Leadership

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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Pressing into Something New

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 I’d never ventured before.…
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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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When feedback isn’t helpful. What can you do?

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 impacted by biases like the natural tendency to rate people toward the middle, the lack…
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Leading the Way to Confidence

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 the face of uncertainty? Because…
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How You Are Wired: The Thing that Only You Can Do

Sometimes we get caught up in “shoulds” and the most dangerous ones are the “shoulds” that tell us who we should be. They go to the core of who we are and suggest that we should be something different or more than what we are. The steady hum of these thoughts can become a barrier…
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Want to be a better leader? Focus on your conversations

We are busy and sometimes we forget to slow down so we can be intentional about the conversations that matter. When we do have a moment to prepare for that meeting or that interaction we are about to have, we will often focus on the “how to” … how to set the agenda, how to…
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Turn Your Advice into a Good Question

I was listening to my colleague’s story. She had just finished a tough round of cancer treatment and didn’t have the support at home that she needed. She had gone on a trip to clear her mind, but it didn’t go as planned. She felt disappointed and alone. Now she was planning another trip and…
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3 Conversations to Inspire Productivity

When I have a task in front of me that’s not my sweet spot or it’s going to be hard, I avoid it. Not with procrastination but with being busy. In college, my house was never cleaner than the week that I had to write that final paper. The entire afternoon was set aside for…
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