Teams

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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A 3-Step Roadmap to Coach a Strengths-Based Team

Under the best of circumstances, being a leader isn’t always easy. In 2020, it’s become even more challenging as the world navigates crisis upon crisis and leaders are forced to make tough decisions in quick succession. Just leading yourself is hard enough. Leading a team through this is even harder. So how do you make…
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Lead Through the Complexity of Change

Change is a tricky thing. Sometimes we look forward to it. Sometimes we run from it. Regardless of how we respond, change always has a way of finding us. Learning our natural change style can help us capitalize on our strengths in seasons of change as well as  guard against potential pitfalls. Based on Myers…
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Navigating the Undercurrents of Change

“People don’t change when they are told to. They change when they’re inspired and motivated to.” ~Max Yoder, Do Better Work We can draw up plans. Lay out timelines. Designate the technical and financial resources needed to succeed. And still have change fail. That’s because change is more than the technical side, there is a…
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Does Camaraderie Imply Commonality?

What we have in common can be a powerful springboard to meaningful connections. It’s often easier to connect with people who are like us. Similar personality styles, similar values, similar life experiences, or similar interests. The list can go on. The more intersecting points the easier it can be to build camaraderie when we work…
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3 Ways to Leverage Strengths in Building Confidence

In the right context with the right application, your strengths can accelerate your confidence in leadership and life.  As a leader, it’s likely you’ve taken an assessment or two identifying your personality, temperament, or strengths. What was your take-away? Did it change you? Your answer to these  questions is either contributing to or detracting from…
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TEN Tips for Communicating in Uncertainty

In times of uncertainty, things like change, conflict, setting expectations, role clarity or any number of challenges leaders of teams might face are top of mind. Yet, embedded in each of these challenges is our struggle to communicate in ways that connect to our “audience” so they “get it” and can respond quickly. We could…
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10 Ideas for Celebrating in Hardship

Many months ago in a Sunday service, my pastor said, “What we celebrate, we accelerate.” It was energizing to me then as I was working to launch some new ideas and I responded with a resounding, “YES!”  What about when you are not in the mood to celebrate? What about when everything that had  been…
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Get More From Your Communication: We are better together

It’s easier to work with people who are like us. They think like us. They talk like us. They finish what we say. The “get it” factor is high. We instinctively surround ourselves with people like us. Our frustration increases when people don’t get it. We have to repeat ourselves. We have to work harder…
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Conflicted Communication: Why is this so hard?

Communication gets tricky as we navigate both the similarities and differences in the way people communicate. Everybody defines “good” communication differently. Unmet expectations and different goals can be a source of relationship tension and thwart our efforts to work together. We often assume people need the same thing in communication that we need. We offer…
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