Growth

Delegation: Can it be more than getting tasks done?

If you have been a leader for any length of time you have been delegating. You cannot lead without delegating. You are already doing it — now how can you get the most of it? The greatest impact of delegating is moving beyond simply getting the tasks done. The power of delegating is found in…
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How Do I Delegate to the Right Person?

Early in my leadership career, I saw delegation more like giving an assignment. It turns out that the “class assignment” model didn’t work very well for me in the story I started in my first blog in this series. Ultimately my demise was the tension between what I wanted and what she needed that for…
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Adjust Your Pace for Perspective

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 think strategically or generate…
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How Integrated is Your Life and Leadership?

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 integrating what is…
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Focus On the Activities That Make an Impact

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 in order to…
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Practicing Empathy in the Heat of the Moment

Mothers and daughters often don’t see eye to eye. Last week, I had one of those not so fun mother-daughter interactions with my nine year old. She was getting emotional and so was I. However, her emotions were falling out all over the place and mine were tightly held inside.  I completely disregarded her emotions…
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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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Get the Most Out of Assessments

Have you ever felt stuck in your career and wondering if you will ever find a fit? Is there a  person on your team that just doesn’t get it no matter how you try to say it? Have you been trying to mentor that new hire, but noticing a disconnect between how you are teaching…
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So, You’re Looking For A Mentor

Great leaders have personal growth plans. No matter how seasoned of a leader you are, we all have potential for growth. Someone out there is further along. Someone out there has experience to add to your thinking. Someone out there has questions you haven’t even thought to ask.  Mentors are all around us. Who makes…
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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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