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Tool Box: Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams

Tool Box: Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams

One of my recent clients, whom I’ll call Mary, complained that she couldn’t count on her team to produce the work she needed from them. She said that every time she gave them an assignment (for example, producing the budget reports she needed for year-end reporting and planning), she wasn’t satisfied with what they delivered.Continue Reading

How Are You Doing At Paying Attention?

How Are You Doing At Paying Attention?

If you look, you can find myriad articles and books in the leadership field about the importance of paying attention. (Try a quick Google search using “paying attention leadership” if you don’t believe me.) Different authors enter the subject through different doors – the focus might be on skillfully managing the constant flow of emailContinue Reading

The Fourth Fundamental Leadership Skill

The Fourth Fundamental Leadership Skill

A few months ago I wrote about three fundamental leadership skills: taking clear stands without steamrolling, staying connected to others, and managing your reactivity. Lately I’ve begun to think that I missed one, that there’s a fourth skill that leaders have to have to be truly successful, and it has to do with learning. WhyContinue Reading

What’s More Critical To Team Development – Being Positive, or Being Real?

What’s More Critical To Team Development – Being Positive, or Being Real?

I recently saw a Harvard Business Review blog post titled “The Ideal Praise-to-Criticism Ratio.” You may have seen it, too – or at least come across the idea. The basic point is that the verbal communication on high-performing teams (or in happy marriages) is consistently more positive than negative. This particular HBR post cited researchContinue Reading

Tool Box: Resources for Developing the Three Fundamental Leadership Skills

Tool Box: Resources for Developing the Three Fundamental Leadership Skills

In my last newsletter I wrote about the three fundamental leadership skills that I talk about with every client: taking clear stands staying connected managing your own reactivity Here’s the trick: It’s much, MUCH easier to talk about these things than it is to actually do them. Do you know what I mean? How oftenContinue Reading

Three Fundamental Leadership Skills

Three Fundamental Leadership Skills

I talk with every client I have about three fundamental leadership skills. This isn’t the only way to think about leadership, but I find it an incredibly useful way to help leaders see how they tend to shoot themselves in the foot. (Because we all do this, right? If we’re lucky, we have good friendsContinue Reading

Moving Teams To Action: How To Ensure Follow Through On Decisions

Moving Teams To Action: How To Ensure Follow Through On Decisions

As I’ve written before, one common challenge many teams face is the endless loop of discussion that never leads to decisions. No action will take place without that first step. Even when teams succeed in making decisions, though, there’s another common obstacle to effective action, and that’s lack of follow through. Do you know whatContinue Reading

Moving Teams To Action: How To Turn Discussions Into Decisions

Moving Teams To Action: How To Turn Discussions Into Decisions

One of the more common complaints I hear from leaders and teams alike is, “nothing ever moves forward around here.” People describe how discussions go on and on, or get revisited in meeting after meeting, without ever leading to a decision. (Or, decisions get made but there’s no follow through. I’ll cover this in anContinue Reading

Tool Box: EQ-in-Action Profile

Tool Box: EQ-in-Action Profile

Earlier this year, I updated my certification in the EQ-in-Action Profile through Learning in Action Technologies. For those of you with an interest in emotional intelligence, I highly recommend this tool. Few people still question the importance of emotional intelligence to success in leadership and life. Since Daniel Goleman published Emotional Intelligence in 1995, thereContinue Reading

What Does Your Body Have To Do With Your Leadership?

A couple of people have sent me this TED talk by Amy Cuddy recently. If you’re a leader anywhere, it’s worth taking a look at. I’ve long had an interest in coaching leaders somatically (in other words, including the body in coaching), and this talk begins to illuminate why somatic awareness is so important toContinue Reading