Tag: Motivation

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

Leadership Lesson: A great way to motivate yourself forward is to regularly take a step back and outline the answers to understand what makes up your foundation.

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…


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…


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…


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…


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

Leadership Lesson: Leadership at any level should include the integrity to stand up against something you don’t believe in, no matter how unpopular the insight might seem and who you might have to tell.

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


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

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

Years of education and experiences combine to make up who and what we are today. It is up to us to take into consideration what is in our…


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

Leadership Lesson: Make sure you don’t allow others to take anything away from you. Period.

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…


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…


Developing Your Leadership Is About Speculation, Not Emulation

Leadership Lesson: Learning leadership is not about copying behaviors, attributes, and approaches but instead about understanding the experiences we share with our leaders that can drive the same approach.

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…


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…


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

Leadership Lesson: Conversations are the fire-starters that get the effectiveness of leadership off the ground, tapping into the resources of the people in the environment, organization, and community.

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…


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

Leadership Lesson: It’s important for us to all understand where it is that confidence comes from, so that we don’t put some undo pressure on ourselves to find something extraordinary outside of ourselves before pushing forward toward what we want.

There are many interpretations — and misconceptions — of what confidence might be. Each of us…


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…


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…


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

Leadership Lesson: Take stock of all the positive things you do, both big and small. Don’t wait for something monumental to happen to celebrate your abilities.

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…


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