Why Navigating Change is Hard

We can’t chart a brave new course until we recognize exactly where we are, get curious about how we got there, and decide where we want to go. – Brené Brown A high performing leader’s job often requires a consistent, heavy dose of intensive thinking and concentration. This activity heavily taxes the mind and requires…

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Navigating a Busy Season

Busy seasons can often seem overwhelming and exhausting. Rather than just capitulating to all the demands and competing priorities, we have options and choices for being intentional in navigating a busy season and focusing on what’s important for positive growth. Here are some practices of successful leaders who have experienced positive results and personal peak…

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Notice Your Pace

Are you aware, and intentional, of your current pace? Are you racing, wanting to sprint with a closing kick to the finish line, or motivated for completing an important task or milestone accomplishment? Are you clearing the deck so you can head off for a vacation? Many leaders are wired and/or conditioned to be highly…

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How Long Does It Take to Do a One Hour Task?

The answer seems obvious. How long should it take to do a one hour task? One hour. How long does it take? Our actions and behaviors often indicate otherwise. Research studies have shown that the average worker typically has consistent focus on a task for just three to eleven minutes before we are interrupted by…

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Conquering Overwhelm

One of the most common issues I encounter with executives is being overwhelmed, juggling and prioritizing tasks. They are managing complexity and processing massive volumes of data, all while maintaining a high need for insightful thinking and knowing the deep importance of building and maintaining relationships. I’ve interviewed leaders and teams in the midst of…

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Going All In

What does it mean to you to be “all in” as a leader? Have you ever heard the expression, “Leave your emotions at the door?” How does this reconcile with being all in? Being all in is actively practicing authenticity every day. Opening ourselves to be fully seen, dropping the veneer, heavy baggage, and protective…

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Cultivating Meaning and Joy in the Workplace

As a business leader, you set the example and tone for the culture you work and live in. You set vision and chart a compelling course for the future, aligning teams, inspiring commitment, and empowering others around you to act. You are creating a legacy, and your actions and behaviors speak louder than what you…

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Deep Listening for Greater Clarity

With our fast paced lives we seek shortcuts to problem solving and decision making. When we push ourselves at an unrelenting pace, we are tempted to rush to judgment, or make impulsive, reactive calls. Business can evolve to “busy-ness” as we scramble from one task to the next all day long. We get settled in…

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Lighten Up and Loosen Up for Peak Performance

It is a safe assumption that the vast majority of executive leadership jobs require a consistent and heavy dose of intensive thinking and concentration. Our working memory for learning new activities, based in the prefrontal cortex, and our left brain that processes critical thinking, problem solving, and other forms of highly focused attention, require a…

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The Liberating Power of Letting Go

It is curious to notice what we often choose to hold on to and what we choose to let go. Neuroscientists describe the brain’s negativity bias, we dwell on negative feedback and tend to dismiss the positive. Negative people push our buttons, hijack our lives or throw us off our game. We hold grudges, resentments,…

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