Category Archives: Leadership

Does Your Leadership Story Need a Re-Write? Part II

Last week we looked at the ways in which leaders can develop self-awareness around their personal story.  Inspired by Rosamund Stone Zander’s Pathways to Possibility, Leading Blog summarized ways in which we can shift to an adult story—one that is empowering towards who we are now. “When we are operating from the adult narrative: We know we survived childhood and staying alive is no longer a present issue. The mature mind is curious and devotes attention to what is not known. The adult mind is open and flexible: willing to entertain new thoughts and feelings without the need to protect …

Does Your Leadership Story Need a Re-Write?

In my book, Step Up Now, 21 Powerful Principles for People Who Influence Others, the first principle is “Be. Know. Do.”  Leaders, to be effective, must possess self-awareness. Who are you being? Over the next two weeks, I borrow from Leading Blog on this exact question.  This week we explore the context and warning signs.  Next week we’ll examine possible solutions.   Rosamund Stone Zander, the author of one of my favorite leadership books, The Art of Possibility, describes in Pathways to Possibility that “often, our growth requires that we live a new story. We are not “trained to think …

The Surprise Secret Ingredient of Success is…..

Leadership is one of the most written about and studied topics in history.  Vision, strength, perseverance all play a part in leadership.  There is, however one essential human quality, (perhaps the surprise secret ingredient of success), that is required and not always present:  humility. According to a recent article posted in Leading Blog, “humility casts a wide net and makes possible the work of leadership. Nothing facilitates community, collaboration, and innovation like humility. In Humility is the New Smart, Ed Hess and Katherine Ludwig define humility as “a mindset about oneself that is open-minded, self-accurate, and not all about me, …

Do You Draw the Target Before You Shoot? Do You Create Clarity?

I’m working with a number of my clients on creating clarity.  Why?  Because clarity is the first step towards alignment, and alignment is critical to leadership success. In Leading Blog, Mark Miller writes:  “I saw a cartoon years ago in which Charlie Brown shot an arrow at a fence and then proceeded to draw a circle around the arrow. At some level, he found this satisfying. This is not how great leaders think.” Creating leadership success means leaders need to draw the target BEFORE we shoot the arrow. Miller continues, “I’m wondering how often, as a leader, we fail to …

How Far Down Do You Drill as Leaders?

As a coach of leaders and their teams, I am aware that something essential to effective performance isn’t regularly taking place.    I call it the “drill-down.”  I often get called by Founders, Presidents and CEO’s to help them improve in a variety of areas relevant to performance.  This is the heady stuff of strategy, visioning, metrics, etc.  It can include developing a clear vision for growing the company, aligning their direct reports to that vision, coordinating the action between the leadership team, and helping set and or shift the company culture so that it helps support the business’ growth. However, …