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Are You on the Right Path?

My teenage son just returned from a long hiking trip. He was on the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina–his first “real” hiking trip with backpack, tent, food, first aid kit, etc. (He learned that raw eggs don’t travel well even if you have a burner to cook them.) As a mother, I was concerned he […]

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Having trouble with time management?

What are your top three specific priorities for the month? If I asked you that question, would you be able to name them quickly? If not, you’re like many executives I know. Intuitively you may know what’s most important, but instead you’re reacting to problems or requests as they arise. You may find yourself thinking, […]

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Is your insecurity showing?

“I thought I was ready, but had no idea what I was getting myself into. What if I’m not really cut out for this?” No matter how much experience you’ve had, it’s easy to doubt yourself and wonder if you’re “good enough” to get to the next level. In working with many leaders over the […]

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What to do when you hit a roadblock

On the path to improvement, there’s one thing for certain–you’re going to hit a roadblock. It’s inevitable. Could be a number of reasons: Perhaps you fall back into patterns that give you problems in the first place. Human beings are creatures of habit. (“I’m doing what I know how to do on autopilot.”) Maybe you […]

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Leading Like a True Olympian

Have you been watching the Olympics? It’s inspiring to see the spirit and determination of such extraordinary athletes. Makes me want to work a little harder to achieve my goals — to improve my performance. What would be possible if you improved just one aspect of your leadership performance? Even Olympic athletes can’t work on […]

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The Elephant in the Room

It’s there. Sometimes sitting quietly while you maneuver around it in conversation. You’re hoping it might just go away. Other times, it’s so big and blatant that it becomes your sole focus. It’s the elephant in the room, of course. And it’s one of the greatest threats to your business. In my consulting work over […]

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Top 10 Leadership Lessons

As the year comes to an end, I am especially grateful for the privilege to work with extraordinary leaders and their teams, serving as a confidante and thinking partner to help them achieve what’s most important. The common thread is their openness to new ideas and ways of thinking as well as their commitment to […]

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How compelling is your vision?

When working with organizations, I challenge leaders to think differently about the vision they really want for their business. Too many vision statements read well in print, but don’t resonate with employees. It’s not unusual for leadership teams to spend hours trying to come up with just the right words. Executives appear more concerned about […]

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Do Your Employees Trust You?

A number of polls reveal that leaders rate poorly on measures of trust. According to a Golin Harris survey of 450 executives at 30 global companies, roughly half of all managers don’t trust their leaders.Small business owners should take note as well.Fairly or unfairly, your behaviors are magnified and weighted, including your values, work ethic, […]

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The Leadership Skill That Makes Work Easier

It’s a leadership skill that few people talk about: group facilitation. Facilitation means “to make easy” or “to lessen the difficulty. “It’s not a quick fix, but developing your facilitation skills over time will help you accomplish your collective goals more easily. When executives say they want to work on leadership skills, you’ll often hear […]

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