Category Archives: Leadership

A Beautiful Constraint

This week’s Step Up Leader Tip focuses on a common leadership issue; constraint. We borrow from “Leading Blog” to reinforce for our readers the power of reframe, mindset and curiosity. Typically we look at a constraint as a negative. A problem to be solved. But what if a constraint was the gift that opened up previously unimagined possibilities? What if a constraint was the gift that took you to the next level? Authors Adam Morgan and Mark Barden remind us in A Beautiful Constraint that Google’s home page is as simple as it is because that was the limit of …

Attention Leaders: “Awe” is What You May Be Missing!

I admit to having had a recent “wake-up” call about awe. I learned that it doesn’t take much to have an experience of “awe,” and the benefits are long-lasting.   Admittedly, up until recently, I underestimated the importance of awe in helping me super-charge my focus, creativity and results. During January, I noticed a post-holiday slump. I was back at work but not feeling my usual positive charge about it. I habitually checked into the office Monday a.m., looked at the beautiful weather outside, and hoped it would last until the weekend, when I could really enjoy it. The weekend came …

What Kind of Leader Do You Want to Be?

This week’s Step Up Leader Tips borrows from Rebecca Newton’s recent Harvard Business Review column. It grabbed my attention because in coaching leaders I find the fundamental question of “What Kind of Leader Do You Want to Be?” to be the one leaders often haven’t reflected upon. When they do, it has the power to transform not only them, but their organizations. “It’s the question missing from so much of leadership development: “What kind of leader do you want to be?” We facilitate and encourage self-awareness among up-and-coming leaders (what kind of leader you are), get them to map their journeys …

The Secret Ingredient to Setting Effective Goals: It’s Not What You Think

Welcome to February! Technically it’s the last month of winter in the Northern hemisphere. For most, the darkness of the season hasn’t yet given way to the lightness of spring. It’s a time when the newness of January’s New Year’s resolutions may have worn thin. It’s also the month for Valentine’s Day; a time when we pay particular care to expressing our love to those who are intimate in our lives.   That love can also apply to goal setting as well. I believe that for goal setting to be effective, it must be done with love. I find that …

Listen, Learn and Live With a Difference in 2015!

This week I invite you to join me in the complimentary Catapult Your Career Success Summit, hosted by Linda Cattelan. The Summit runs from Jan. 20-31. Recordings are available for 72 hours after each speaker’s session or can be purchased for use at any time. I am delighted to be included in the event, on January 30 at 2 p.m EST/ 11 a.m. PST. Throughout the 11 days, you can tap into more than 20 renowned guest speakers and career experts, each of whom brings a specific focus that can help you make your professional life remarkable in 2015. If …