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Doubt and Learning

January 24, 2018 0 Comments
Doubt and Learning

Embrace Doubt: Often, I will start out with a new client, project or endeavor with a considerable amount of conscious doubt. What makes me think I can do this? What makes me think I will be the best coach for this person? When will they find out I’m really an impostor? Frankly I can’t think […]

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People Always

December 27, 2017 0 Comments
People Always

Mission First: But people always. Here’s my takeaway from the mantra: “Mission first, people ALWAYS.” It is true that we are always dealing with people. Ourselves, our leadership team, our employees, our customers and our vendors — all are people. At least for now! I’ve long said that we need to put our employees first. […]

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In Praise of Experts

December 20, 2017 0 Comments
In Praise of Experts

Expert On Every Thing: There was a time, I’m told, when it was possible for a person to know just about everything about every thing in the human experience. Now to be sure, that so-called “knowledge” had to be incomplete and even incorrect in many cases. Nevertheless, one could be a “Renaissance Man” (a term […]

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Filters

September 20, 2017 0 Comments
Filters

Optical Filters The optical filters with which I am most familiar are those that photographers use to enhance their images and videos. These particular filters screw into or clip onto the camera lens. I’m not going to bore you with examples of how the filters are used. Suffice it to say that filters modify the […]

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Get Off the Freeway

September 6, 2017 0 Comments
Get Off the Freeway

A Surprise We were at a breakfast meeting when I happened to mention that earlier in the week, a colleague had a need for a ride home. Of course I offered to help. I was feeling empathy for the fact that he had “lost” his keys somewhere in his office. I lose my keys from […]

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Weakness vs Strength

August 16, 2017 0 Comments
Weakness vs Strength

What’s Your Focus? In my profession (Executive Coaching), there is a lot of discussion around whether one should focus on strengths or on weaknesses. I have tossed this topic around myself and concluded that we should be aware of any weakness, but focus on our strengths. However, a recent podcast brought me up short and […]

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Pride

May 24, 2017 0 Comments
Pride

Pride: Every now and then, my parents (image to the right, both deceased) would let me know that I was getting “too big for my britches.” My father seemed to be particularly tuned into those who were prideful—especially if they treated others with disdain. Having pride in your work and accomplishments was acceptable, even encouraged. But […]

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Your Sentence

May 10, 2017 0 Comments
Your Sentence

Bill Taylor A while back, I had the pleasure of hearing Bill Taylor of FastCompany Magazine speak and moderate a leadership summit. Bill suggest that we each should have a sentence-that one sentence that describes your reason to exist. I have always thought of that as my vision or purpose or “BHAG” (big hairy audacious […]

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Curbing My Enthusiasm

April 26, 2017 0 Comments
Curbing My Enthusiasm

My Enthusiasm Can Be a Bit Much! I get excited about things—perhaps you do too. I find, however, that my enthusiasm can sometimes be received by others as “preaching.” I truly don’t mean it to be that way, but, well, that’s how it is sometimes (often?) received. What to do? Aware It’s a tough cycle […]

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Worth

April 12, 2017 0 Comments
Worth

Worth at Work I hear a lot of discussion among the Generation X and Baby Boomer business leaders about how to handle those “pesky” Millennials. I’m not quite sure why this is such a mystery to people. “Is my work worthy of my sense of purpose, or is it really just a means to an end, […]

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