What Walking a Labyrinth can Teach us About Leadership

The labyrinth is a unique and absorbing invention. They have been used for thousands of years throughout the world, in different cultures and religions. The simple act of walking a labyrinth can shift ordinary linear perception because they are designed along curving circuits. Usually the walker can see the center, yet because there are many turnings along the way, your sense of time and space is altered. You may feel close to the center, yet in the next moment feel far away. It can be disorienting and orienting at the same time. It is training for your brain and body …

7 One-Minute Meditations to Silence Your Mind and Calm Your Day

This week’s Step Up Leader Tips comes from Inc. Magazine. Lolly Daskal reinforces the Step Up Foundational Principle of leaders learning to access a neutral, centered place. Leadership begins where freneticism ends. “If life’s pace is too fast and frantic, practice being mindful and meditating every day, even briefly, to unclutter your mind.” – Lolly Daskal. For most us, life and leadership can be stressful, and success comes at a big price. In the Chinese language, the word for busy is made up of the two characters for heart and killer. And being busy really can be a heartkiller. To find a …

Does Your Leadership Explore What’s Possible?

How often do we bring an empowering mindset to the challenges before us? It’s so easy to stay within our comfort zone and maintain our habits; both in belief and in action. Habits are a way to simplify the complexity of what we process each day. Remember how much concentration it took to first learn to drive a car; every aspect of the experience required focus and attention. After driving for some time, however, what was once taxing becomes less so; it still requires concentration, yet habits are now formed that make it easier, so much so that we often …

Happy and Productive Organizations are a Leaders Choice

“Leadership is not a rank; it’s a decision,” according to Simon Sinek. I’m a big fan of his work. His previous book, Start with Why, is a simple yet profound look at the missing ingredient in bringing passion and purpose to our work. Circle of Safety In his new book and video, “Leaders Eat Last,” he discusses the biological component of working with and building trust with people. He shows how we are biologically wired to connect. Leaders need to tap into that through empathy by creating a “Circle of Safety”, an environment where everyone feels safe and secure, where …

Overcoming the Challenges of Responsible Leadership

This week’s Step Up Leader tip comes from Leading Blog. I chose it because my executive coaching clients will find the themes very relevant. Several of these clients and their companies are on the threshold of the next stage of growth. Making this leap requires the qualities outlined in the book.  These can be challenging to already-successful leaders. “There has always been a call for responsible leaders, but perhaps we just hear the call more clearly today.” In The Responsible Leader, author Tim Richardson begins with a well-written overview of how we got where we are in our understanding of …