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Meetings are a Must - So Master your Meeting Facilitation meetings Jul 14, 2021

Meetings are a must for every leader. So commonplace that we often don’t invest in the savviness that it takes to lead a meeting well. All too often I can show up for a meeting and just wing it and typically it turns out okay. But, when I take the time to prepare it can move from okay to...

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Not the Same Old Boring Meeting meetings Jul 07, 2021

I clicked on the link and headed into the virtual meeting. I had no idea what to expect. There was a “title” on the invitation to the meeting, but it was pretty nondescript so I was unprepared for the meeting. I was new to the team and everyone else seemed to fall into a groove that...

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Balance the Over and Under of Communication communication Jun 30, 2021

Have you ever entertained the idea of undercommunicating something? As leaders we know that communication is a key leadership competency. Yet, sometimes we struggle with finding the right balance in our communication. Another way of thinking about it might be to call what we need to accomplish as...

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Know Your Audience: Not everybody hears the same communication Jun 23, 2021

I always find it interesting when discussing a sermon, a training or a podcast with a colleague or a friend learning they heard something totally different than I did. Sometimes I feel compelled to go back and listen again wondering how I missed it! We are all wired so different kinds of...

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Presentations: What to Cut and What to Say communication Jun 16, 2021

So you have a presentation coming up. You’re wondering the best way to approach the process to get the results you want. Too often we try to accomplish too many things in a given presentation and fall into the trap of over communicating that confuses our audience.

Start with a clear purpose...

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Adjust Your Pace for Perspective confidence Jun 09, 2021

Have you ever thought about how stepping out of the day-to-day into a new space offers a new perspective? It seems so simple, but sometimes working at a coffee shop instead of your office opens up creativity. Stepping out of the rigor of the lengthy “to-do” list to dedicate time to...

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Pressing into Something New confidence May 27, 2021

Starting a new thing can be tough. It can stretch us, alter our thinking and heighten our emotions. That’s not a bad thing. That’s growth.

Recently, I started a new project. It included dusting off an old skill I haven’t used in a while as well as stretching into areas where...

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Living an Integrated Life confidence May 13, 2021

We often have competing responsibilities that require tradeoffs between the multiple priorities both today and for our future. The idea that we can balance it all is a myth I recently discussed with my co-host on the Side by Side Podcast. Rather than balancing my life, I often think of it as...

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Focus On the Activities That Make an Impact decision making May 06, 2021

As you drive along the road, if you look toward something it’s a natural tendency to steer towards it. Part of good driving is redirecting your focus to the car, your hand position, lane position, etc. As we pursue our goals (our driving destination), what we focus on along the way matters...

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Are you avoiding your boss? Pave the way to your next conversation communication Apr 29, 2021

We often talk about the skills leaders need in conversations with their people. Another equally important conversation is when people need to talk with their leaders. These conversations can be quite intimidating. 

Have you ever avoided conversations about getting involved in a project,...

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When feedback isn’t helpful. What can you do? feedback Apr 20, 2021

We assume because it’s feedback that it’s right. Wait! Stop right there. Just because it’s feedback doesn’t make it good feedback. Feedback is simply information. Good feedback is information that is reliable, relevant and actionable. 

Studies show that feedback is...

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Leading the Way to Confidence confidence Apr 13, 2021

Confidence can come and go. One day you have it and the next it waffles. Even the most successful leaders have moments where confidence drops out. All the past successes are forgotten as we stand there facing the next challenge. Why don’t our past experiences help us maintain confidence in...

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