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Context Before Content

Much of leadership success is based on one’s ability to recognize the context of a situation and to adapt your behavior accordingly. Context agility is critical to long-term leadership success. Context is also critically important in life success. Content without context is a sure recipe for failure and is the reason that many time management techniques just…

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Getting Out of Your Own Way

Nothing changes if nothing changes. And the most important thing that needs changing from time to time is our thinking, While behavior and action are important, they are not even close to being as important as your thoughts and feelings. It is these thoughts and feelings that inhibit or enhance future growth and development. Unfortunately…

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Open to Opening

I was re-listening to a course that I participated in a few years ago with Jerry Stocking. The subject of the course was intuition, an area that I was intending on developing or connecting with more strongly. I had what seemed to be many “aha” moments throughout the three day course, however the concept that…

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The Creation Cycle

Ever since I was a young kid, I was fascinated with how things got created. And while I never was really good at doing it myself, I was intrigued with the process of having an idea and eventually turning that idea into something tangible. Fast forward approximately forty years or so and once again I…

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Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

“Simplify, simplify, simplify, make the affairs of your life number one and two.” – Henry David Thoreau So what do you  think Thoreau means by this? I don’t think he literally means one or two. However this sage advice from the 19th century philosopher may be quite timely for those of us in the 21st century…

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I Surrender, But I’m Not Giving Up

The word surrender often times implies giving up, or perhaps giving in, and the negative connotations associated with quitting. But what I think we are really doing when we surrender is stopping the ego from resisting “what is.” When we surrender, we stop the struggle and the fight and we turn the issue over to our…

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We Teach What We Need to Learn

I had a wonderful opportunity to share my perspectives on an integrated approach to leadership to a group of college juniors and seniors recently. It was inspiring to see their energy and interest for the topic, particularly their interest in the role of spirituality in leadership. Sometime during our conversation, I realized that everything I was sharing…

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Coaching – What Sport?

I remember sharing with my parents my plans to become a coach some years ago. Their immediate response was, “what sport?” Having coached youth soccer and baseball over the years, I could understand their difficulty in comprehending just what a professional or executive coach actually does. My eleven year old daughter recently described what I do to…

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Soft Skills Are Really The Hard Skills

“Soft skills,” almost akin to the “sick sense,” the reference made by some people who do not fully appreciate intuition. Almost by definition referring to any skill as soft almost seems to marginalize it. And some hard charging analytical types spend so much time diminishing these skills because in their minds they can’t be measured. But they…

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Less is More

Less is more. More space allows room for new ideas, insights, and inspirations to surface. We seem to be cultivating a culture where more is better; more stuff, more commitments, more activities, just a lot more to manage and keep track of. Yet at times, when we are taking a breath, we realize at the…

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