Confidence

The Urgency of Encouragement

We think of encouragement as a “nice to have” thing to lift us up on the bad days and supercharge our good days. What if it is not a “nice to have” but a truly necessary thing that we need? What if we are challenged in scripture to give encouragement daily? “But encourage one another…
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Can Mentorship be Reciprocal?

We have heard that it is better to give than to receive. The beauty of reciprocity is that when it comes to mentoring both giving and receiving can co-exist. Mentoring, however, is not on the “radar screen” for everybody. It may be easier to put mentoring to the side because of the energy and effort…
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Taming the Triggers

Crazy, busy life reactions are amplified when we have some “history” that can pop up at the most unexpected moments. One leader I talked to summarized the conditions as ripe for triggering the past with words like: Exhaustion. Scattered. Juggling. Relationships are also fertile ground for triggering unexpected responses within us. Put on the stress…
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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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Joy in the Journey

I’ve often said that I was born with an extra large bucket of optimism. I remember the one day a consultant came walking through my door at work and commented on how I always had a smile on my face. However, optimism and a smile is not necessarily evidence of joy.  Joy is something deeper.…
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Great Things Come From Asking

The ditch that runs alongside every road to great things is neglecting your “ask.” We tend not to ask for help when we need to. Why? We assume our competence depends on us alone. We don’t want to impose on others. We accept the message that we “should” be able to do it on our…
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How Do You Respond to Leaky Emotions?

Do you remember the first time you felt shame? Once you experience that powerful emotion for the first time, it’s hardwired into you. It’s personal, private, and painful. Shame is different from guilt, though they’re often lumped together. Guilt is about what we did . . . our behavior. Shame is about who we are…
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I Want a “Do-Over”

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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When Confidence Is Not Enough

Confidence is necessary in doing the hard things inevitable in a crisis. It creates momentum that leads to new learning and inspires people to take action. For this kind of impact, a leader’s confidence needs to be rooted in faith rather than circumstance and built on strengths rather than focused on circumventing  weaknesses.  Conversely, confidence…
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Clues You Are A Confident Leader

Until confidence is tested, we are unaware of our lack. Crisis creates the opportunity for leaders to develop a critical leadership competency: confidence.  It’s self-assurance in your ability to address the crisis and the belief that you can rely on others to help meet the challenge. But, how do we know confidence when we see…
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