Elevate Your Leadership by Taking a Growth Leap
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Greetings, fellow leaders and superheroes around the world! As we dive into the leap year of 2024, I invite you to embark on a transformative journey—one that will elevate your leadership to new heights and unleash the superhero within. In the fast-paced landscape of modern leadership, it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day hustle and bustle. But amidst the chaos, there lies an opportunity—a chance to pause, reflect, and take a leap of faith toward growth and greatness. Imagine this: You, the fearless leader, standing at the edge of possibility, ready to soar into uncharted territor ..read more
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Yes Virginia, There is an I in Team
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1y ago
In this playful leadership lesson, Santa teaches Virginia about different personality styles and the strengths of his reindeer team. And, how together, they work to accomplish a noble goal. We hope you enjoy this playful view on Everything DiSC and have a wonderful holiday season!    Dear Santa, My mummy and daddy say there is no “I” in team. I don’t quite understand this because Rudolph is the bestest reindeer of the whole bunch.  P.S. All I want for Christmas is for my brother to stop fighting with me.     Love, Virginia Dear Virginia, I know your parents h ..read more
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Break Free from Artificial Harmony: 6 Steps to Foster Healthy Team Conflict
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1y ago
Artificial harmony is a common phenomenon in teams where members avoid conflict to maintain a sense of unity and prevent tension. While this may seem like a good idea, it can actually harm the team in the long run by preventing healthy conflict that leads to growth and progress. A true story illustrates this issue: Three managers discussed a solution to a problem, but their leader quickly shut it down when one of them presented it. Rather than speaking up to support a peer, the other two managers remained silent and avoided conflict. This pattern continued, demonstrating that being the messeng ..read more
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Self-Accountability for Thriving Leaders who want to Stay on Track and Achieve Goals
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1y ago
As a professional services business leader, you face unique challenges and responsibilities in managing your team and driving business growth. As we approach the end of a quarter, it's a great time to review your progress and re-align your focus for the upcoming months. However, it can be challenging to stay motivated and accountable for your actions and decisions. That's why creating a self-accountability practice is essential for success. Self-accountability is the ability to take ownership of your actions and decisions, no matter the circumstances. It's a crucial skill that can help you imp ..read more
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Fresh Starts: A Key to Getting Motivated to Pursue Goals
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1y ago
“My last 2 months sucked! I’ve been sick and I’m still feeling unwell! I was looking forward to planning my goals for the new year, but I’ve lost my motivation. I need your help to snap out of it and get into motion – for myself, my team, and my family.” I could see the sadness, frustration, and defeat in my client’s demeanor. Yes, he was disappointed, and he needed to acknowledge the regret before we could focus on helping him move forward. And when he was ready, we figured out a way for him to have a fresh start. Since Chinese New Year’s was just around the corner, why not use that as a fre ..read more
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5 Simple Steps to Design the Year You Want to Live
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1y ago
  It’s with great pleasure I offer you the Lead Your Career, Lead Your Life self-coaching workbook. Consider it my gift to help you create a purpose-filled life in 2023 - a life that has you thriving! Download Your Free Workbook Here   Over the past few years, life has thrown us all some pretty big curve balls. You did your best to navigate through uncertainty and kept your team moving forward. With a whole new set of variables in front of you, you leaned in and took action to make things work. I’m very proud of you for that.    Now, it’s time to take steps to build ..read more
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Problem or Opportunity?
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1y ago
  Frustrated with her workload and the demands on her time, my client, a thoughtful, budding entrepreneur, called me to schedule a half day strategy session. She complained about being in the weeds in her business, knee deep into managing her team, stuck in circles, and not getting ahead. She knew she had to find a way through.  Like many leaders who are responsible for making things happen, this busy entrepreneur was swimming with ideas on how to continue to grow and *most importantly* scale her business. She needed help sorting out her multitude of thoughts, getting herself out o ..read more
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Keep People in the Loop while Officing Apart
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1y ago
The expression “people join companies but leave leaders” is prevalent because leaders play a key role in how people experience working with a company. Do they feel a sense of camaraderie amongst their peers? Do they feel included? Do they feel a sense of belonging? As the world of work opens up to new ways of working – hybrid, back to the office, or 100% work from home, it’s important for us to recognize that people are craving human-to-human connection. What’s equally important to recognize with hybrid or optional work arrangements is that people who work remotely are often at a disadvantage ..read more
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9 Ways to Lead with Trust when Officing Apart
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1y ago
When working remotely, leaders need to be able to trust team members to perform their roles from a distance. Research cited by Daniel Pink shows that professionals are motivated by autonomy, mastery, and purpose. When your team has a deep knowing that they are trusted to do good work and are encouraged to get better at doing work that has a meaningful purpose, they are more likely to have the self-motivation, confidence, and drive they need to perform the work. Having a leader who trusts a team member is key to success, but so is having a team member who trusts their leader. Team members must ..read more
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How to Successfully Onboard a New Virtual Team Member
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1y ago
Onboarding new team members is hard enough at the best of times.  Unfortunately, you can’t just sit someone down at a desk and tell them to start working on something. And, you know full well from your own past onboarding experiences, spending your first week reading an employee handbook and standard operating procedures manual is completely demotivating and ineffective – not to mention outright boring. You want it to be different for your team member. You need it to be different too.  According to Gallup, in pre-pandemic times a decline in employee engagement was evident across peo ..read more
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