Bill Berthel

Six Conversations

It is said that every story is based on one of six plots; some writers think of them as the six archetypes of literature, while some see them as the building blocks from which to build more complex plots and stories. While I’m not a writer, I’ve noticed a parallel in my leadership coaching of…

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Leadership Integrity

During a group learning meeting as part of our 6-week-long Performance Experiment / 42-Day Challenge program, a participant shared appreciation for the vast amount of content and materials we offer at Emergent. He then suggested that a subject area which we may not be covering enough is leadership integrity. His intent wasn’t to expose a…

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Every Generation Works Toward Progress

Every generation works toward progress that following generations eventually view as normal – just look at the telephone. My grandparents had party lines. My parents had cordless phones. And we now use phones that fit in our back pockets. That cell phone technology began a century ago, if not more. Progress builds on the past,…

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Be a Goldfish

My family is eagerly anticipating the 3rd season of “Ted Lasso,” the Apple TV+ original series about an American football coach hired by an English football (soccer) team. The owner of the team is bitter due to her recent divorce and her strategy is to ruin the one thing her ex-husband loved … the team….

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Wasted Energy

My wife and I refurbished a historical 1894 Victorian home 15 years ago. It was a dream home … although it was not when we bought it. In fact, it was barely livable. Our families were divided between “you are both so brave and cool for doing this” and “you are both nuts and are…

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Mindful Leadership

In many ways, it’s been a disappointing winter and painful winter so far. Between the covid variant and the Northeast’s usual seasonal viruses, I often hear people say – or find myself thinking – “life is hard.” Or “life’s not fair.” Or any number of other disempowering statements that seem to be spreading like –…

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Driving Performance

To ensure that organizations are sustaining the performance needed to remain competitive and relevant, every leader must have a keen focus on that performance. By attracting and retaining the best talent and fostering a culture of engagement, leaders enjoy teams that outperform the norms. Creating the conditions for individuals and teams to achieve their greatest…

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Building Teams

As leaders, we may have the opportunity to build a new team from the ground up, to grow a team that already exists, or to fully transform a team that is no longer as effective as it needs to be. A leader’s ability to build a trusting environment – where conflict is encouraged and where…

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Communicating Clearly

When we create a shared understanding between two or more people leading to improved performance and connection, we have communicated clearly. When we convey the message in a way that others understand, we not only inform – we motivate and transform. That is an essential role of every leader, including the emerging leader. Communicating clearly…

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Leadership Agility

Today’s leaders are facing increasing rates of complexity, change and interdependence, and these factors will continue to accelerate. Leading today requires the ability to be focused, fast, flexible, and agile. Having both the characteristics of speed and coordination, as well as the ability to react and respond quickly and appropriately to change, is the leadership…

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