In a word – VISION. New year’s resolutions are hard enough to keep, and even more so without a compelling vision to propel you forward. If your holiday break did not include some time for visioning, here’s an opportunity to do it now. I’m not suggesting a long, navel-gazing exercise where you create a framed masterpiece… Continue reading The Key to Keeping New Year’s Resolutions
What do you do during virtual meetings? Do you multi-task? Do you put the phone on mute? What do you wear on a work-at-home day? (Don’t worry, it’s a rhetorical question, I don’t expect you to answer.) Most of us, at least occasionally, work remotely from the rest of our team. As a result, conference… Continue reading Are you brave enough for your voice to be heard?
“Shake it off” has become my mantra. Here’s why: Ever notice how a dog shakes her whole body when she goes from one thing to the next? I really noticed this in our therapy dog club when we have 25 dogs in one room. During a presentation all the dogs settle down and take a… Continue reading A lesson from my dog on beating fear of scary change
Several years ago I created a team-building activity around the concept of emotional bank accounts. The idea is that our relationships with each other are like “bank accounts.” Each interaction is equivalent to making a deposit or withdrawal. Positive interactions are deposits and negative interactions are withdrawals. Over time the balance increases, stays static or gets overdrawn. Generally,… Continue reading Increase Your Emotional Investment, Get Happy Results
Ok, not everything, but I have learned valuable lessons from her that could be applied to effective leadership. I’m single with no kids, so a dog is my teacher – if you have a significant other and/or children, you may feel the same way about those who share your home. Leadership, to me, is about… Continue reading Everything I learned about leadership I learned from my dog
When things are not going my way, I’m prone to blaming it on them (the proverbial “them”) . Whether it’s being late for work in the morning, the late payment on my Visa bill or not getting a promotion. Especially when it involves a change I didn’t ask for or doesn’t appear to be in my… Continue reading Quick and Easy Lemonade from Lemons
This car and driver represents how we are the drivers of our own careers. The driver in the “little red corvette” pays homage to Prince (I live in Minnesota and used this image in a program last week so his untimely death was on my mind). In my coaching I often hear employees searching for… Continue reading Leadership Roadmap – You’re in the Driver’s Seat
You, me and 91,000 other people have read this post Wolf Pack by Barbara Hermel Bach on Facebook. “A wolf pack: the first 3 are the old or sick, they give the pace to the entire pack. If it was the other way round, they would be left behind, losing contact with the pack. In case… Continue reading Pack of Wolves, a Model for Leadership?
Change can be exciting AND exhausting. Neuroscience research is giving us compelling evidence that taking care of ourselves is imperative to coping with rapid change. Our work lives often make it hard for our brains to learn and adapt. We sometimes think people have a hard time with change, but, in reality, it’s our brains that… Continue reading Your Brain on Change
In the spring, when we see a new bud, we think it just appeared one day. In reality, it’s been forming for a long time. That’s the thing about new growth, it takes awhile to appear. Just like this blog, it’s been waiting to appear, and now it’s ready to sprout. This is my first… Continue reading New Growth