Category Motivation

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Turbulence

Employee disengagement can be damaging and expensive especially in turbulent, disruptive times. Creating an environment where employees can remain productive and fully engage with their work while operating under uncertainty and high-pressure requires leaders to know their people on a deeper level.

It also requires a commitment to recognize and meet the individual needs of every employee by understanding there is no “one size fits all” solution. When leaders take action to make these circumstances possible, employees are able to stay connected and engagement and productivity increases.

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Thriving Through Crisis: Managing Self, Managing Others, Managing the Business and Productivity

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In this uncertain and challenging time, many people want to know how best to:

  1. manage their own emotions,
  2. support the people they lead and/or influence, and
  3. somehow remain productive and focused despite these unprecedented circumstances.

Suggestions for Managing Yourself During a Crisis

At this point, I’m sure you’ve received enough advice. You don’t need to be told to self-quarantine and keep your social distance or to wash your hands and stop feeling fear. All of these things are wise to do of course, but I thought I would summarize some helpful suggestions in a series of posts for Thriving Through Crisis: Managing Yourself, Managing Others, and Managing Your Business and Productivity.

In all of the leadership training and coaching my team and I offer, we take a Whole-Person” ...

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In Pursuit of Interesting

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There are many different approaches to self-development. Some of them are physical, some emotional, some spiritual. Most include a series of milestones or goals that allow you to track your progress and look forward to the next accomplishment. But today, we want to call your attention to a different approach. Rather than a future-centric pursuit toward goal achievement, we want you to consider a baseline goal to pursue whatever you find interesting.

Sounds obvious enough. Of course you aren’t going to go out of your way to pursue topics or ideas that you find uninteresting. But what if we told you to go a little further? Zat Rana writes in his Quartz article, All Goals Are Self-Defeating Except One, “The pursuit of interestingness, I think, solves the predicament that is inherent in g...

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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

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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Is Focusing on Strengths Enough? Time-Sensitive Information – Act Now!

People-Whispering Tip:

Leadership is a popular and confusing topic for many probably because it can seem to be in short supply in many organizations.  If you go to any bookstore and search the titles of the business section, you will find numerous books about leadership and how to create results through people.  Is leadership really that complex that we need so many perspectives on the topic? 

Perhaps there is just so much misinformation about what constitutes good leadership, that all of these books serve to dispel some common misperceptions.  For example, there is a tendency to think that only those at the top of the hierarchy are leaders, but that simply isn’t true.  Leaders can be found at all levels of an organization and in all walks of life...

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