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How are you as a leader? Find out now.

Being an effective leader hinges on your ability to be self-aware. Self-awareness is foundational in developing your emotional intelligence. We’ve created a brief individual leadership assessment to provide you with an opportunity to reflect on your leadership. The assessment is based in part on Patrick Lencioni’s work in The Five [...]

By | June 28th, 2016|Coaching, Consulting, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership|

Appreciation is the secret sauce – now even more.

Several months ago when we were preparing to write this blog on appreciation, we went on Twitter and entered #AppreciationPolitics, thinking it would be wonderful to find an uplifting story from the political area that we could write about — something that would give us a reason to wax poetic [...]

By | June 23rd, 2016|Coaching, Communication, Leadership|

Back Pocket Coach Strategy #7: May I give you some feedback?

Delivering feedback is not an easy process, and it is even more challenging when the message is potentially negative.  Just the thought of this type of conversation commonly evokes emotional turmoil for both the giver and receiver. Frustrations with an employee, boss, colleague, or other that are not addressed can [...]

By | May 25th, 2016|Coaching, Difficult Conversations, Leadership|

Potent strategies for turning conflict aversion into effective conversations

What is conflict aversion? Broadly stated, conflict aversion is an indirect way of dealing with an issue or a person to avoid confrontation. Conflict averse people tend to avoid conflict at all costs and have inner dialogues that rarely get voiced – much to their detriment. Consequently, their viewpoint is [...]

By | April 5th, 2016|Coaching, Consulting, Difficult Conversations|

Got a bully boss? 3 tips to help you.

What is a bully boss? Bully bosses are people who are very goal-oriented, get the job done, but leave a lot of human wreckage in their wake. We’ve all worked for them at one time or another. Or have had clients who fit the description. When you work for a [...]

By | March 28th, 2016|Coaching, Difficult Conversations|

Appreciation is the secret sauce.

In preparing to write this blog on appreciation, we went on Twitter and entered #AppreciationPolitics, thinking it would be wonderful to find an uplifting story from the political area that we could write about — something that would give us a reason to wax poetic and get a glow on. [...]

By | March 20th, 2016|Coaching|

Difficult conversations just got easier

Some of the more frequent areas we are asked to work on with individuals and teams include enhancing communication skills, conflict management, and difficult conversations. These are not lightweight conversations and while some may enjoy the challenge ‘conflict’ brings, others are skeptical or even averse to engaging in the difficult [...]

By | March 18th, 2016|Coaching, Difficult Conversations|

Creating Your Own Plan

It’s the start of the New Year and a perfect time to reflect on where you’ve been, what you’ve learned, and where you want to be in this next year. I’m a fan of simplicity so this process is all about keeping it simple. Keep your energy focused on what is important for you. […]

By | January 20th, 2014|Coaching, Consulting|

Ten Lessons Important for All of Us

I received a recent blog post by Wayne Hale, former NASA leader, on his reflection about lessons learned 10 years after the Columbia accident. The 10 lessons he lists are applicable to all of us, no matter our focus. Here is the list. Blog link also included for more detail. [...]

By | March 18th, 2013|Coaching, Consulting|

Email: Overwhelm or Opportunity?

Email can be overwhelming. This is likely an understatement for anyone working in organizations. I consistently hear people receiving 100+ emails a day. And everyone seems to be important requiring a response or at least a review. But does it really? […]

By | October 26th, 2011|Coaching, Coaching Corner|