Reflections

Leadership From the Inside Out

“We judge ourselves by our intentions; we judge others by their actions.” I have never coached anyone who intends to be an ineffective leader. I often start coaching engagements using a 360 assessment called The Leadership Circle Profile. This insightful tool measures...

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Along Comes Mary

When I was writing this blog, the words to a song by the Association came to me (Along Comes Mary) along with the title to a movie from the 90’s (There’s Something About Mary). Unfortunately, both of those titles have some connotations I did not want to evoke (but I...

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What separates a great leader from an ineffective leader?

“A business can’t outgrow the effectiveness of its leadership.” --Scaling Leadership (Anderson and Adams, 2019 We’ve known for a long time that great organizations are the direct result of great leaders. But what separates a great leader from an ineffective leader? A...

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Mindlessness

Have you found yourself experiencing the following: rushing through activities without being attentive to them breaking or spilling things because of carelessness inattention, or thinking of something else failing to notice subtle feelings of physical tension or...

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A leadership development tool that really works

I use the Leadership Circle 360 profile in my coaching and assessment work because it is both practical and powerful. I don't say this lightly as  I am hardly new to leadership assessments. During my Corporate career in a senior leadership role, I was on the other...

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“Why We Work” by Barry Schwartz

On my Kindle... In the late 90’s, I was in a leadership class and was asked to write about my philosophy of leadership. I said this: “I believe that people want to do good work. I believe that people want to get meaning from their work, to make a valuable contribution...

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“Those who can do – can’t teach!”

Coming from a family of teachers and having been one myself, I always heard the quote putting down teaching as a job people did when they couldn’t do anything else. “Those who can do – those who can’t teach.” So when I saw the above quote in this week’s New York...

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Unconscious Bias: What? So What? Now What?

When I’m doing work with companies on topics, I try to keep the above three questions in mind: What? So What? Now What? So I start by defining the issue, then move on to why it matters, and then follow up with what do we do about it. When the topic comes to...

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