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Overcoming Adversity: Three Steps Great Leaders Take

How a leader responds to adversity reveals how effective that leader is. Reactions to setbacks or crises not only test leadership character, but define it. Some difficulties are devastating, and unfortunately, they are compounded by leadership responses. There’s no...

Renewing Yourself: Try Playing at Work

In last week’s blog post we explored the myth that work and play are opposing desires. In reality, the two are mutually supportive. Play is not the enemy of work, in fact, neither can thrive without the other. We need the newness of play, the sense of flow,...

Renewing Yourself: Work vs. Play

People having too much fun while at work is something I rarely hear these days in my work as a master coach. Yet, I wonder if we don’t discount the value of enjoyment for high performance on the job. There is power in play, even for the most serious of careers. In...

Renewing Yourself: The Power of Play

Whatever happened to unbridled joy in our daily lives? Remember the fun of play we experienced as children? The horses are calling us to renew ourselves and start playing more. Nearly everyone starts out in life playing quite naturally, having fun with whatever’s...

Defeating Skepticism: Trusting in Others’ Ideas

In last week’s blog post we looked at the role personal bias can often play in creating a default attitude of skepticism. A leader with a negative bias over a certain topic will be unable to assess it with objective eyes. These biases and negative prior experiences...

Defeating Skepticism: Shaking Personal Bias

“Success may instill confidence, but it is failure that imparts wisdom. With wisdom comes the inner serenity needed to create a bridge between failure and success.” – Gary Burnison In last week’s blog post we took a look at the problem of constant skepticism in our...

Defeating Skepticism

Skepticism in leadership takes on several forms; some are advantageous, and some are detrimental. In its truest sense, skepticism is a logical and rational challenge of ideas to get to the reality or truth about a specific issue. Leaders with such a constructive,...

The Paradox of Leadership: Strengthening the Giver’s Image

In last week’s blog post we took a look at the sometimes hidden benefits of being a giving leader. While on the surface people tend to think somebody that is a taker will be a better leader, more successful, and advance further in their careers, we’ve discovered just...

The Paradox of Leadership: The Surprise About Giving

In last week’s blog post we looked at the damaging effects of leadership that is based on always taking and not giving to others on your team. Leaders that tend to take from others inflict this career damage upon themselves – all because of their poor treatment of the...

The Paradox of Leadership: The Deception About Taking

In last week’s blog post we took a look at some of the stereotypes surrounding leaders, and the expected behaviours/attitudes of successful leaders. An aggressive, self-serving leader is generally seen as powerful, competent, and productive. We assume this “taker” is...

The Paradox of Leadership: Give and Take

Western leaders have been conditioned for generations to believe that the way to advance is to claim as much as possible, to take more than you give. Many leaders make personal gain the objective of business, and almost any means to achieve it is fair game. Hard work,...

In Search of Self-Confidence: Improving Your Authentic Confidence

“Impatient parents, critical siblings, and inept teachers all can turn the impressionable and moldable young child into someone lacking the basic tools for confidence. Yet this doesn’t condemn us. It just means we have to develop the required attributes for confidence...

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