Category: Motivation and Engagement

Leadership tip: Let’s stop rewarding high performers by throwing them into a job they aren’t trained for, offering them little training, clarity, or support, and hoping they’ll figure it out...

New Leaders Need More

Isn’t it funny that we reward people who do their job really well by:

Leadership tip: Define your success by YOUR progress, not by how you measure up to THEIR perfection. With a picture of women climbing up a bar graph toward a lightbulb.

Choosing Progress Over Perfection

They’d say it’s not enough. The 10 minutes I exercise. It should be longer. Faster.More. It’s not enough. And I need to remind myself that this is more.It’s more per week.It’s earlier.It’s more intense. Than when I started. While I may get to their more, right now, I need to focus on my more.I nudge forward…
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Leadership Tip: Stressed? Overwhelmed? Exhausted? There are often signs that we need better boundaries. With picture of a person holding there head looking like they are experiencing stress and overwhelm.

Boundaries For the Win

She was stressed.  Overwhelmed.  And exhausted. She was taking on way more than she could or should. Be a team player.Don’t be selfish.Don’t say “no.”Care about others.  Help others.Don’t let anyone fail. You’re strong.  You’re resilient. Don’t let anyone down. She was drowning in her own truths.  She was curious about assertive behaviour.  Having boundaries.   Changing the…
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Leadership Tip: Don't let failure be the end of your goal

Don’t Let A Failure Be the End of Your Goal

My goal was to write an article. I failed. I made a goal to write and send / post an article every week.I’ve kept it going for almost a year. And then I failed.  Twice. I took a week’s vacation. I didn’t plan far enough in advance. I returned to a holiday Monday.I hadn’t planned ahead.…
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Leadership tip: the benefits are the goal

Rethinking Goals Can Create Success

Have you ever made a goal, done something else instead, and felt like you were failing? You’re not alone. When we create goals, we always have an underlying reason for the goal – our deeper “why?”  But we don’t always (rarely?) sit down to think about it.  We don’t get clear on our bigger objective.…
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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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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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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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Working Smarter Not Harder

Working Smarter, Not Harder

I got sick this week.   I woke up Tuesday morning feeling terrible.    Ah, what to do? It’s hard to choose rest when you have things to do. And when you’ve been bombarded your whole life with messaging like: I battled the messaging and chose rest. But first, I needed to send a time-sensitive email. Thankfully, the…
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Focus on the lawn not on the weeds

Focus on the Lawn, Not the Weeds

How much time do you spend talking about the underperformers in your organization?  If you’re like most organizations, it’s a lot.  The 80:20 Rule tends to come into play with underperformers – chances are 20% of the people are taking up 80% of your time.  And draining 80% (or even 100%) of your energy. This…
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