Category: General Leadership

Your Leadership Wake: As A Leader, How Do You Share Your Opinion?

This previous post had broken down the understanding of leadership impact and the Leadership Wake, and introduced this series of posts regarding where the wake from a leader’s action can be observed. It outlined how a leader — or anyone for that matter — can create and leave behind a positive, neutral, or exhausting experience for those around them based on how they approach different areas such as collaboration, communication, and…


Lessons Everywhere: You Can Learn Strategy In The Most Unlikely Of Places

Developing yourself is about learning and drawing knowledge from books, experiences, and other sources, refining the information and organizing it in such a way that it both suits and reflects you.

When it comes to retaining lessons learned from other people, that knowledge, which contributes to the overall package of who you are, should not all necessarily be drawn from one source. And there are various reasons for which it’s important to maintain a wide variety…


Do You Ever Become Tone-Deaf, Insensitive, Or Even Negligent To Your Constituency?

Could you ever do something today for which you blasted – yes, “blasted” – someone else in the past?

Is that bold? Is it ignorant? Tone deaf? Oblivious? Entitlement?

Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price is being blasted himself for flying on private jets using federal dollars while conducting federal business – a behavior similar to which he berated House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi for in the past. Now, Price’s cost of using private jets (and cost of…


What Kind Of Environment Does Your Leadership Leave In Its Wake?

You’ve seen it in your daily interactions. Sometimes it’s powerful while at other times it isn’t. Its effects can be either long-lasting or easily forgotten. It can influence you to the point of welcoming that experience again or avoiding such encounters as much as possible in the future. You can learn from some of them or not learn anything at all.

Sometimes, it’s even nonexistent.

A Leader’s Wake – the impact which results from a leader’s presence….


What Good Is Someone’s World Of Lessons If They Can’t Come Off The Page?

Learning is important. That much is obvious, right? It’s at the core of what developing, creating, and growing in your life, workplace, and career is.

Some people will stop learning by choice. They’ve had their fair share of as much as they can — and would like to — take.

Others see the merit in evolving, changing, and recycling the knowledge, as it’s refined and further developed throughout their life or career, back into their environment as a means of…


Leadership Hypocrisy: Do You Ask People To Do What You Won’t?

Are you a hypocrite?

Yes, that’s a real question that seeks an honest and self-reflective response. Whether it’s in your work or personal life, do you ask others to do things you won’t? Or, conversely, do ask others not to do something you do?

Oftentimes, we look at situations that we’re involved in, whether in life or at work, with the ultimate hope that they’ll benefit us — and rightly so. This isn’t to say it’s for selfish…


How Does The Role You Play In Your Leader’s Audience Impact Your Effectiveness?

When it comes down to it, leadership isn’t about title but instead about making an impression, being invested, and wielding influence. Even the smallest of steps and actions of impression, investment, and influence can both make a difference and set the example for others.

One would be amazed how easy it is to influence people in a positive manner through example, demonstrating to others what is possible. One can shape the environment, even if just taking one small…


Questioning Your Motivation: The Who? What? Where? When? Why?

Leadership can be effective when we understand our environment and everything in it. We see how things—people, processes, and all other stakeholders—intersect, and we can move accordingly to make sure everything is coming together as smoothly and as efficiently as possible.

But the effectiveness of leadership doesn’t start with the actions taken to influence all those moving pieces in the environment. The actions are what are seen and, hopefully, credited with instilling the environment with the…


Leaders & Followers – How Do You Treat The Workplace Script?

In coming into any endeavor or environment, it goes without saying that the more information one has, the quicker he or she can get up to speed so they feel comfortable making their own autonomous contributions.

To work toward common success, it’s important to provide methods and a foundation of knowledge to help those individuals acclimate to the environment as smoothly as possible. The more they know as they start off, the better they can do as they…


Have You Learned From The Marks Adversity Has Left On Your Journey?

Coaching is an interesting field because it demonstrates how much people don’t know about themselves. Many times, the solutions clients seek are within their reach in their environment, and it is during the coaching process that the client becomes aware of those very tools and how to refine them to serve themselves best.

There are countless times where the client doesn’t know where to look or what to consider. They may doubt themselves or become unsure…


What’s In Your Collection? General Leadership Lessons Can Transcend Across The Ages

True leadership ability has no face. It has no title. Leadership isn’t limited to the few, but possible by the masses. It can be practiced by anyone.

Leadership is not about demonstrating power but encouraging it. Through that encouragement, it sets the tone and example for one’s environment, partners, colleagues, and acquaintances. It’s about being able to make the most out of one’s surroundings, through that encouragement and other proactive steps.

Leadership is not just going along with the crowd due to what’s…


Discussing Leadership In Politics Isn’t Necessarily Being Political

How much will you listen to, read, or learn from something you may not believe you agree with?

Let me explain.

Recently, someone had gone to the Coach It Out Blog and read through some of the blog posts. Admittedly, they found that a good number of the more recent CiO Brief blog posts, which cover contemporary stories in the news, were written in response to the leadership style and steps taken by President Donald Trump.

The reader, offering well-intended…


Look All Around You To Determine And Realize What Inspires You

So often in our professional and personal lives we look around to those we work and interact with and we see what we’re allowed to see, meaning what those around us permit us to see of their lives.

Because of that type of reservation, we don’t see everything that goes or has gone into shaping their lives into what we see today. It’s like that with most people we come across in our day,…


How Far Down Will You Go With The Ship, If You Don’t Speak Truth To Power?

What does it take for you to stand up to a leader or a boss who keeps making missteps?

Let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that in this case, we know what we’re talking about with regard to our own experience and specialty in our field, and we see the boss keeps giving misinformation, getting emotional in their response, or contradicting the information we’re defending our mission with?

How and when do we step in? Do


In The Course Of Your Leadership, How Do You Pay It Forward?

So much goes into our leadership and development — for the present, future….AND past.

We take years of education and experiences, and combine them to get who we are today. It is up to us to take into consideration what is in our past and utilize it to our benefit, to determine what it is that made us who we are.

Not everyone will have the same experiences. Our lives are as different from…


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