Self Awareness

7 Things I’ve Learned About Values

February 11, 2016
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One of the most beneficial exercises we do with teams when we work with them is the values exercise. The values exercise gives each individual teammate the opportunity to sort through and identify the values that he or she holds most dear. They then share those values with their teammates. What does an individual teammate’s […]

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9 Actions for Increasing Your Discernment

January 28, 2016
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Discernment: a beautiful gift that can bring value to so many in our wake! But what exactly is discernment? We’ve all heard leadership experts talk a lot about knowledge and wisdom, but we seldom discuss the value of discernment. I think it’s because it so hard to explain, figure out and teach… if it can […]

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Our Value Doesn’t Lie in Our Busyness

January 21, 2016
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We all have days, weeks, and sometimes seasons where our projects and commitments exceed our capacity. The question is, how do you handle it? You have two options. You can continue to rush around, frazzled and hectic because you have too much on your plate. (This does nothing to lower your own stress level, and […]

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To the Leader Focused on the Five Percent

November 10, 2015
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Oh, those uplifting leaders who never pass up an opportunity to recognize and celebrate every milestone and achievement! For them, encouraging teammates seems to come as naturally as breathing. They have a gift for identifying and highlighting an individual or team’s progress, no matter how small. And if a big project is 95% successful? Then […]

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The Difference Between Proud and Pride

October 9, 2015
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When it comes to influencing others, I place a great deal of emphasis on the difference between being prideful and being proud. Here’s how I distinguish between the two. Prideful leaders… Focus on image Seek the spotlight Avoid admitting weaknesses or mistakes Are too focused on self Let stubbornness prevent growth

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Sometimes Being Uncomfortable is Okay

October 2, 2015
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In today’s world, or at least in the United States, most of us want to live in comfort! We want comfy homes and comfy cars and comfy clothes. We enjoy comfortable friendships and we like feeling comfortable in our jobs. We equate comfort with stability, harmony, and contentment, and who doesn’t want that? There is, […]

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5 Causes of Dysfunctional Thinking

September 28, 2015
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This week I encountered a situation that got me thinking on the topic of dysfunctional thinking. What is it, and what causes it? We all have good intentions, but sometimes it’s our good intentions that prevent us from speaking up, educating others, debating, or making the best decision. Here five challenges that can lead to […]

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What Drama Really Looks Like

September 22, 2015
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We all probably know one person at work who always seems to be caught up in some sort of personal or office drama. You know who they are, and you know better than to get caught up in their latest turmoil de jour. However, while we refuse to allow ourselves to get caught up in […]

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Lead from the Core

September 18, 2015
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For some, leading others comes naturally. For others, it’s something we have to intentionally work at. Regardless of how you’ve come to lead others, leading must come from your core. In a recent one-on-one with an emerging leader, I questioned her on a decision that she made that wasn’t to my liking. Her response was, […]

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What Your Inconsistency Says About You

September 10, 2015
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In our typically hectic lives, consistency often seems like an admirable but unrealistic character trait. Sure, we grin at the endearing consistency of generations before us. My grandparents were of a generation that you could set your watch by! But in today’s world? Nah! Consistency simply isn’t realistic! Or is it?

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