Leadership Skills

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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Gut Check – Remove Your Mask

We often hide behind a facade in the workplace. We do it out of habit. We do it to protect ourselves. Usually this mask of ours draw upon some of our strength. That’s good. But the mask also hides many other parts of ourself that we really ought to draw upon. So, think about what…

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Be Very Afraid: How Our Fears Can Work For Us

There’s one statement we at BraveShift hardly hear spoken in workplaces. And yet it echoes off the halls. Silent and yet screamed, absent and yet everywhere, it’s as simple and familiar as it is taboo. A phrase we can probably remember saying when we were children – when Dad turned the lights off at bedtime,…

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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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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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