable program guide every year at this time looking for it.…

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Courageous Grace: A New Kind of Accountability

A certain workplace scenario has played out more times than we can count. And it goes something like this: Local and Vocal Frazzled executive or burnt out leader calls in consultants to deal with “disengagement” or “low morale”. Said leader describes disaffection in a specific team or cohort, vague yet ominous, a series of interventions…

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Change Your Life: Be a Grace Spotter

Grace. It’s one of those words you find yourself looking up. And then feeling silly for doing so. Of course you know what “grace” is, right? There’s the “gracious host” or the “graceful dancer”. But when trying to picture an everyday version of grace – of grace at work — we draw a blank. Like…

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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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