Category Archives: LEADERSHIP

You’ve Graduated! Now What? How to Make the Most of Your First Job

Written on April 8, 2019 at 6:16 pm, by

In my work with clients and in conversations with colleagues, I hear a lot of complaints about employees, but one of the most common ones is that Millennial workers have poor work ethic, lack initiative, and struggle to communicate effectively. And perhaps surprisingly, this frustration is often expressed by business owners and managers who are […]

When You Practice Vulnerability, You’ll Help Others Transform

Written on March 28, 2019 at 4:57 pm, by

“Vulnerability” is a polarizing word. Some people can open up to just about anyone without restraint, while others would sooner get a root canal than share their feelings. In business, vulnerability is important, particularly among leaders. Consider this: Often, while working with clients, I discover that convictions or fears hold workers back from leading and […]

Using Powerful Questions to Fight the Negative ‘What-Ifs’

Written on February 19, 2019 at 9:42 am, by

This is the second in a series on becoming more innovative. The first blog focused on the culture, and this one and the next focus on you. While creating a culture of positive what-ifs and why-nots is crucial, the success of that transition starts with the leader being a positive role model. If you are […]

Creating a Culture of Positive What-Ifs and Why Nots

Written on January 29, 2019 at 6:23 pm, by

This blog post is the first of a two-part series on getting unstuck. This post focuses on organizations, and the next will focus on individuals. Is your organization defined by a “culture of stuck” where the conversation gets mired in all the negative what-ifs instead exclaiming “Why not? Let’s make this happen!” I recall when […]

Better Questions for More Learning

Written on December 20, 2018 at 7:45 am, by

It’s funny how people think that when you have your own business things slow down in December. Quite the opposite, which made a presentation by Quyen Nguyen quite impactful a few weeks ago. Her words inspired me to slow down, ask more questions and really listen. One morning, I took Quyen’s advice. I decided not […]

Enabling Those with Focus Strength to Contribute More

Written on November 8, 2018 at 1:35 pm, by

Focus was one of the Gallup top 10 dominant strengths that I didn’t realize I had until I took the All 34 test and became a certified coach. My awareness of Focus being a strength of mine and the subsequent changes I made in how I do my work boosted my productivity 25 percent. In […]

Using Strengths to Break Through Walls of Frustration

Written on August 30, 2018 at 11:30 am, by

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

Written on August 15, 2018 at 10:59 am, by

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 […]

Resting Your Way to Productivity

Written on June 15, 2018 at 10:45 am, by

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 […]

Woo – More Than a Cool Name!

Written on March 1, 2018 at 3:29 am, by

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 […]

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