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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 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 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 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 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 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 1

This holiday season, we are once again sharing our version of the 12 Days of Christmas, with a focus on leadership. This year, however, we are expanding on each day. These gifts, when internalized and integrated, lead to increased levels of effectiveness and transformation. On the first day of leadership, my coach gave to me;…

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Connecting

It seems we often start new relationships with common questions – “Where are you from? What do you do? Where do you live now?” These questions are considered socially safe, predictable and expected. However, these safe questions are often slow starters – or worse, non-starters – for meaningful connection. Having recently moved to a new…

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All Our Problems are Problems with Distribution

I studied economics as an undergraduate over 40 years ago, and remember very little from that experience with the exception of one principle – the unequal distribution of wealth, studied by an Italian economist named Vilfredo Pareto. Some of you have come to know this idea as the Pareto Principle, or the 80/20 rule. In his…

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African Buffalo, Oxpeckers, and Leadership

Last month, I wrote about my experience in Kenya and particularly how a pride of lions reminded me of effective teams and strong leadership. Today’s blog is about something my niece and I learned from the guides in Serengeti and the mutual beneficial relationships between different species of animals. After being in Kenya for about…

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