Category Archives: LEADERSHIP

The Five C’s of Change: Communication, Part 1

Written on May 16, 2022 at 4:41 pm, by

This is the third post in our series on the Five C’s of Change, which includes four friends and one foe of change. In the previous installments, we explored Conviction and Courage.  Communication Sounds Easy, But Isn’t Communication is an action that appears so simple and obvious, yet it’s almost always what employees and leaders […]

The Five C’s of Change: Courage

Written on March 31, 2022 at 8:54 am, by

This is the second post in our series on the Five C’s of Change, which includes four friends and one foe of change. In the first installment of this series, we explored Conviction which is essential in  a change agent. In this blog, we will explore courage and how this plays out in organizational change. […]

Taking Action to Improve Return on Energy (ROE)

Written on February 22, 2022 at 8:25 am, by

In our previous blog, we talked about the importance of return on energy and how proactively assessing ROE can help us be more intentional with our time. But we must do more than simply assess ROE — we also must take action to remove or shift things that don’t show a return. Acting on ROE […]

What’s Your Return on Energy (ROE)?

Written on January 24, 2022 at 7:03 am, by

Many business leaders are familiar with the term ROI, or return on investment. But have you ever considered return on energy? It’s not a tangible thing you measure in the same way as business expenses or even time spent on a project, but it’s important. Bottom-line: How well you are assessing and managing your return […]

The Five C’s of Change: One Foe and Four Essential Friends

Written on December 1, 2021 at 5:28 am, by

“You really care about what you do – I’m not a checkbox.” This was a compliment we recently received from a new client, and it felt SO good to hear. A big accomplishment, since I had been working very hard at being intentional with slowing down and enjoying time with clients. Last winter was quite […]

Coaching Tip: A Countdown Strand for Persevering

Written on October 15, 2021 at 5:45 pm, by

In the summer of 2020, my husband Patrick decided to “retire” from the VA and shift into full-time coaching with our business BONSAI. It was the early days of COVID, so you can imagine how difficult working at a hospital was. Even though they had very few cases, the stress was consuming. As we planned […]

Two-Way Street Thinking

Written on August 24, 2021 at 9:04 am, by

Similar to the idea of a fixed versus growth mindset, our interactions can be one-way or two-way street interactions, with a focus mostly on ourselves or a focus on both sides of the interaction. What is your natural inclination? How often do we focus on these types of one-way thoughts: Getting our needs met at […]

5 Tips to Achieve Balance in Networking

Written on May 13, 2021 at 3:35 pm, by

Thankful for guest writer Dr. Hallie Thompson, Plant Biologist and Science Policy Consultant. Balance in networking When we think about and practice networking, most of us focus on the initiation of new relationships, but there’s more to it than that. Like so many things, it’s about balance. In this case, it’s a balance of initiating […]

Overcoming Weakness by Focusing on What Comes Naturally

Written on September 14, 2020 at 6:41 am, by

One of many things clients love about using Gallup strengths is its positive focus on the value we do bring and enhancing what is good with us. We don’t ignore the weaknesses, which often are our lowest (sometimes called inferior) talent themes, but instead use our strengths to overcome them. Developing strategies for doing so […]

Projecting More Energy During Video Calls

Written on July 15, 2020 at 11:37 am, by

Video calls can be draining. The experts even coined the phrase “Zoom fatigue” to describe it, and there are plenty of people who’ve bought into the idea that video calls are an awful experience. But that doesn’t have to be the case at all! We know that energy levels matter. When a leader projects positive […]