Self-awareness

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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My 5 Surprising Lessons from 2017

Like so many of you, I like to end my year with a little introspection before I rush ahead to the next. This year I flipped back through my calendar to remind myself of everything that happened. Wow, what a year! I earn my living advising and coaching others, but the most gratifying thing about…

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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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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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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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Biggest Career Mistake You Can Make: Faking It

Imposter syndrome — once the subject of academic conferences – is now at epidemic levels. Apparently, many of us sit at our desks feeling inherently ill-equipped, ill-prepared, illegitimate. Waiting to be found out. In this era of “fake news”, we apparently all feel like fakes. I get it. Sadly, I’ve lived it. For a significant…

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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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