Employee Engagement Crisis: What Leaders Can Do Right Now

This week I was privileged to assist a leadership team of a start-up company in an off-site. These folks work all over the country, and rarely have opportunities to engage with one another in the same room.  I enjoy these days immensely, mainly because facilitating a team of high-powered individuals is both challenging and rewarding.  I truly enjoy helping them become more cohesive, effective, and clear around the company’s purpose, including their roles and the necessary behaviors to accomplish this. The participants in this week’s retreat were phenomenally engaged—so much so that the strategic conversations went way over the time …

Does Your Leadership Allow GEFN?

This week’s blog borrows from Donna Zajonc and David Emerald’s “TED Works.” As a recovering perfectionist myself, I have found this to be a powerful approach-it’s what I used when I wrote my book.  I share it with you now. “We were recently on a telephone call with a colleague, talking about a project we are working on together. At the end of the call our colleague said, “I will have the project summary to you by the end of the week.” His voice became stressed as he talked about what he needed to get done to finish the project …

The Power of a Reframe: Leadership, Life, and Limitations

I frequently get to test the power of principles I use in coaching leaders.  One of these is the power of a “reframe” to create meaning from events in our lives.  In the first week of the New Year, I was celebrating the end of 2016—(yes)!  and inviting in all the new possibilities 2017 might offer.  In last few years I’ve noticed January is an “off” month, so I was doing everything I could to offset this.  Intentionality was foremost in my mind. Evidently, the offsets weren’t terribly effective, because a few days ago I broke my pinkie toe.    It’s …

Happy 2017!

Happy 2017!  I have returned from the holiday refreshed and replenished, and hope you feel the same. This month marks the 5th year Anniversary of Step Up Leader!  I’m grateful for the decision I made to go solo, taking on the roles of business founder, owner, and client delivery expert.  I’m grateful for the remarkable array of client leaders, both individuals and organizations who have allowed me to partner with them on their journeys.  Each of them has impacted me in ways both great and small.  Those “aha” moments- where we both realized something big just happened—were nourishing to me.  …

Wrapping Up the Year and Looking Ahead: A Leadership Reflection

Finally!  We’re to the end of 2016.  It’s been a difficult year for me and I’m glad to see it go. Of course, it hasn’t been all bad.  There have been peaks and yes, valleys.   I’m grateful, however, for how I’ve learned to manage the polarity of life.  More and more, I focus on and enjoy the good in the midst of my challenges.  I feel balanced and grateful. I had a colleague ask me recently:  “If 2016 were a chapter in a book, what would you title it?”  I answered without pause:  “True Grit.”  What about you? What would …