Are You Uncomfortable?

This week’s Step Up Leader Tip borrows from Leading Blog. As you enter 2015, I invite you to explore how uncomfortable you are as a leader. It’s not good or bad; it’s simply a barometer of where you are. It’s not an indicator of what you may be able to grow beyond. With curiosity and openness to explore, your results and satisfaction can jump exponentially. “No one likes to be uncomfortable. But, there is a correlation between our growth and success in life and the discomfort we’re willing to impose on ourselves. Growth necessarily takes us outside of our comfort …

20 Career Tips to Make 2015 Your Most Successful Year Ever!

It’s time to set your intentions for 2015. Here are 20 fabulous tips from some of the world’s best career experts to assist you in taking control of your career and making this year your best year ever. Engage in the “Power of Stopping”. According to Susan Freeman, a daily centering practice can reap you huge rewards in terms of calm and peacefulness. It can also improve your relationships with others. Be a “Reflective Leader”. According to Deborah Colman corporate environments today can be chaotic and require a level of interdependence with others. It’s important to know how to “navigate …

Skip the Resolutions and Make 2015 Your Best Year Ever

Welcome to 2015! The beginning of the New Year is full of possibilities and promise. Now is the opportunity to set yourself up for what you’d like to create in the New Year. If you’re like most of us, you’ve discovered that New Year’s resolutions aren’t especially effective. According to an article in Psychology Today, approximately 50% of the population makes resolutions. By mid-February, most of us have fallen off the wagon. Why do resolutions fail? According to the article In Psychology Today from December 27, 2010, “Making resolutions work is essentially changing behaviors and in order to do that, …

Appreciation

Welcome to the final post of 2014. In all the flurry of year-end activity, there is a lot that I want to express. As I write out my notes and cards to friends, family, clients and colleagues, I often challenge myself to identify a theme for my year. This year my words are “appreciation” and “acceptance.”   As the year draws to a close, I truly express appreciation; for others and for myself.   I review all that was done, even when it didn’t feel like it was “enough.” I review what is yet undone and re-calibrate. Is it still important? Should …

Efficiency is the Wrong Mindset for a Leader

This week’s Step Up Leader Tip borrows from “Leading Blog.” It’s relevant because leaders are often caught in the drive for “more, greater, faster,” believing that efficiency can be extracted through pushing harder. This may be applicable to factory work, but rarely works when applied to the complex team-oriented environment today’s leaders face. My experience with clients supports the thesis of this article; that any efficiency we experience comes from relationships with people. Efficiency flourishes when relationships are cultivated. “Efficiency always seems like the right answer. It’s reflexive. Faster. Easier. Who doesn’t want that? And yet while efficiency is critical …