“Millennials”

I have heard many comments this year about the challenges of managing Millennials.  Often the word, Millennials, is used in a derogatory manner.  This often surprises me as I see so much benefit that Millennials can bring. When I listen to what Millennials tend to ask for, they are things that earlier generations – Traditional, Baby Boomer, and Gen X – wanted to ask but did...

Are You Finding that Your Leadership is Not as Effective as It Used to Be?

Why is this happening?1. There has been a shift from the Industrial Era to the Knowledge Age.2. We are now operating in a VUCA world which requires different things from us as leaders. VUCA stands for volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. What is different?1. Business is much more internet-based, and people – both team members and customers/clients – have much more information...

The Meaning of Leadership

Leadership is the ability to consistently and positively influence and inspire people towards the direction of a shared vision.  Harnessing the passion of people and bringing people together creates wins for the individuals, team, leader, and organization. The way in which leadership is conducted makes a great difference to one’s team.   Many people know about and have even taken...

Want to know others?   Know thyself first.

Have you ever wondered why you seem to naturally gravitate towards some people and not to others?  Or where your communications seem to go well with some people and not with others? Often when we are triggered, it is either because somebody else’s natural style is different than our own or there is something about what the other person is saying or how they are saying it that does or does not...

Building Relationships – Understanding Self and Others

Building Relationships/Understanding Self and Others Building relationships it easy for some and more uncomfortable for others. It often comes down to interest and intention. Many think there is a knack for building relationships that they just don’t have and never will. The truth is that it is possible for all of us. A few tips can go a long ways. Let’s break this down. Building relationships...

Leader as Listener

Listening is one of the core leadership skills.  It is a skill that can be developed and honed. It creates amazing benefits. How often do you find yourself listening to others?  What are you listening for? What are you learning? How do you listen in a way that creates benefits? Listening starts with listening to ourselves and, over time, developing our Personal Mastery (Senge, 2006).   There are...

Want to be more creative?

Want to be more creative? Many of us would say that we are not very creative and look to those who are creative as talented or gifted, born with the innate ability to be creative. In reality, we are all born with this ability and have the capacity to uncover and build upon it. Creativity is the act of producing through use of imaginative skill. It does not necessarily mean inventing something...