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How Coaching Can Support You to Thrive as You Transition with a Promotion

Earning a promotion can be a fantastic affirmation of your hard work and efforts.  While it is exciting and uplifting, it can also be overwhelming.  Whether it is within the same organization or a move to another organization, there is much to learn – a new role, new responsibilities, new people to meet,  and new and often unclear expectations.  There is the pressure of...

Leadership starts with you: How are you leading yourself to be healthy, calm and focused in this unprecedented time of change and uncertainty?

Leadership starts from the inside out.  As Brené Brown shares in Dare to Lead (2018):  “Who we are is how we lead.  Self love and self awareness matter.” Self leadership encompasses being self-aware, self-compassionate, self-confident, and holding the belief that you can do what it takes to achieve your goals.  In this time of unprecedented and wide-reaching change,...

Managing Transition When You’ve Been Promoted

What I have found in coaching and consulting people who get promoted to new levels of leadership is that it seems overwhelming for them.  They drop some of the things that could support them while they sort through a new role, new responsibilities, new people to meet, and new and often unclear expectations.  There is a lot of pressure getting up to speed with so much change. Along with...

Systems Thinking and Organizational Culture: The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts

At Spark Success we take a 3-Point Approach which includes appreciative inquiry, systems thinking, and values alignment. This article focuses on the aspect of systems thinking. We hear this term more often these days. What does it mean and why does it matter? Have you heard any of these terms lately – systems thinking, systems approach, systems work? A system refers to the dynamic moving and...

We gave them what they asked for. Isn’t that enough? … The Leaders’ Role

In Fred Kofman’s book, The Meaning Revolution: The Power of Transcendent Leadership, I read about the reasons that engagement initiatives quite often fail.  Often such initiatives stem from results of engagement surveys showing what people want or what is lacking.  In an effort to increase the engagement scores, leaders may be tempted to provide what people seem to be looking for – for example,...

Reflection, Intention, and Action! From Possibility to Reality

Have you reflected on 2019, set your intention for 2020, and are now feeling overwhelmed at the idea of getting into action?  You’re not alone. So often, when we set our intentions, we are in the space of possibility.  That space feels so inspiring and filled with promise.  Acting on our intentions has a way of bringing them to a screeching halt.  If we have big intentions,...

As 2019 comes to a close …

As 2019 draws to a close, reflecting on the year can support your learning, growth and development. There is a saying that we learn through experience; however, as John Dewey said: “We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.” Ways to Reflect … You can ask yourself (I recommend writing out your answers): What went well this year? What did I learn through my...

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