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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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Changing Habits Changes Culture

People-Whispering Tip: Changing Habits Changes Culture

DiSC Assessment Application: The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Product Briefings Across the Country, and The Work of Leaders Book

Transformational Coaching Tip: Tips for Championing Execution Through Feedback


People Whispering Tips:

“Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.” | Mark Twain

“In terms of getting people to experiment more and take more risk, there are three things that immediately come to mind. Number one of course, is role-modeling it yourself. Number two is, when people take intelligent, smart risks and it doesn’t work out, not shooting them. And number three, being honest with yourself.” | John P. Kotter


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Patrick Lencioni’s Antidote for a Dysfunctional Team

People-Whispering Tip: Antidotes for the Five Team Dysfunctions

DiSC Assessment Application:  The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Product Briefings Across the Country, Everything DiSC Virtual Certification, and The Work of Leaders Book

Transformational Coaching Tip: Tips for Championing Execution Through Structure


People-Whispering Tip:

“The antidotes for worry are gratitude, action, and service.”  Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“Gentleness is the antidote for cruelty.”  Phaedrus 

Antidotes for the Five Team Dysfunctions

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a magic pill that would make people work together more effectively?  Would that it were so easy to develop a high-performing, happily functioning, fabulous team!

Well, I cannot offer the magic...

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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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Need More Time? Find More with Flow – DiSC Showcases, Time-Sensitive Offers

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Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to go on a Caribbean cruise with Hay House where I participated in a “Writer’s Workshop.”  My wonderful first coach, Cheryl Richardson, was one of the presenters and it was great to see and learn from her again.  I have posted our photo on my Facebook page.  Check out Cheryl’s work at www.cherylrichardson.com.

As I reentered my “normal” life at home, I began reflecting on the nature of time and how it can be hard to get back into the swing of things upon returning from a vacation.

In my work as an executive coach, I see that many people walk through their days unaware and out of touch with their emotional lives in the workplace as well as at home...

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How to Hire Now, Leadership Principles, Digital Age Beliefs

People-Whispering Tip:

Human beings have always been fascinated with what the future might bring. This curiosity has led to wonderful achievements in all facets of life including science, art, literature, and of course, one of my personal favorites, motion pictures. Who can argue with the exploratory and visionary spirit of the “Star Wars” series for example? Or how about the classic “Back to the Future” with likable Michael J. Fox?

As we near the end of the year, we tend to look back on what the year has brought us. This can be a wise, reflective practice if we are grateful for the gifts the year has brought as well as grateful for what we have learned for the future. Depending upon your tendency to look back or to look forward, you might be more inclined to think about what 2011 m...

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Lessons in Leadership and Tender Power: What Can Leaders (YOU) Learn from Princess Diana’s Legacy?

People-Whispering Tip:One doesn’t need to look too far for examples of companies that are failing because they have clung to outdated mindsets based upon hierarchy, autocracy, paternalism, and bureaucracy.  These modes of “command and control” style management are thankfully nearing their completion in the world of business today.  Global markets and technologies which democratize access to information are just a few of the trends supporting this shift.  The shift is not happening without resistance however.

Many of today’s “senior management” are products of decades of business management programming with deeply-rooted hierarchy and control issues...

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Are You Learning/Growing Enough for our Times? Take the Lifelong Learning and Collaborating Challenge!

People Whispering Tip :

I’ve had a lot of epiphanies lately so it was a bit of a challenge to choose among them for a topic for this month’s tip. Having too many simultaneous ideas and options is often one of my challenges in life. I like to create rather than follow through. I can follow up without too much difficulty, but there is an important distinction between following up and following through. Fortunately, I have people in my life who have taught me to do this more effectively and who are naturally good at follow through rather than creating such that we complement one another.

The importance of such distinctions struck me recently while having a coaching conversation with one of my clients who is experiencing a feeling of chronic impatience for not being where he wants to be in his...

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Are You in the Right Petri Dish/Environment to Thrive?

People Whispering Tip:        

 We’ve had great fun with our recent webinar series “Recession-Proofing Your Career” which you can read about at www.recession-proofyourcareer.com.  As an executive career and leadership coach, it often amazes me how few people spend the time to educate themselves about how to make good career choices based on their unique talents and skills.  So many people just seem to stumble into their careers by default (and not just careers but marriages and children, etc.) based upon what their parents, peers, or society via teachers and the media said they should do at the time.

I tend to favor Auguste Rodin’s, the great sculptor of the Thinker, perspective when he said “The world will never be happy until all men (and women) have the souls of artists – I me...

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Recession-ProofYourCareer – www.recession-proofyourcareer.com

People Whispering Tip:

I’m getting tired of reading articles that start with the catch-all phrases “in today’s tough economy,” or “in these challenging times,” etc. I brace myself for another round of bad news or ways in which I will be cautioned to be fearful and to hunker down to prepare for the worst.

Mind you, I am not suggesting that we all “pour pink paint” over challenging situations and pretend they don’t exist. That would be as silly as talking about wellness and prevention to someone who has just been hit by a speeding car head on and is bleeding and suffering from traumatic injuries. Obviously, wellness and prevention are still relevant but secondary to dealing with the immediate issue at hand...

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