Category: General Leadership

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…


How Strong is Your Voice for Your Value? What Will You Show Others?

How often do you get opportunities to demonstrate who you are and what you’re capable of?

Opportunities, in and of themselves, can be tricky as life is about taking the opportunities which you’re given at some points in time while making opportunities for yourself at others.

Too many people wait for opportunities to be presented instead of working around life and trying to lay down the tracks for creating their own.

So, in…


Cuban on Trump: Leadership, Management, & Communication

In this article in the Huffington Post, Mark Cuban criticized President Trump, overall, for having “no leadership skills, no management skills, not very good communications skills.”

When it comes to the direction of an organization or entity, these are powerful skills and factors, which play into how effective a leader, boss, or executive is in their work.

This also plays into the perception of effectiveness.

We do not necessarily see the fruits of our labor today, especially in…


In Your Life And Work, What Do You Allow People To Take From You?

Are you allowing others to dictate the course of your leadership and professional development? The development of those abilities and skills may be more out of your control than you know or would prefer.

But that’s only if you let it be that way.

These types of developments are not limited to the proactive steps you’re taking to gain from and influence your immediate environment. Nor are they confined to how you react to factors in your environment.

Beyond…


What People Teach Us: Travis Kalanick — Temper vs. Leadership

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick posted a “Profound Apology” on the company’s website to atone for or, at least, begin atoning for his behavior in a video which surfaced of him berating an Uber driver, while he was a fare in the man’s car, who had challenged him on the company’s policies which purportedly cost the driver $97,000 in losses.

In the posted apology, Kalanick states “It’s clear this video is a reflection of me…


When You Want To Move Forward, Avoid The Dead End That Is “I Don’t Know.”

Leadership and professional development culminate in, ultimately, a goal we have for ourselves, but it begins by serving others.

It begins with serving others because, very rarely, can such goals be accomplished without others buying into, believing and investing in, or contributing to what we are trying to achieve, whether they are customers, staff, or other stakeholders.

And there are various ways to serve others.

First and foremost, we can provide others with focused and definitive consultation, guidance,…


Can You Find The Middle Ground Between You and Your Opponent?

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election has already gone down as one of the most contentious, divisive, and combative election cycles in United States history.

The term “trickle-down,” aside from being used for economic purposes, could also be used to describe how these antagonistic feelings cascaded from the Presidential campaign down to the Congressional elections, to the state elections, and finally into the general public, impacting the relationships of citizens, friends, and family, alike.

Very rarely were there…


In All Your Endeavors, Where Do You Stand On The Bridge of Leadership

How does your leadership transfer across endeavors?

How effective is it from one environment to the next, whether adjusting from your professional to personal or any other environment in which you might operate?

How does it compare across the worlds, environments, and circles of both your career and personal life?

Where do you stand on the Bridge of Leadership?

We’ll get to what the bridge stands for in a minute, but first let’s talk about how we…


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