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The Dark Side of Achievement Orientation

We are an achievement-oriented society. In many cases, it’s how we measure success, growth, and overall status. It can propel us toward advancement and be the impetus for needed changes in our lives. As leaders, we employ that drive to achieve in our efforts to bring the best out of our employees. As employees, we…

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The Problem with Managing Time

Time management is a constant requirement for just about anyone, and certainly for leaders and members of teams in high performing organizations. We keep full schedules with the intention of being responsible, productive and accountable – to ourselves, to the relationships we have on teams, and to the metrics and objectives of our organizations. However,…

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The 12 Days of Leadership – Day 2

On the second day of leadership, my coach gave to me; Two Minutes of Mindfulness Practicing mindfulness – quieting our minds at the beginning of our day – creates the “space for grace.” We get the double benefit of being inspired through intuition as well as noticing when and how we get distracted throughout the…

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The 12 Days of Leadership – Day 3

On the third day of leadership, my coach gave to me; Three Things To Be Grateful For Merriam-Webster defines “gratitude” as a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. Family, friends and good health may be an obvious top 3, but let’s mix it up a bit! The ability to choose:…

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The 12 Days of Leadership – Day 4

On the fourth day of leadership, my coach gave to me; Four Core Values We value what we do and do what we value. Be intentional about how you use your energy by making conscious choices based on your four key values. Take some time to reflect and select the four values that most effectively…

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The 12 Days of Leadership – Day 5

On the fifth day of leadership, my coach gave to me; Five Stretch Goals Think about this quote: “The biggest rewards in life are found just outside your comfort zone.” (Jack Canfield) When was the last time you took that step, or reaped that reward? How have you achieved a stretch goal in the last…

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The 12 Days of Leadership – Day 6

On the sixth day of leadership, my coach gave to me; Six Empowering Questions Empowering questions are open-ended and thought-provoking, allowing a person to look for answers and new opportunities. Here are six to get you started: How will you feel when you reach your goal? How will your accomplishment serve you? Follow up to…

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The 12 Days of Leadership – Day 7

On the seventh day of leadership, my coach gave to me; Seven Days of Renewal Seven days of renewal…that’s it! One week of vacation. And it will go by fast, believe me. If you are working at the cadence of most leaders I know, it takes anywhere from 48-72 hours to start feeling anything close…

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The 12 Days of Leadership – Day 8

On the eighth day of leadership, my coach gave to me; Eight Additional Minutes of Movement Eight more minutes of movement per day is a gift to give yourself. If you’re not exercising at all, this gets you an hour per week. Movement keeps us alert, focused, and engaged in the game of life. Track…

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The 12 Days of Leadership – Day 9

On the ninth day of leadership, my coach gave to me; Nine Creativity Tips Creativity fuels innovation and gives us new ways of thinking and problem-solving. Try these 9 tips to help fuel your creativity. Put a small pad of paper and a pen on the table next to your bed—capture all your initial thoughts…

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