Category Archives: Leadership

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 …

Are You Leading in Innovation?

Today’s leaders are pre-occupied with innovation, and rightfully so.  With a rapidly changing landscape, companies who lead in innovation are likely to survive and thrive.  Vijay Govindarajan, a leading business school Professor and author developed a simple, yet effective approach to leading innovation.  For 35 years, he has used the Three Box Solution framework in working with corporations, and suggests that it can “apply equally well to personal transformation.” In a recent Harvard Business Review article he summarizes his formula:  “This  practical approach integrates (Box 1) current business performance with (Box 2) selective forgetting of the past and (Box 3) creating the future.” He goes on:  …

Are You Practicing Patience as a Leader?

The hot days of mid-summer have me thinking about patience.  As the temperatures rise ever higher, I’ve been thinking about slowing down—moving less quickly and more deliberately.  Maybe it’s the heat, but I’ve noticed that I’m becoming more patient. This week’s Step Up Leader Tip is inspired by David Emerald, author of TED, “The Empowerment Dynamic.”  It reveals the value of cultivating patience as a leadership practice.  We are invited to examine how our reactive habits around “fast-action,” can impede us and others. “From one-minute manager to one-minute workouts to one-minute millionaires (all popped up on a quick internet search …