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How Leaders Become a Bottleneck

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Leaders lead change, responding to changes in the world and leading companies to greater success. But that comes with bigger and bigger challenges. Without developing, a leader can quickly become a limiting factor – bottleneck – in the organization’s success. Scott Keller says, “In the research for our book, Beyond Performance, we found that the […]

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Did Warren Buffet’s Intuition Fail Him?

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Did Warren Buffet’s intuition fail him? No, not actually, although the story is often told as though it did. Buffet describes it as his $200 billion blunder. In the 1960’s, Buffet noticed a textile company, Berkshire Hathaway, was selling off its mills. It used the money to buy back its stock and the stock would […]

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The Need for Emotional Maintenance

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There are certain things we do for maintenance like wash our bodies and clothes. And we know that if we’re seeking optimum health we need to exercise and get good nutrition in our bodies. What we tend to overlook is emotional and mental maintenance. That always catches up with you, eventually. The thing is that […]

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Emotions: the Transformation Capacity for Leaders

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Why leadership development from the inside-out? Because it’s where your greatest transformation capacity lies. Your untapped potential. And within that inside-out development, probably the biggest gains to be had are around emotions. As leaders, we like to pretend that we have our emotions mastered, that they don’t have a big effect on us, that we […]

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Psychological Safety and Vulnerability for Leaders

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I offer a unique perspective on psychological safety and vulnerability for leaders. We aren’t talking about psychological safety enough -especially in the workplace. Without it, no organization – nor the people within – are reaching their full potential. Conversations that need to happen – don’t. Critical information gets lost. A lack of it disintegrates engagement […]

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Kintsugi: the Art of Creating Value from Breaks

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Have you heard of Kintsugi? As a philosophy, it has lots to teach us about self-growth (and leadership). Kintsugi is the art of taking broken ceramics and mending them back together with gold, silver or platinum to create a new wholeness. Instead of hiding or disguising fractures and breaks, Kintsugi celebrates each artifact’s unique history […]

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How Mindfulness Can Decrease Awareness and Wisdom

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Mindfulness – and the be-here-now approach – can actually decrease your awareness and the ability to connect with your greater wisdom. Surprised? The effort to constantly be ‘in-the-present’ can keep you in a mental space – essentially, stuck in your head. That’s counter to whole brain thinking. Whole being living. Research suggests that our conscious […]

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Understanding Emotional Invalidation

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Emotional invalidation is a significant topic. It comes up in a few ways: invalidating in yourself, invalidating in others and others invalidating your feelings or thoughts. Caveat: don’t beat yourself up if you discover that you’ve dismissed someone’s thoughts or feelings in the past. You likely have at some point. Here’s the thing: when we […]