Leadership

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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Let Empathy Influence How You Lead

In recent blogs, we have talked about why practicing empathy in the moment is important and what empathy is not. So, how does developing your empathy add value to how you lead? Imagine a situation where your team member is not measuring up. They missed a deadline. They blew up at a co-worker or they…
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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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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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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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Why Should I Be a Mentor?

Being a mentor will cost you something: time, effort, energy. Busy leaders have limited capacity and many things that make demands on that capacity. So, why would you even consider being a mentor? Some become a mentor because they see the long range impact of developing the next generation of leaders. Others choose to mentor…
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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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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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