Category Archives: LEADERSHIP

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 […]

Resolve to Check Baggage in 2018

Written on January 1, 2018 at 9:03 am, by

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

Written on December 15, 2017 at 8:51 am, by

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

Written on November 22, 2017 at 11:21 am, by

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

Written on November 1, 2017 at 2:20 pm, by

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

Written on October 15, 2017 at 10:33 am, by

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 […]