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Overcome Your Obstacles with Ownership & Transparency

7-18 Over Obstacles with Ownership

Last week we began a 5-week series on how to ACT with POWER, the third step in the Leader in You Framework (download our overview of this framework here). Within our ACT with POWER framework, there are 5 critical actions that powerful leaders must do to move forward on important issues and initiatives. In last week’s post, we [...]

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Overcome Your Obstacles

7-17 Overcome Your Obstacles

We’ve had several conversations recently with both clients and friends who were feeling stuck because a situation that was supposed to go one way, had taken a turn and was going another way. They had run into an obstacle. To support them on their journey, we shared with them the three steps of leadership (from [...]

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Your Role as the Conductor

7-14 Your Role as the Conductor

A client was describing the fact that he was struggling to get out of the weeds of the day-to-day. He knew that he needed to be more strategic in his thinking and actions, but instead found himself pulled into doing the work that his team was assigned to do.   To succeed in his job, [...]

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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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Oprah

7-5 Oprah

Today is Martin Luther King Jr, and to honor his work around civil rights, we want to share with you a present-day voice advocating for a better world. On January 7th at the Golden Globes, Oprah gave a powerful speech about the importance of speaking up. The speech she gave was moving, and the reaction [...]

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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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Fear Is Contagious

fear is contagious

Fear is like a virus – it’s contagious. It spreads among individuals and, when left to flourish, it can take down organizations. Let us share an example. A few years ago, we worked with an organization where the CEO of the company was not a very skilled leader. She was harshly critical of the work [...]

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Life Is Anything but Fair

Life is anything but fair

Whenever we hear, “Life is anything but fair,” most of us think about the ways that life has not been fair to us. We think about all the ways that life could have or should have gone differently – in our favor. Our challenge to you today is this: Take a moment to consider that [...]

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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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