Category: Helping People Thrive

Leadership Tip: To improve your workplace coaching Do More Celebrating small successes Asking questions Listening to understand Supporting critical thinking Creating mutually-agreed upon goals Do Less Blaming and punishing Talking at Interrupting Telling them what they should do Dictating goals

Your Definition of Coaching Impacts Your Results

Admittedly, I sometimes wince when I hear what people are doing in their “coaching” sessions. “We went through all of the tasks and answered their questions.” “We went through the next step of the discipline process.” “I told them what they were doing wrong, what they need to do differently, and what goal they needed…
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Leadership Tip: You can know someone’s going through something without needing to know what someone’s going through.

Caring Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

They let me know they were going through something.  They might not be present.They might not be fully present.They might not contribute today. No details. But enough of a window into their personal life for me to: Be understandingAccommodateCheck-in Care. I advocate for getting results by getting to know, understanding, and supporting people – the whole…
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Leadership tip: "Easy" Leadership Goal: Celebrate 1 small victory per day (or week)

Looking For An Easy Leadership Goal?

We are so used to receiving only negative or no feedback. We tend to only get recognition or reward when we’ve accomplished “the big thing” and get little to no recognition for the little efforts and achievements along the way. We often label things as “no big deal” when they actually take a lot of…
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Top Performers Leave

Fertilize Your Top Performers

He was struggling. Am I really doing a good job? Am I doing it right? Are there things I could be doing better? The stress was getting to him. Cracks in the foundation.  He talked to his boss frequently. But there never seemed to be a way to ask the questions that swirled in his head. It felt too risky…
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Power Squad Podcast: Things That Get in the Way of Change

Hopefully, you’ll find our conversations as interesting as we do! 🙂 Kristina Schmitt, Jenny Barkan, ACC, and I spend a lot of time sharing ideas and building on each other’s thoughts. We thought you might like to listen in as we explore topics that impact leaders and workplaces. Look for the “Power Squad” conversations as a…
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Sorry, but your mom gave you sh*tty advice

Sorry, But Your Mom Gave You Sh*tty Advice

Great leaders: ✔ Embrace and invite conflict ✔ Give honest feedback ✔ Say “no” to things that don’t align with values and priorities Leaders often struggle with these keys to success.Why? We were taught to “be nice” Fighting with siblings?“Be nice” Speaking your truth?“Be nice” Not willing to share?“Be nice” The challenge is that “be…
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Menopause is a leadership issue

Menopause is a Leadership Issue

October 18 is World Menopause Day. Should I be wearing a grey t-shirt? All jokes aside, it turns out menopause is not only a serious issue, it’s a leadership issue. CBC just published an article that references a new report by the Menopause Foundation of Canada, which suggests “missed work days, lower productivity and lost income…
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Leadership Not Babysitting

Why Can’t They Just Behave Like Adults?

Have you ever referred to your job as “babysitting”? Sighed while lamenting about having to deal with an issue? Questioned why the people you lead “can’t just solve it like adults”? I’ve learned:Most adults suck at effectively navigating conflict and instinctively react either too passively or aggressively.Most adults suck at achieving their goals without support.Most adults suck…
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Psychological Safety is your slight edge

Psychological Safety is Your Slight Edge

He rushed up immediately once I was finished speaking. “I don’t want to monopolize all of your time, but I wanted to say that you nailed it with safety. I did leadership development for years and there was always something missing. I’ve come to realize it’s safety.” This week, I had the pleasure of co-presenting to 150…
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Don't just ask why? answer it

Why are they doing THAT?!”

“Why are they doing THAT?” “WHAT were they thinking?” “How did they think THAT was a good idea?” “WHY can’t they just sort it out themselves?” Sigh. Questions like these are asked all day, every day, in organizations.  We express them in frustration to a colleague. We mutter them to our tired selves.  We bring…
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