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10 Minutes Can Re-Energize Your Team

7-10 Re Energize Your Team

We were recently in a meeting with two top executives. They were describing an incredibly challenging time when their leadership team was running at full speed. That afternoon, the team asked to skip a leadership team meeting so they could use that time to focus on several “revenue critical” efforts that were underway. These executives [...]

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3 Simple Steps to Effective Delegation

7-7 Effective Delegation

The following is a post that we shared several years ago. We’ve had several clients ask us to run it again as a reminder of the steps to delegate effectively so that they can share it with their colleagues and staff. As coaches and consultants, we find that many people regularly struggle with delegation, and [...]

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Your Dream Team

7-6 The Dream Team

One of the biggest frustrations we hear from people in leadership is that they have to be available to their teams “all the time” to answer questions and solve problems. They say that they read about dream teams that know how to move forward in the face of challenges but their team just doesn’t get [...]

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Provide Powerful Input

provide powerful input

There is a big difference between sharing your opinion and giving credible input and knowing that difference can have a powerful impact on your success.   Giving relevant, useful input is an important skill that requires practice and thoughtfulness. Without a framework for giving input on a question or issue, many of us get anxious [...]

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Starting Your Small Steps

Starting Your Small Steps

In last week’s post, Take Small Steps, we invited you to take a few minutes to reflect on your vision for your life – what it would look like at a 10 – and how that vision compares with your actual life. We’ve heard from many of you that you found the exercise helpful yet [...]

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Take Small Steps

Small Steps

Those of you who know us, know that we believe deeply that change occurs in small steps made consistently over time.  As much as we all wish we could make one big leap into a new life, greater success, more money, etc., for most of us, true change is about taking small steps consistently over [...]

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Workplace Stress Is Higher For Women

Women more stress

  Two weeks ago we did a post titled, Life is Anything but Fair, about seeing the ways the unfairness of life has sometimes brought you gifts. It’s good to pause and remember the things that you have gotten that others have not. Today, we want to talk about those times when you’re treated unfairly in ways [...]

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30,000 Feet

view from 30k

We’ve been contacted by many of you over the years saying that you’re unhappy or worn down by your work and are considering a change. You feel like your company isn’t the same place anymore and you’re unmotivated or frustrated. You’re looking to update your resume and cover letter and see what’s out there that [...]

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I’m Outta here * . . . * almost

Outta here

As executive coaches, we often work with clients who are getting ready to take a new job and yet need to stay engaged and effective until they formally leave their position. Being able to stay engaged is really important not only to your self-esteem and your colleagues’ last impressions of you but also to your [...]

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Brand: YOU

10.30 Brand You graphic

  Good morning, instead of a narrative today, we have a hot seat moment for you: What is your brand? Your “brand” is a combination of your values, your contributions, your attributes, and it is the essence of what you offer to the world. In the next 30 seconds, write down the 3-5 things that [...]

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