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04 Apr Break 3 Networking “Bad Habits” & Unleash Connection Potential

When I speak to audiences about the power of networking, I challenge participants to consider which habits are working for – and against – them. Equip yourself with knowledge to change unproductive patterns to help you plan, connect and grow your professional network.  If poor habits prevent optimal networking success, how can you overcome negative patterns and unleash your potential? I always liked...

14 Feb The Language of Leadership

Great leadership requires great communication.  However, great communication can be tricky for leaders due to the complexity of the human brain and how it processes information.  Our brains are made up of three parts; instinctive, emotional and logical – each with its own way of perceiving data.  If great leaders can learn how to improve communication by understanding which parts...

08 Feb Leaders: Inspire and Develop Others | 2 Lessons

Great leadership often means helping others arrive at solutions - in other words - not telling them what to do but rather, guiding them towards positive solutions.  This approach is sometimes referred to as “Socratic coaching” (coaching strategies inspired by the Greek philosopher Socrates) where successful outcomes begin by asking the right questions.  If coaching others leads to improved communication and...

01 Feb LEADERS: Manage “Intergenerational Productivity” Learn 7 Secrets

How do you authentically reach the Millennial generation? Today’s smart leaders know that leading an XYZ organization, cultures created on the principles of the Millennial generation to foster productivity and teamwork among multiple generations working together under one roof, can help them drive success.  If XYZ organizations have an "it" factor, what secrets can help leaders keep employees inspired and companies ahead...

18 Jan Constraints Aren’t Obstacles – See Them as Inspirations

A constraint is a limitation that can affect a leader’s ability to act.  However, when approached with a different perspective, these same constraints offer “gifts” because they have the potential to broaden your thinking and open your potential.  In other words, constraints are great liberators of new possibilities.  When a constraint appears in your path, consider greeting it with enthusiasm...

04 Jan Leaders: Leverage Insights from Neuroscience & Positive Psychology

Did you know the human brain is naturally wired to resist change?  Some leadership experts even contribute the human brain’s resistance to change as one cause for organizational failure.  Breakthroughs in neuroscience are revealing more about what motivates people and how leaders can leverage emotional intelligence for better decision making.  If leaders harness insights from neuroscience to broaden the meaning...

11 Dec Leaders: Small Changes can Spark Big Influence

Do you sometimes wonder if you should launch a major campaign or spend lavishly to change employee behavior?  If you answered yes, I'd like to challenge you to think - SMALLER.  If there's another way, like making small adjustments to how information is presented to shift behavior, what steps can leaders take to spark big influences? Desirable changes in behavior don’t...

11 Nov Leaders: Strategy, Tactics & Leadership Execution

The lesson of knowing the difference between strategy and tactics became clear when my 15 year old son – who had never played a day of football in his life – wanted to tryout for the freshman team.  I had reservations and worried about injury, his ability to grasp the plays, and if he would earn any playing time being...

11 Oct Leaders: The Power of Acknowledgement

"A paycheck is nice, but people work harder and better when the job means something" says Dan Ariely, behavioral economist.  During his TED Talk presentation he shares his beliefs and insights about what motivates us to work (and  it's not always about the money).  Finding a company with leaders who create environments where you feel acknowledged and a sense of...

11 Sep Leaders: Transform Fear Into Your Secret Weapon

After you apply your revised plan, asses how it performs and tweak it again. Repeat the process until you’ve solved the problem. Courage doesn’t mean living and leading without fear. It can often mean leveraging fear as a motivator, a source of information and a tool for self-evaluation.  Fear is essential to survival and although at times it can be intense,...