Zip-Line Style Leadership: Screaming “Ahhhh!” and Loving It (Part 1)

August 14, 2012

When is twenty miles per hour freakin’ fast? When you’re strapped inside a harness and propel through the air across a zipline. Yes, that’s a picture of me a week ago. Can anyone scream, “Ahhhhh!” Well, I didn’t. I wanted to, but once I stepped off the platform, it all became surreal, like watching a [...]

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The Adventurous Life: 10 Inspiring Quotes

August 7, 2012

I am always inspired by adventure, and I’m not even the most adventurous type. I love sitting on my squishy coach reading about the adventurous lives of others. I enjoy watching hot air balloons  rise in the sky. And someday, darnit, I’m going to do those things myself. In the meantime, I’ll reflect on these [...]

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When Feedback Won’t Work: 5 Scenarios

July 31, 2012

Richard can care less what others think about him. Sure, he occasionally hears rumors that some people despise his brutal honesty—“straightforwardness,” he calls it. And that he is “difficult.” So what. He accepts nothing less than excellence. If a few whiners have to put up with the way he is, so be it. His sales [...]

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Who Wears the Pants in Your Organization?

July 24, 2012

My husband doesn’t wear the pants in our family; rather he wears my pants in the family. Okay, no need to drop your jaw. It’s not like I came home one day to find him frolicking with my clothes or trying on…well, never mind. No. We were having an ordinary conversation when all of a [...]

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3 Remedies for Energy Drain

July 16, 2012

Why is it that children have more energy than we do? If I were God, the rule would be this: Children shalt have no more energy than the adults who must keep up with them. My children are on their second wind at nine in the evening, while I’ve been ready since six-o-clock to sit [...]

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35 Empowering Questions Leaders Ask

July 10, 2012

As an executive and leadership coach, I have been trained in the art and power of asking good, thought provoking questions. For leaders who care about not just their organization’s success, but also the success of those they lead, here are thirty-five. And by the way, listening is required!   What do you think about that? [...]

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How to Listen So You Get Results

July 3, 2012

Blah, blah, blah, blah….  It’s so easy to talk, to ramble on about our thoughts, our ideas, our concerns, our beliefs, our demands.  We are expert ramblers, monopolizers of conversations, hijackers of others’ time, often unaware of how we project ourselves, and worse, frequently indifferent to others’ views.  Listening, on the other hand, not only [...]

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5 Simple Ways Leaders Can Engage Others

June 26, 2012

Remember playing tug of war as a kid? I loved that game. What was cool about it is that tug of war was a team challenge. No one person really stood out as the leader, not even the person in front. Rather, we all contributed mightily to the team. We were empowered and engaged by [...]

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Jump Right In (and Forget about the Barracuda)

May 29, 2012

Toes an inch over the dock’s edge, I peered into the murky deep below. Sure, it was only eight feet deep, but it might as well have been a hundred. What was that flash of lightning? A shimmer of scales? A glimmer of pointy teeth? The water was too dark to tell. “Come on in, [...]

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3 Limiting Beliefs That Victimize You

May 15, 2012

Paul was confused, a pained grimace spread across his face. What did his wife ask again? Oh yeah—where he might find work. He didn’t know. Face it. Most laid off workers like himself didn’t seem to have an inkling where to find those “magic” jobs he kept hearing about. Something about the hidden job market. [...]

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