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Are these Sacred Cows or Trojan Horses? 

Like me, are you fascinated and yet irritated by the mythology that surrounds modern working practices?  By mythology, I mean that growing collection of words and phrases describing working practices that have long lost their true meaning.   Some examples  If you are not sure what I mean, here are a few examples.   Balance: Disguising indecision as a bland compromise that attempts to achieve many things but ends up...

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Building Your Legacy: What metrics are important?

The first Olympic 26.2-mile marathon, back in 1896, was won in just under three hours. Roughly a century and a quarter later, the record now stands at a blazing-fast 2 hours. By 2050, will we see a record of 1.1 hours? Is it possible? Is it significant? And, more importantly, why are we so focused on it? Running a marathon is impressive, but not at the cost of losing your bodily functions, endangering your organs, or dropping dead....

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RESISTANCE TO CHANGE RECONSIDERED

Change is a permanent feature of organizations; resistance is an expected part of the journey. Due to neuroscience research, we understand that change often triggers a threat response in the brain. Change means uncertainty, which is an uncomfortable state for many. Reasons for resistance vary, and may include: Loss of status from the change Job insecurity Misaligned reward systems Fear of failure Lack of trust in leadership When...

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How To Say “I Don’t Trust You” Without Saying “I Don’t Trust You”

Addressing low trust in a relationship is a challenging issue. As soon as the “t” word—trust—is mentioned, emotions start to rise, defensiveness climbs, and people begin to feel uneasy about where the conversation is headed. When I conduct workshops on building trust, participants often ask me for advice about how they can tell someone they don’t trust them. That’s because trust is not a topic most people are comfortable...

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7 Strategies To Build Collaborative Relationships

Perhaps, one of the positive outcomes of this pandemic has been the fact that many more organisations have begun to realise that effective collaboration is imperative for long-term success. In a crisis situation, it becomes even more important that organizations pull together experts with unique, cross-functional perspectives to solve rapidly changing, complex problems that have long-term implications. The diversity of experience...

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Are You a Leader, Ice Sculptor, or Both?

You don’t need to know the first thing about ice sculpting to be a good leader. But if you’re willing to take pointers from shaping a frozen block of water into a powerfully moving image, you can move from average to remarkable in the world of leadership. It’s common knowledge that vision leaks. Leadership gurus routinely liken this to a proverbial bucket with a hole in the bottom. Because followers easily forget the mission and...

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Leading Through Recovery: How Leadership Practices Help Me Stay Sober

Addiction has many faces. Some are recognizable and others may be hidden in plain sight. Business icons, medical professionals, lawyers, clergy members, and leaders at every level have been affected by substance abuse and addiction… including me. We are all in recovery from something – whether it’s a job transition, or COVID fatigue, or a toxic work/life balance – and I choose to recover out loud so that other leaders may not...

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What LEGACY are you leaving?

When working with clients, one of the first questions I generally ask is the legacy they wish to leave? It is a powerful question and one which few clients have considered. People often get to an answer with several prompts but are also often dumbfounded when asking the question. Even for relatively-mature business people or organisational leads, it is not something they consider. Which I find strange, or is pursuing money endlessly a...

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Friendship Proves Essential for Resiliency

Tomorrow marks the 22nd anniversary of the death of our beloved brother-in-law, Noam Pitlik. An Emmy-award-winning comedy director, Noam produced such television classics like Barney Miller, Taxi, and Mr. Belvedere. My sister Susan and Noam fought his cancer with love, laughter, and surrounded by our family and friends who fed them, hugged them, laughed with them, and cried with them. Although I didn’t know the research at the time,...

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March 2021 Leadership Development Carnival

Welcome to the March 2021 Leadership Development Carnival! We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, motivation, productivity, team building, and more. Communication Lorrie Coffey of Horizonpointconsulting explains Four Simple Steps to Improve Your Business Writing. Lorrie writes: “We often work with clients who aim to improve communication...