Being in leadership usually means you have to get strategic about your mission. But what if you don’t think you were “built” for strategy? It’s possible that you even avoid it and just focus on the day-to-day of what needs to be done right here, right now. What if I told you that’s a part…

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We all make mistakes or get results that are less than what we expected. It’s all too easy to get lost in trying to fix or overcome mistakes. Sometimes it’s okay to just let them be. Let me share an example. Fall is a busy season for most of us. Often, new programming launches. And…

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“People don’t change when they are told to. They change when they’re inspired and motivated to.” ~Max Yoder, Do Better Work We can draw up plans. Lay out timelines. Designate the technical and financial resources needed to succeed. And still have change fail. That’s because change is more than the technical side, there is a…

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To lead others through uncertainty amidst the waves of change calls for continual learning and the application of this learning. We may indeed be facing challenges we have never seen before, but humans have the capacity to keep on learning. It’s not just learning something, but making the learning “stick”. Two tangible ways to make…

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Noticing people’s expressions and following your intuition to uncover what is behind that expression has the power to fuel camaraderie in the workplace.  As I sat across the table from the CEO, he excitedly described his latest and greatest project. He always had terrific  ideas that energized me. But, as he described the role he…

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In times of uncertainty, activating kindness in the workplace can create a necessary shift. We don’t often think about kindness as a leadership strategy. However, right now it could be the most essential strategy you engage with your teams to help them thrive. A recent gallup poll describes the protracted, dynamic nature of the pandemic…

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What we have in common can be a powerful springboard to meaningful connections. It’s often easier to connect with people who are like us. Similar personality styles, similar values, similar life experiences, or similar interests. The list can go on. The more intersecting points the easier it can be to build camaraderie when we work…

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Everybody needs friends. One of the most famous questions of the 12 posed by the Gallup Q12 Employee Engagement Survey is “I have a best friend at work.” Many challenged the question as irrelevant. Then, decades worth of research shows that employees with healthy social connections at work along with teams that possess a deep…

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When you are faced with a decision, what gets your attention? Is it the details? Is it the possibilities? Do you weigh out the pros and cons? Are you thinking about how to rally people around the decision?  Now, get in the room with a group of people and make a decision … together. The…

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We often confuse clarity with decisiveness. Everyone expects a leader to be decisive especially in a crisis. “Tell us what to do.” When you do, you get: “No. We can’t do that.” Your people ask for a decision, and sometimes that’s what they need. More often, though, they are looking for clarity. But even for…

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