Tag: Motivation

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…


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 People Teach Us: Merkel/Landrieu – Consider Your Environment Over Your Position

This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed a snap vote in Germany’s Parliament on the legalization of gay marriage, although she opposed the issue based on her beliefs and it was a foregone conclusion that the supporting votes would have the majority.

Regardless of her own personal stance reflected in her “no” vote, and the anti-gay marriage stance of her political party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), gay marriage was legalized by a vote of…


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…


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: Carrie Fisher — Learn From And Accept Lessons From Your Past

Carrie Fisher’s uncompromising, unrelenting and defiant attitude, which was the core of her role as Princess Leia, a role she took on at the age of 19 in the Star Wars films, was mirrored in the later years of her life before she died at age 60.

Even though there was plenty of heartbreak and turmoil in her life, there was so much more she gave to people through her attitude with regard to her own vulnerabilities and…


Developing Your Leadership Is About Speculation, Not Emulation

Leadership is a learning process. There’s no one magic bullet that is going to instill anyone with all the attributes, behaviors, and attitudes that are the right balance to shape the perfect leader.

The learning process can begin with books and theories but it carries over to, and is more refined by, what we see and seek out in our own environments. There are admirable leaders all around us from which we can learn.

This leadership learning…


As a Leader, To Understand All Your Resources, First Seek to Acknowledge and Understand

So much can be accomplished by a leader. So much action can be taken, guidance provided, and so many goals achieved for their stakeholders.

But many leaders have different styles for reaching their accomplishments, utilizing available resources, and emboldening those in their environment.

Great leaders take in a global assessment of both the outside world and the internal dynamic of their workplace or environment but when it comes to the internal assessment, the best and most effective leaders take…


So, You Want To Be An Effective Leader. How Are Your Conversational Skills?

Contrary to traditional — and misguided — belief, leading is not merely about coming into an environment, picking up the torch and pushing forward.

It is not merely serving as a talking head for all that has been built and laid out before one’s own tenure.

It is not merely continuing what was laid out before one’s arrival, but also building upon and improving it, leaving it better than when the initiative, mission, or effort was taken…


Is Your Definition Of Confidence Holding You Back Or Pushing Your Forward?

There are many interpretations of what confidence might be, but there is one misconception that exists in the connection between confidence and insecurity:  Many believe that a confident person does not have insecurities, but the truth is this is false.

To support that that belief is a falsehood, one interpretation of confidence states it is merely a reflection of the knowledge and understanding which a person has in themselves. So someone can be sure of what they…


My One Message To The Graduates In Order To Help You: Challenge Me

To you, as a graduate, here is a tip of tremendous value I can provide to you: Challenge Me.

Before we get to why, let me offer you congratulations on your graduation! This is a tremendous achievement in and of itself, but even more tremendous if you do all that you can to build off of it.

Whether it’s a high school diploma, or an undergraduate, graduate, or doctorate degree, you’re further along your path of knowledge (and…


Are You Their Leader Or Are You Their Leader…For Today?

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders demonstrate the phenomenon perfectly of how the criteria for a leader might shift so drastically.

Their backers, up until Trump and Sanders’ latest appearance on the national stage, would have traditionally backed other candidates in these respective parties, seeking those whose message aligned and reconciled closest to their own concerns, but it has now taken angered, outright disappointment, and calls for drastic action in both ideologies to build…


Success Can Be Everywhere, Everyday, If You’re Ready To Realize It

Much in the same way society needs to rethink “failure,” it also needs to redefine success.

This great blog post on the Huffington Post is a rare gem that doesn’t just tell us how we should reach some grand idea or goal of success but instead has us look at our everyday valuable and contributing actions that might fly under the radar. Hopefully, through pieces such as this, we can realize that…


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