• Using Strengths to Break Through Walls of Frustration - This is a second blog in a series about how to explain your strengths to maximize impact. Last time we focused on interviewing, and here we will examine building a better relationship with your leader and co-workers. I recall a few years ago when I was in a first meeting with a client who was […]
  • How to Nail Your Next Interview - When I coach clients interviewing for jobs, one of the most common frustrations I hear is: “I hate to talk about myself.” Gallup Strengths provide a cure for that problem by shifting the focus from “why I am great” to “why I am the way I am.” I think this latter dialogue feels better because […]
  • Interdependence Yields Better Results - I was brought up to be fiercely independent – not needing to rely on anyone or anything. I think many people can relate to this because it is part of our culture of independence in America. Around 2010, JP Thompson – a student of mine, showed me how wrong my thinking had been and that […]
  • Resting Your Way to Productivity - In my office, I used to have a framed picture of an empty hammock on the beach with this quote at the bottom: The art of doing nothing is really something. I purchased it because I love beaches and hammocks without really thinking about the words written. I recall one day thinking, “When other managers […]
  • Up Close and Personal with Woo - I recently interviewed Hallie Thompson, who is about to receive her PhD in Plant Sciences and currently running for U.S. House of Representatives in Missouri, about her #1 strength, Woo. Gallup defines this strength as “loving the challenge of meeting new people and winning them over, deriving satisfaction from breaking the ice and making a […]
  • Woo – More Than a Cool Name! - I heard a persistent knock on our home door one Sunday. When I answered, I had to adjust my gaze down about 3 feet to find the visitor. Little Caleb greeted me with a “Hi! What’s going on?” and continued to banter with me for about 10 minutes, sharing tales of adventure — including breaking […]
  • Investing in Me and We - Thanks to Alex Sommer, Employment Branding Specialist at Nestle Purina North America, for contributing this article.  In 2016, I started graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis – Loriana was my very first professor for a Building High Performance Work Teams class. She knows well that you can’t possibly build high-performing teams until you […]
  • Resolve to Check Baggage in 2018 - I was reading Kevin Palau’s book Unlikely at the airport last week and thought a comment that the former mayor of Portland, Sam Adams, made in the foreword was insightful. Before meeting with Kevin Palau (minister and president of the Luis Palau Association), the mayor said he felt weary, had negative assumptions about the other […]
  • The Good, the Bad and the Grey Area - In the last year, I have noticed an increased polarization in thinking. Employees are often judging others as either all good or all bad vs. an ability to see shades of grey. This is concerning because it suggests that people are viewed as either extremely flawed or flawless, neither of which is usually anywhere near […]
  • Sharing Our Gratitude - As Thanksgiving approaches, a flood of people come to mind whose actions or words have positively affected me. While Thanksgiving is often focused on the important 3F’s of the holiday, food, family and football (to quote a family member), it is also a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what we are thankful for. While I […]
  • Speed of Confession - How quickly do you confess when you mess up? During lunch today with a leader I highly respect, I realized that speed is an important component to admitting mistakes. The conversation centered around, “How do you share a mistake in a way that will save face?” My suggestion was to reframe that question into, “How […]
  • Change Your Energy, Change Your Influence - Energy, or lack thereof, is something we all bring to any situation. I am not sure, however, we are always in tune with its powerful impact. It’s like a ceiling fan. The speed can be so low that the fan isn’t noticed. Or, it may be cranked up, scattering anything that isn’t nailed down. Where […]
  • Your Speed Might Be Limiting You - How intentional are you with the speed at which you think, work, or talk? Our pace can directly impact our effectiveness and how others perceive us (and vice versa). Managing our speed is a way to increase our emotional intelligence. I will take the next few blogs to examine this issue. People make judgments based […]
  • The Power of Looking Back - Wait, did I really write that title? My #2 strength is futuristic (looking ahead) and context (viewing history as helpful for learning) is at the bottom of my list at #33. I also have activator as #1, which means I am all about forward movement. So, this topic must be uber-important for me to write […]
  • Finding Joy in the Journey - Do you ever find yourself moving through your list quickly and efficiently, but despite getting a lot done, you aren’t enjoying the work that should bring you pleasure? That was my “aha” moment earlier this month. Late summer is a busy time for many people – school restarting, businesses eager to get a lot done […]
  • Are You Wearing the Right Hat? - We all wear many hats within our family, community and organizations. Sometimes we find ourselves wearing multiple hats at once, and that usually isn’t a good look. Nor is it always effective. Let’s examine how we can be more intentional about our hat selections to get better performance.
  • INTELLECTION – How to develop and leverage this strength - I am fascinated how Gallup’s Intellection talent theme is often underutilized by those who possess it and misunderstood by those who do not. Today’s blog will improve the effectiveness of both groups. Let’s start with Gallup’s definition of Intellection: People especially talented in this theme are characterized by their intellectual activity. They are introspective and […]
  • Celebrate Independence By Practicing It - The upcoming Independence Day has me thinking about how independent we are as Americans (which I am proud to be). And so, it makes sense that an engaged workplace is where we want to work. That’s where we are free to determine our “how” (the process for getting our work done) when given the “what” […]
  • Busting myths on Gallup Strengths - My views on Gallup Strengths Finder have recently changed after an intensive certification training and extensive use with clients. The statements below are heard widely in the coaching world, and I used to believe some of these myths, too! 1) All you need are your Top 5 Strengths. I had heard (and even used to […]
  • Networking for geeks and problem-solvers - One of the hardest parts of networking for my clients is the initial approach. Once engaged in conversation, they are fine. But the thought of those first few moments when they have to muster the courage to approach and say something to generate dialogue is when fear sets in. Clients tell me that they stress […]