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How Artful is Your Leadership?

This last weekend I experienced a rare event; a completely new form of art!  In the exhibition, “The Art of the Brick,” we were treated to the genius of Nathan Sawaya, corporate lawyer turned Master Designer of Lego Sculptures.  What I saw totally amazed, delighted and thrilled me.  It seemed so obvious in retrospect, why hadn’t anyone before thought of making this kind of art entirely from Legos? Individuals who push through the boundaries of commonly held ways of seeing and believing, inspire us.   We all have the ability to do so, but why don’t we do it more …

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 …

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 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 …

Are You an Evolutionary Leader?

What’s the one thing of which we can be certain?  Change is happening and is a constant.  The question is: “How are you leading in relationship to the rapid rate of change?”.  Are you evolving faster than the environment around you?  If you answered negatively or are unsure, you may want to learn more about the Darwinian Law of Organizational Survival. I recently heard a talk by Peter Hawkins, Professor of Leadership at the University of Reading, U.K. He stated that there are three aspects of systemic change that determine an organization’s ability to survive (and thrive). Organizational learning must …