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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...

Time for a new pair of shades?

Time for a new pair of shades? Earlier this month, I was dropping off a relative at the airport. As I was heading out, at the drive through parking pay station, I noticed that a person was having difficulty exiting and the attendant was assisting them. Meanwhile, at another parking station, I was attempting to pay for my parking and the payment instruction screen was blank. I assumed the issue...

Intention brings goals and resolutions to life!

INTENTION BRINGS GOALS AND RESOLUTIONS TO LIFE! It’s 2017.  You may have already set some goals or resolutions for the year.  How about intention, the reason for achieving the goals or resolutions? Understanding the intention or the reason why you are setting your particular goals or resolutions is a key step.   In order for something to be compelling, it is important for us to know why we are...

Getting to the HEART of the Matter … Taking Time In

Getting to the HEART of the Matter … Taking Time In [Image source:  forbesoste] We’ve heard the phrase ‘getting to the heart of the matter’.  What does getting to the heart of the matter mean? Heart is the: core, vital component, source of creativity.  Getting to this can take some work.  In coaching, coaches really strive to support clients to get to the client’s own heart of the matter, what...

Taking Time Out

Taking Time Out When we are busy, it is difficult to even contemplate taking time out for ourselves yet it is in our down times that we tend to be most open, creative, and innovative. What does time out look like?: A walk around the block Going to a quiet spot Deep breathing Meditating Being outdoors Gardening or something that makes us present   What does time out do for us: Creates a...

Intuition and Innovation

Have you ever had the experience where you all of a sudden knew or felt somehow that you needed to do something new or different? It just hit you and you were not sure where it came from. This is what some might call an intuitive hit. Others may call it inspiration or an epiphany. Dr. Brené Brown describes intuition as follows: “intuition is not a single way of knowing—it’s our ability to hold...

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