Are You Aware of the Assumptions That You Are Making?

​I read a book about 10 years ago called “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Freedom” * by Don Miguel Ruiz and Peter Coyote.  In the book, they talk about the way that you can create love and happiness in your life by living these agreements.   The agreements are: To be impeccable with your word – speak with integrity and use words that really say what you mean.  You are judged by the words that you use, so ensure that they…
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Be the Change You Wish to See

What type of culture does your company have?   The company that I worked for was very large and had many processes/procedures that had been in place for a long time.  It made it more challenging to drive decisions and get things done.  Once the company separated into two, then things changed.   One company kept a lot of the old culture, while the other company took on more of an entrepreneurial culture.  The change was driven from the CEO on the…
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Are you in a career that you love?  If not, then you need to read this now!

​I wrote an article back in September 2016 on having an “accidental career.”   You can read the post here.  I know that was a true statement for me and it happens for a lot of people.  You are so busy going through the day to day motions of your job, that you don’t realize it.   This is especially true in corporate roles where your management sees potential in you and moves you to another role that needs your help.  Sure,…
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Monday Morning Leadership Q & A – 3/27/17

Monday Morning Leadership

  Today’s Question: “I made a presentation today to a new group.  My boss came up afterwards and said that my slides had some errors.  Is it really a big deal when you have a few errors on your presentation slides?” The short answer is yes.  Here is the longer answer as to why it is important.  When you are presenting information, people want to know that what you are saying is credible and they can believe you.  When you…
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Fantastic Leadership Resource Summary – 3/24/17

​Welcome to the Fantastic Leadership Resource Summary! This week’s summary includes:  motivation, goals, getting to know your employees personally, fix your leadership pipeline, personal brand, setting a leadership example, mentoring others, focus on excellence over perfection   Articles/Ted Talks/Quotes 5 Ways To Nurture Extraordinary Performance https://twitter.com/SusanMBarber/status/844313422560985089 Extraordinary performance is driving by motivation Goals Are Not the Issue, It’s the Way You Think About Them by Jan J. Osburn https://twitter.com/SusanMBarber/status/844043775437668352 Change the Way You Think About Your Goals Want More from…
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Here is the Big Dilemma: Perfection or Excellence?

​Perfection is a slippery slope for a lot of people.  Whatever you do just never seems to be quite good enough.  You keep tweaking and adjusting things to make them better.  In most cases, it probably does make them better.  But does the extra time that you spend doing that work make them that much better?  This is the dilemma for those who seek out perfection.  Brene Brown breaks down what perfectionism really is. “It’s a way of thinking that…
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Are Leaders Doing Enough to Prepare Others?

Leaders have a lot of expectations placed upon them when they take the role.  They have a team to develop, projects to deliver, strategies to define and keeping their stakeholders happy.   What about the other expectations that are not always so obvious?   Yesterday’s post focused on some of these expectations in terms of body language and behavior that leaders need to focus on.   Another unwritten expectation is that you should help, support and guide others.   How can you share what…
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Do You Want to Get in the Game or Sit on the Bench?

I saw a clip last night of the UCONN Women’s Basketball Coach, Geno Auriemma talking about the importance of body language in a game. “We put a huge premium on body language,” Auriemma said. “And if your body language is bad, you will never get in the game. Ever. I don’t care how good you are.” The Coach has set this expectation with his team and for him this applies whether you are in the game or sitting on the…
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Monday Morning Leadership Q&A – 3/20/17

Monday Morning Leadership

  Today’s Question: What is a personal brand and do I need one? I first heard of a personal brand years ago when someone came to speak at a personal development session that I attended. I wasn’t sure what it was and didn’t know if it was important for me to have one. Generally brands are thought of in terms of a company or product. Brands will leverage a commercial jingle, symbols or product design to set themselves apart from…
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Fantastic Leadership Resource Summary – 3/17/17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Welcome to the Fantastic Leadership Resource Summary!      This week’s summary includes:  Develop your leadership point of view, building relationships with your team, increasing trust, can you see things differently, dealing with a micromanager, strengths of a team, succession planning   Articles/Ted Talks/Quotes   7 Questions to Help You Develop Your Leadership Point of View by Paul Sohn. http://paulsohn.org/7-questions-to-help-you-develop-your-leadership-point-of-view/ Do you have a defined leadership view to share with your team?  If not, these questions can…
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