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How can coaching support you to excel as a Leader of Leaders?

Many successful leaders that I have worked with have shared with me challenges and opportunities.  Typically, they are dealing with one of three areas that, when addressed, help them excel with their goals and dreams.  The three areas are:  building confidence, expanding influence and/or amplifying positive impact. How does coaching support these three areas? Leadership is an...

Stability & Focus – Navigating Uncharted Waters

Have you ever gotten through a storm, to find yourself in a new environment on the other side?  This new environment makes your pre-storm environment seem unrecognizable.  The scenario before you, while calm, is vast and uncharted.  How do you move forward? We are living in a VUCA world, a world characterized by Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity.  This is a...

Stability & Focus – Navigating High Waters

Have you ever been on a boat in the middle of a storm?  In the calm, you can see far ahead and aim for your destination or you can chart your course and go from point A to point B with relative ease.  However, in times of instability when waves are all around us, we must find a different way forward, a new focus. If we keep using Plan A – vision and long-term strategy – we will not...

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Ways to Raise Your Awareness

When I speak with people and the topic of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) comes up, sometimes I hear “I don’t get it”.  When I say “Tell me more”, they say “Shouldn’t we all be treating each other as human beings instead of highlighting our differences?” While I can identify with this, I also understand that this is a complex topic, one which we may see as simple in the here and...

What is Diversity Equity and Inclusion? What can I do about it as a leader?

What comes up for you when you hear about Diversity Equity and Inclusion or DE&I?  A number of thoughts could come to mind.  If you are like me, I thought to myself that I naturally act in a way that embraces diversity, practices inclusion, and supports equity.  However, in reading and listening about this topic, I understand that we are all blind in some areas when it comes...

Organizational and Leadership Support through Empathy

There is so much happening in 2020 that can impact us emotionally.  Even in our usual day-to-day, we experience exponential change that impacts how we feel.  It used to be that emotions were kept separate from work.  We now know that emotions impact us both personally and at work, and there is an increased willingness to approach it differently and appropriately. Whether it is...

Empathy in Leadership is …

Empathy in leadership is often misinterpreted.  It simply means putting ourselves in the shoes of other people.  It is often mistaken for getting caught up in drama, sympathy, or counseling. Many a time I have heard leaders share that if they provide empathy, there will be a line-up outside their office door.  This is not the case.  Let’s look at what it is. Empathy is the...

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