Managing Yourself

A Key to Your Professional and Personal Growth: Receiving Feedback Well

Giving feedback to others should be part of your daily routine, and you probably do it with confidence and firm belief in your point of view. How do you feel, though, when you receive feedback? Do you agree with the giver’s perspective? Your natural reaction when receiving feedback from some…

The Secret to Leadership

“If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself but to your own estimate of it: and this you have power to revoke at any moment.” Marcus Aurelius   What if you knew the “secret” of being a great leader and living a…

Don’t Wait for New Year’s Day: Make a Change Anytime

    It’s an American tradition. January 1 inspires us to change something in our lives and a New Year's Resolution is made. Sadly, most people give up in less than a month. I’ve never believed in New Year’s resolutions. Yes, I want to make personal changes as much as…

Personal Clarity: The Foundation for Authentic Leadership

“First, you have to understand yourself, because the hardest person you will ever have to lead is yourself .” Bill George. True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership Can you remember a leader whom you trusted? Who was consistent? Who honored their personal values and motivations regardless of the situation? If…

Empathy, Emotions and Leadership

  Empathy Is The Most Powerful Leadership Tool Anything you’re trying to make happen as a leader involves other people. Unfortunately, most people don’t have to follow you. They don’t have to believe in your great ideas, buy your wonderful products, or do what you want them to do. You…

Productivity: Time Wasters, Hacks and Doing Less

It seems that everyone is suffering from too much to do. There are countless consultants willing to help, though, with advice on how to accomplish more with your scarce and valuable time. The following  is a collection of blogs and articles that provide some thought-provoking advice on workload and productivity.…

Using the Enneagram: Denial As A Defense

After my first blog about some of my experiences as an Enneagram Type 8, I struggled with writing a second one. I spent several weeks thinking about follow-up topics, but I had no ideas and finally realized that I wasn’t experiencing typical writer’s block. My drawing a blank was actually…

Failure is Your Friend?!

With the best intentions, I made a whopper of a bad decision a couple of weeks ago. It affected others, and almost immediately they began to express their intense disagreement and feelings about it. I took some deep breaths and tried to calm the sick feeling in my stomach. After…

How Do You Define Success?

        "What does success look like?” I often ask my members when they are discussing a problem, challenge or opportunity.  During my last Peer Advisory Board meetings, I asked my members to reflect on their lives and careers and share their “big picture” definitions of success.  Here…

The Three Ingredients to Asking Open Questions: Ingredient #3-Technique

    So far we have covered the first two ingredients of asking open questions. The third ingredient is the easiest. It is the technique or how you word the questions.  When asking open questions, avoid all traces of a suggestion, action, recommendation, etc.  Use “What…”, “How…”, “Tell me more…
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