What Scares You as a Leader?

Much of the U.S. is gearing up for Halloween on Friday. I admit that this is not one of my favorite holidays. When my children were young, it had more allure for me than it does now.   In the spirit of the week, we decorate our homes, dress in costume, and have a legitimate excuse to “act up.” This made me think about what scares us as leaders. I have recently returned from a trip to Bhutan, a fascinating country with exquisite natural beauty and architecture, lore and legends, and a unique fusion in the religious practice of superstition, myth …

Asking a More Beautiful Question

This week’s Step Up Tip comes from Leading Blog. It builds upon the Step Up Now foundational principle of curiosity. We coach our leaders to develop the capacity to be curious, and to engage through questions, the hallmark of the coaching leadership style. “If our questions are so unimaginative and predictable that Google can guess what we’re asking before we’re even three words in”, says Warren Berger, “then we aren’t asking the right questions.” “It’s the questions Google cannot easily anticipate or even answer that we should be asking. Asking the right questions helps us figure out what matters, where …

Mid-Life Career Pivot: Are You Ready?

I’ve been privileged to coach many successful executives and leaders who are in mid-life career transition. I enjoy this work immensely, due in part to the fact that I myself once stood in their place. I remember the feelings of knowing there was something else I wanted to do, but couldn’t identify exactly what that was. Well-meaning colleagues forwarded opportunities for positions, none of which held any appeal, in spite of the fact that I had the skills and experience to do the work. What happens then? If you’re like many boomers, this can be a bit of a scare. …

How to Lead from the Creative Zone

This month, along with Conscious Shift Magazine, we explore how to tune in to creativity; both in ourselves and with others. I am privileged to work with leaders who value creativity and innovation. Because the work we do positively impacts their ability to lead creatively, this is one of my favorite coaching topics! There is a common misperception that creativity is limited to a select few among us; writers, artists, musicians, or those in the “creative arts.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Leadership is truly a creative endeavor. To create a business, product or service requires creativity. Solving …

What are you making room for as a leader?

Steve, a CEO client, recently relayed a story that captures an important idea for leaders; the need to let go of certain beliefs, habits and approaches in order to create something different. He told me he and his wife were recently cleaning out their basement storage room.  There were piles of things in the center of the room surrounded by already-full bookshelves. There was stuff as far as they could see. He had been practicing the skill of centering for a short minute or two each morning. This resulted in him becoming aware of developing an ability to quiet his …