Category Leadership Development

Make the Most of Meetings Using Work Style

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As so many of us are working remotely, meetings might be the only chance we have to really “connect” with our coworkers. But the truth is, running productive virtual meetings that leave people feeling clear, comfortable, and understood can be a challenge. This post addresses how to make the most of virtual meetings through understanding everyone’s work styles.

We really liked the tips given in Dori Meinert’s article on SHRM.org, “7 Steps to Running Better Meetings.” Some of these include limiting the number of participants (fewer than eight is ideal) and making sure everyone gets a chance to participate. An HBR article with a similar topic, “Why Your Meetings Stink—and What to Do About It” by Steven G...

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Making Stress Work for You

Every day, we are inundated with ideas on how to reframe our perspectives around different issues. A new diet to help reframe our relationship with food, a digital course on how to change the way we manage finances, a self-help book on how to better understand where your spouse is coming from during an argument. All of these are great solutions for certain people in certain situations. But what about an actionable way to reframe something that affects all of us?

We’re talking about stress.

No matter how much or little, we all experience stress on a daily basis. For some of us, it can be debilitating. For others, only a mild annoyance. Whichever camp you fall into, stress is an unavoidable part of our lives. We all experience it in different ways, shapes, and forms...

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Feel Like No One is Hearing You During This Rollercoaster Time?

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Hopefully you caught our first communication about Managing Yourself During a Crisis. As promised, we are providing some helpful guidance on how to Manage Others. One key is to increase the quality and quantity of your conversations.

By now, you have heard someone say that fear is as dangerous as the virus itself as they urge people to stay calm and not panic. In a work setting, rumors, misinformation, and all kinds of worst-case speculation can spread as quickly as a virus. Now more than ever, it is important to overcommunicate with clarity and compassion. Here are some tips to uplevel the quality and quantity of your communications.

First, be authentically human and communicate with transparency.

When internal and external clients—your stakeholders—have confidence in your motives and co...

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Becoming a Self-Reflective Leader

People-Whispering Tip:

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” ~ Blaise Pascal

“Look within!…The secret is inside you.” ~ William Shakespeare

“Seeing within changes one’s outer vision.” ~ Joseph Chilton Pearce


Becoming a Self-Reflective Leader

During this holiday season, it is easy to get caught up in over-activity and not take the time to truly step back and remember the true spirit of the season. While the holidays are a seemingly valid excuse, it is my observation that in our over-stimulated world today, many of us don’t take the time for self-reflection throughout the year.

What is Self-Reflection?

What do I mean by self-reflection? Quite simply, I mean taking...

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How Inclusion Creates an Engaged Culture

People-Whispering Tip:

“No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.”  ~ Mohandas Gandhi

“I want to appreciate you without judging. Join you without invading. Invite you without demanding.  Leave you without guilt.”  ~ Virginia Satir

“To say ‘we’ and mean ‘I’ is one of the most recondite insults.” ~ Theodor Adorno


What We Can Learn About Inclusion From “The Planet of the Apes”

I suspect you may be wondering what apes have to do with corporate culture.

Well, during the filming of the movie “The Planet of the Apes” in 1967, Charlton Heston (remember Moses?) noticed that “an instinctive segregation” seemed to occur with actors on the set...

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Struggling to Get Started and Get Things Done?

People-Whispering Tip:

“When you reframe problems as projects or opportunities, they will cease to bother you and will begin to stimulate you.”  ~ Alan Cohen

“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” ~ Anonymous

“If you wish to drown, don’t torture yourself with shallow water.” ~ Bulgarian Proverb

 

3 Keys to Getting Things Done

There is a common cry I hear from almost all of my clients these days. That refrain is, there are just not enough hours in the day. I feel their pain and sincerely empathize. Another common complaint I hear is something akin to “I just can’t seem to get myself going on this project.” I feel unmotivated as well as overwhelmed.” Does any of this sound familiar?

Yet when we really observe human behavior, most of us find the time to do ...

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Top 3 Reasons Assessments Can Create a Healthy Organizational Culture

People-Whispering Tip: The Positive Power of Assessments in the Workplace

DiSC Assessment Application:  The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team , Complimentary Strategy Sessions, Everything DiSC Virtual Certification and The Work of Leaders Book

Transformational Coaching Tip: Tips for Being Inspirational


People-Whispering Tip:

“Know Thyself” Socrates (469-399 BC)

It Starts With Self-Awareness:

There is an ancient saying inscribed on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi attributed to the great Greek philosopher Socrates. That saying is “Know Thyself.”  Socrates knew that we must first understand ourselves in order to be truly wise.

In today’s language, we call this self-knowledge self-awareness...

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Stop Being a Lone Ranger and Learn the 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team

People-Whispering Tip: We’re All in this Together: Letting Go of the Lone Ranger Syndrome

DiSC Assessment Application: The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, Everything DiSC Virtual Certification, Complimentary Strategy Sessions and Everything DiSC Comparison Reports, and The Work of Leaders Book

Transformational Coaching Tip: Tips for Generating Dialogue


People-Whispering Tip:

“The guy who invented the wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius.” Sid Caesar

As I work with organizations today, I see a common misdirection of focus and energy.  I call this misguided approach “the Lone Ranger Syndrome.”  Sure, there is a lot of lip service for becoming a high-performing team...

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3 Key Lessons Leaders Can Learn from Nelson Mandela

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“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”

It was 1990 and Nelson Mandela, prisoner 46664, had just been released from prison on Robbin Island after 27 years.  I recall going to see him speak in Piedmont Park with throngs of my fellow Atlantans.

I remember the organizers requested no flash photography be used around him as the retinas of his eyes had been damaged from exposure for so many years to blinding sun reflecting off the white stone in the rock quarries where he was sentenced to hard labor.

He impressed me with his presence so much that I want to honor his passing last week by highlighting just a few of the leadership lessons we can learn from him...

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Make a Dent in the Universe and Be Bold! Contains New DiSC Videos for You on Leadership

People-Whispering Tip: Learn to Be Bold and Make a Dent in the Universe

DiSC Assessment Application: Videos for You on the Website re the Work of Leaders Profile (DiSC and Leadership), Emotional Intelligence, and your Primary Leadership Dimension, FREE Strategy Sessions, Free Everything DiSC Comparison Reports, The Work of Leaders Book

Transformational Coaching Tip: How to be Bold

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People-Whispering Tip:

In many organizations, people are sometimes hesitant to speak their minds and to express bold thoughts and ideas. We’ve been taught that we need to be innovative while still being on time and within budget! We’ve been taught (consciously or not) that being too “out there” could be potentially career-limiting.
But consider this quo...

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