Teams

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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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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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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In a ZOOM World Influence Still Matters

In global companies, leveraging influence with a virtual team is not a new way to lead. For those of us that live and lead almost exclusively in a local world, however, our efforts to build relationships and influence others have been in person. What a challenge this last year has been learning to lead remotely! …
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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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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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