Leadership

Experience vs. Effectiveness

Experience vs. Effectiveness

Like most coaches, I have a coach. In fact, I have several. One of them is my riding instructor, Siggi. Almost every time I work with Cato, my Anglo Arabian, under her keen eye, I learn something that translates directly into the leadership arena. Cato and I practice a lot of downward transitions these days…

It’s Spring:  Time To Shed Our Resistance

It’s Spring: Time To Shed Our Resistance

My horses are starting to shed out their winter coats, a sure sign that spring is around the corner. Which reminds me of last year, when I treated myself to an at liberty immersion experience with Leslie Nichols, who’s based outside of Phoenix, Arizona. I was looking forward to some time away from the dreary…

Let’s Soar!

Let’s Soar!

I spend a fair amount of my coaching time helping leaders set goals for themselves, their teams, and organizations. I love goals. They bring focus, clarity, and intention to our leadership work and purpose. As 2018 unfolds, I find myself gravitating toward something a little different. Something more along the lines of a strategic direction rather than…

Three Most Important Things

Three Most Important Things

When I work with leaders on their Priority 1–2–3, A‐B‐C List, a frequent question usually is:  How do I decide what the three most important things are?  It’s a good question, because your Priority List is not a typical To‐Do list. There’s an important difference between tasks that should be handled and those that should…

Is Your Leadership on Autopilot?

Is Your Leadership on Autopilot?

We all know that when you want to get better at something, you have to practice – whether it’s sports, music, dance or….leadership. To improve our leadership, we often read books, attend seminars, observe famous leaders, even look at our bosses and swear we will never be like them. In other words, periodic, short bursts…

That Vision Thing

That Vision Thing

Most executives I know are skilled at the ‘we’ vision – that which inspires an organization, major donors or investors, and stakeholders. They’ve helped create it, they live and breathe it, and are truly accomplished at galvanizing others around that ‘we’ vision. In fact, no smart leader would consider developing a strategic or business plan…

A Bucket or a Basket?  Where Do You Put Your Dreams?

A Bucket or a Basket? Where Do You Put Your Dreams?

Every leader needs a bucket list. It’s a helpful concept that can encourage us to be forward‐thinking, stretch outside our comfort zone, and set goals. Bucket lists also have some drawbacks: They can keep us focused on what we haven’t — instead of what we have — accomplished. They can get out of hand —…

My Favorite Leadership Reads

My Favorite Leadership Reads

I love books and often fall asleep reading one.  This winter I’ve had the chance to catch up on some of my leadership reading and want to share some of my favorites with you.  They are in no particular order.  While no one book is going to transform your business or your life, this list…

Once You’ve Got It, Share It!

Once You’ve Got It, Share It!

There’s no point letting your personal leadership vision (PLV) sit in a drawer.  In fact, research shows the most effective leaders who  have a clear, and compelling PLV share it with others, particularly the people they work with. Your PLV enables you to share yourself in a way that gives your employees insight, confidence, and connection to you.…

Five Ideas for Your Stop Doing List

Five Ideas for Your Stop Doing List

There are choices we make every day as leaders which may seem unrelated to our effectiveness — yet they impact the way we and others experience our leadership dramatically. Leadership takes a great deal of doing. It also takes the right amount of stop doing. Here are a few ideas to kick start your stop doing list:…

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