Clarity

Four Things Empathy is Not

Empathy is a powerful emotion that can generate deeper understanding, and it is also an essential skill in every single leadership conversation. The productive dialogue that flows from an empathetic viewpoint  offers alternative perspectives, increases productivity and generates buy-in across the board.  However, a misperception about empathy can cause leaders to hold back from utilizing…
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12 Minutes from Chaos to Clarity

When faced with the unexpected, whether it’s good, bad or neutral, we inevitably experience some upheaval in order to accommodate what we didn’t expect. What if I told you that by investing 12 minutes you could significantly reduce the confusion and chaos of the unexpected?  We admire the leader who can manage what comes their…
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Moving Beyond Pivot to Creativity

I love words. Finding the right way to translate  a thought,or concept into an insight is one of my favorite things. Communicating knowledge in a way that makes it tangible and relevant is something I strive to do. Yet, there is a word that has started to leave a bitter aftertaste in my mouth. It’s…
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Myth of Self-Care for Busy Leaders

In the middle of busy lives and busy leadership coupled with the reality of pandemic fatigue it would be pretty natural to preach a sermon for self-care challenging you to step back from “the busy” and intentionally choose activities that nurture spiritual, physical, relational and emotional health.  Yet, for many busy leaders it’s a goal…
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Reframe to Reclaim Clarity

When we moved a few years ago into a different home, we brought with us boxes of photos and photo frames. Yet, as we unpacked, not everything fit in the new house the same way it had before. We had to make choices about what to frame and what images to hang.   As I reflect…
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When the Way Forward Isn’t Clear

While I like to think I’m a rather patient person, I admit detours are not my favorite thing. Whether they are on the road, or in my business it’s frustrating to find my pre-planned path blocked. Can you relate? You know where you’re headed, you have a plan to get there…but the way forward is…
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3 Powerful Questions to Unlock Clarity in Crisis

Do you feel pressure to emerge from crises a wiser, better leader? Are you tired of feeling like you’re falling short of your self-improvement expectations? What if you had different expectations about the kind of change that’s realistic when you are stressed? Let’s look at a better framework to help you effectively clear through the…
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Four Ingredients for Clarifying Decisions

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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Five Ways to Find Clarity

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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