Progressive Management

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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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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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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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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10 Actions for Being a Healing Workplace

In part 1 of this article, we recognized a significant challenge faced by so many executives and teams today: creating the conditions that allow people to process emotional dissonance in the workplace. Stating the problem in more basic terms: People experience emotions at their job, but we try to deny that feelings have their place…

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Pain Rules: Be a Healing Workplace

You’ve probably observed at least a few of these problematic dynamics in your workplace recently: gossip and cliques inter-departmental conflict complaints about management decision-making frustration over a lack of accountability poor supervisor-supervisee interactions repeated demands for more learning opportunities inter-generational misunderstanding certain individuals working late all the time certain individuals doing the absolute minimum arguing…

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Gut Check – Fun & Laughter

Letting our hair down to be REAL and to allow for fun and laughter in the workplace…oddly even that can be intimidating for some of us, sometimes. Maybe we don’t find enough laughter because there’s something deeper going on for us, and we need to figure out how to break out of the Gloomy Gus…

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Consultants Are People, Too. Right?

Since following my “dream” to launch a consulting and coaching practice two years ago, I’ve been keenly aware of the sudden shift in perspective from “insider” to “outsider.” And while I was prepared for spending much more time by myself, always being in networking mode, and not having colleagues to fall back on, I was unprepared…

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5 Personas: A Light Leadership Model You Can Use Every Day

Most consumers in the multi-billion dollar leadership marketplace are average folks like you and me hungry for ideas to address immediate needs. Those consumers keep themselves on a steady diet of articles, books, webinars, and workshops because they believe they have a gap in their leadership skills and are looking to pinpoint what to do…

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Policy Manuals Are Beautiful Too: 3 Tips for Rules Your Staff Will Love

Which chair would you rather sit in? Yeah, I thought so. The comparison may seem a bit extreme, but we’re making a point here about a smart design approach to developing office policy manuals that you’d like people to actually use. Sound weird? Read on… Speaking from experience as a former CFO and COO, I…

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