Resilience Revisited: Recharge or Relapse

Shawn Achor writes in the Harvard Business Review that resilience requires more than resting.  It requires recovery.  What’s the difference? “So how do we recover and build resilience? Most people assume that if you stop doing a task like answering emails or writing a paper, that your brain will naturally recover, such that when you start again later in the day or the next morning, you’ll have your energy back. But surely everyone reading this has had times where you lie in bed for hours, unable to fall asleep because your brain is thinking about work. If you lie in …

Are You Allowing for a Recovery Period?

I see it all the time with clients.  I’ve done it myself.  Push and push and push some more.  That’s what we’re supposed to do to “get things done.”  Work during the day; work at night and on the weekends.  Why some of us even work throughout our vacations because we “have to.”  But where is the recovery period? In the Harvard Business Review (HBR) this week, bestselling author Shawn Achor, (The Happiness Advantage), talks about the impact of overwork, and the need to cultivate true resilience.  What it requires, may not be what you think. Science is demonstrating that …

Language and Leadership: Are You “Minding” Your Words?

Language is a powerful vehicle for communication and self-expression.  For leaders, it’s an especially important part of influencing others.  Teams will rely on your communication, both implied and direct, in order to act.  They pay attention to your words, and the meaning behind the words.  Are you aware of all the messages your words convey? Language is descriptive, yet it can also be generative.  Language can create the future.  When we express ourselves, we give others a window into our true beliefs and mindsets.  They will then respond in accordance with how those words landed for them. I had a …

What’s Your Leadership Mojo When It Comes to Change?

I was recently privileged to hear a live coaching call between a Master Coach and an Executive Vice President in a large corporation.  The purpose of the call was to let experienced coaches observe different styles of clients and coaching for the sake of improving our effectiveness.  I take these training calls monthly, and always come away with something valuable.  Last week’s call was particularly memorable because it dealt with one of the most common concerns leaders have: How do I lead my organization through change? What was remarkable about this leader was his high degree of self-awareness.  He had …

Are you a Vision Buster?

The new movie “Ghost Busters” appeared recently in theaters as a remake of the popular 1989 film, only this time with an all-female cast. The theme of being a “buster” of something got me thinking about what I do as an executive coach working with leaders and their teams.  I get to hear a lot about what goes on in organizations (and what isn’t going on as well).  In speaking with new clients, I hear their frustration around lack of engagement, focus, and commitment.  I hear how “busy” they are in activities, but also how little of what really matters …