Seven Steps to Develop and Maintain Ease

Below is a re-post of my 7/1/2015 article for Conscious Shift Magazine. There is a strong link between how you feel and what you’re capable of doing.  Your energy level, focus, and drive are a key component, yet often neglected part of your leadership.  If you are feeling depleted, drained, or down, it will not only show; it will get transmitted to others.  Your energy is contagious; both positive and negative. We need to learn the language of our bodies.  The body is constantly giving us information.  The problem is we often ignore it; we dissociate from its’ signals, as …

The Impact of 100% Responsible Leadership May Shock You

Leadership is a way of life. It is an expression of our full nature and unique gifts. And it starts on the inside. The problem is that most of us are unaware of what is going on inside of us. We believe the external world is creating our inner experience when in fact the opposite is true. Our internal experience and perceptions create our reality. The good news about this is that we have way more control than we may have imagined. As a leader, you are not only influencing others, you are impacting them. American editor and essayist William …

Five Habits of Top Athletes to Enhance Your Leadership

This week’s Step Up Leader Tips borrows from Leading Blog. Dr. Greg Wells, author of Superbodies: Peak Performance Secrets From the World’s Best Athletes is a scientist who specializes in extreme human physiology. He draws a parallel between elite athletes and top executives to help business leaders perform at the highest level, even when under the most extreme circumstances. An athlete steps up to the starting blocks in the Olympic stadium. They stand tall, take a few deep breaths, and shake out their muscles. Thousands of people cheer while they are introduced, but their eyes never waver from the lane …

Drama Triangle

Reposted from my Conscious Shift Magazine article. One famous adage leaders often quote is that of President Harry S. Truman, who said, “the buck stops here.”  But what happens in organizational (and family) life often resembles more of an old-style Hollywood movie than a model of responsible leadership.  If we peek behind the screen, we often find the dreaded drama triangle, complete with Persecutor, Victim, and Rescuer. According to Leadership Coach and Author Gary Cohen, “the health and efficiency of an organization can be judged by how often triangulation occurs and whether or not it is tolerated by leaders. Triangulation is when two …

What’s Your Leadership Return?

This week’s Step Up Leader Tips borrows from Leading Blog’s “Return on Character” post. We live in an age where wisdom is only wisdom if it is supported by numbers. There are two obvious problems with this. First, we miss a lot because we are looking for immediate return. And so it puts our focus on the wrong things. And secondly, as a result, we tend to assign value to things in terms of numbers. It is assumed that if it gives us the best numbers, it must be the best choice or behavior. Nevertheless, it is satisfying when the numbers …