Category Archives: Open-Minded

Six Leadership Survival Techniques When Change Hits

The merger took hold and all the departments across four offices became one unit. Leaders of all ranks folded together to create a brand new firm. Disbelief and shock began to trickle down as the employees digested what had just happened to them. The mood was one of uncertainty and confusion, as teams imagined what their place would be in the new entity. They knew it was happening yet the reality of the change had not set in completely.

I began working with one of the teams to sort out how they were coping with the merger. To get a better read on how each of these leaders was feeling I asked them about… Continue reading | 2 Comments

Six Reasons Why Leaders Need Feedback

The truth about feedback is that it is a powerful gift. Whether we are a senior leader or an emerging leader, feedback provides us with critical information to become a stronger leader. Without feedback we would have a harder time fine tuning our leadership strategy.

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Are we sometimes fearful of hearing feedback from certain people? Sure. But maybe instead of looking at those comments and insights as personal attacks, we can see them as steps to lead more effectively. We can look at the behaviors we can adjust and actions we can take to transform our leadership to a higher level.

Here are six reasons

Six Reasons Holidays Help Rejuvenate Leaders

As we prepare for the holiday season and the New Year it can feel stressful and overwhelming. It doesn’t matter what holidays we celebrate as we all experience the bustle of getting ready and the anticipation of what our gatherings may bring.

Did I miss anyone on my presents list?

Do I have all the ingredients to make my assigned dish for the dinner?

Am I all caught up on my projects so I can take a few days or even a week away from the job?

Are my travel plans all set? Do I need to purchase any tickets ahead?

Did I finish evaluating my year-end accomplishments and am I

Five Year-End Questions For Leaders To Take Stock

It’s that time of year when leaders from around the globe look at their calendars and realize the end of a hard-fought, sometimes exciting, sometimes scary year is quickly approaching. We may want to stick our heads in the sand and pretend we have more time to introduce new projects, but sadly we need to now step back and take stock in 2017. That’s not to say we shouldn’t keep propelling forward with our goals and deliverables. It’s just a valuable time to reflect on the good, the bad and the truths of the past year.

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Four Leadership Mindsets That Rock

Leading on a small team or leading on a big team, we are often faced with challenges that we didn’t see coming. All of sudden we recognize that the direction the team is moving is totally off course. In some of my workshops leaders even feel defeated or stuck in the middle of a road with no obvious cross streets to walk down. Then the words start to fly:

“I tried that approach before and it doesn’t work.”

 “That’s impossible!”

 “It’s not our responsibility. Ask the other team.”

“No one cares or values what I am doing. I am just a cog in a wheel.”

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