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 …

As a Leader Do You Know Where Your Mouse Is?

Are you a leader who is drawn to seeing possibilities others don’t see?  Do you question the status quo and wonder “why not?”     I coach entrepreneurial leaders, founders and CEO’s who constantly live in this question.  One of them gifted me with a book that she found provocative, and I did too. It’s called “I Moved Your Cheese:  For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else’s Maze”, by Deepak Malhotra.  In Goodreads, the author states: Top of Form”Over a decade ago the bestselling business fable “Who Moved My Cheese?” offered its answer to this question: accept that change …

Leadership Lessons from Your Dog—Really!

I’ve chosen to feature an entire post borrowed from Willie Pieterson, Professor of Management at Columbia Business School and former CEO of several multibillion dollar businesses. The six lessons abound with insightful, focused wisdom for leaders. Consider this as you make an inventory of what’s made your year as a leader effective… “Margaret Wheatley, the complexity theorist, once wrote: “You cannot change a living thing from the outside. You can only disturb it so it changes itself.” Leadership development, then, is largely about how we learn and grow in response to the disturbances or stimuli that life offers us. These …