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Category: Overcome Obstacles

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Shit Sandwich

Stop Serving Shit Sandwiches

Are you still serving SHIT sandwiches during performance reviews? Or are you providing positive and negative feedback when it is most useful and meaningful? When it happens.

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Happiness

Happiness Self vs. Memory Self

Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Laureate and founder of behavioral economics, says that we have two selves: our experiencing self and our memory self. Our experiencing self likes to be happy in the moment—with people we like, in a comfortable environment, and engaging in fun activities. Our memory self is more interested in goal attainment than comfort and familiarity; it seeks out experiences that make for good, memorable stories.

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Type II Fun

Type II Fun

As a teenager, I found myself with 16 others on the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Maine in a 30-foot pulling boat with 12-foot swells and no tiller or rudder. The seas were getting rougher and the sky was crackling with lightning and thunder. We were scared, wet, and tired. We were unprotected from […]

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Multiple approaches

Suit-able Leadership

  Suit-able Leadership Your wife says your wardrobe is handicapping you professionally. You respond by finding a wardrobe consultant. He eyes your wide-lapel suit and room-for-two pleated pants and says, “Listen, Italian would be perfect!” What does that mean? It means he loves Italian. But do you–or could you? If you prefer to wear socks […]

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Is there a team member you work around?

Is there a team member you work around?

Is there a team member you work around? If so, take a minute to list your reasons. Did he betray your trust? What is it that you don’t like about her? Cite specific incidences that caused you to write this person off. Now take a minute to consider the consequences of working around this team […]

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say it 7 times

Say It 7 Times

“My fascination with letting images repeat and repeat–or in film’s case ‘run on’–manifests my belief that we spend much of our lives seeing without observing.”           - Andy Warhol Say it 7 times to make it so. There is a reason this became an adage. It works. It works so well that […]

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Blind Spots & Johari Window

Blind Spots & Johari Window

Blind Spots One of my early Electrical Engineering professors (this was in the early 1980′s) always talked about the knowns, unknowns, known unknowns, and the unknown unknowns (blind spots).  This can also be written as follows: I know I don’t know I know that I don’t know I don’t know that I don’t know Keeping […]

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Don't Yuck My Yum

Don’t Yuck My Yum

If you can live by “Don’t Yuck My Yum” you are likely removing one of your biggest obstacles.

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lifeline

The Golden String: Lifeline Exercise

According to myth, Ariadne provided Theseus with a sword and a golden string. He attached the string to the labyrinth’s door, slayed the Minotaur with the sword, and used the string to retrace his steps. The focus of today’s post is on how you can head into the labyrinth of your past, find what you’re […]

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abuse of authority

Abuse of Authority

“The dilemma of authority in our time, the particular fear it inspires, is that we feel attracted to strong figures we do not believe to be legitimate.”    –Richard Sennett, Authority Power begets power. Power also begets followers, who presume the power will be used appropriately and for their mutual benefit. Unfortunately, power occasionally begets […]

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Executive Coaching Performance

Executive Coaching Leads to High Performance

High performance executive coaching clients, those that want to go from great to greater, often believe when they begin working with an executive coach that they are going to be fixed or that there will be heavy lifting involved. This myth sometimes keeps them, and may be keeping you, from finding an executive coach. Most executive […]

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canary in a coal mine

What’s Your “Canary in a Coal Mine”?

Each business is susceptible to many hazards, toxins, and contaminates. These threats may come in the form of legislation, litigation, regulations, competition, supplier dependability, financing, etc. What threats are you particularly vulnerable to? Have you discovered a telltale sign that can provide you early warning before one of these threats kills your organization?

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Overcoming Obstacles

5 Ways to Overcome Obstacles

Obstacles seem untimely, unfair, and unavoidable, but are they? Here are 5 ways to overcome obstacles.

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Trough

Trough

There is a trough in waves a low spot where horizon disappears and only sky and water are our company. And there we lose our way unless we rest, knowing the wave will bring us to its crest again. There we may drown if we let fear hold us within its grip and shake us […]

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finding white space

Finding White Space

The starting point in most of my coaching is teaching leaders how to lean back. They need to erase their whiteboards to make white space in their lives to tackle the really big things I have been hired to help them achieve. Without this white space, they don’t have enough mental or physical room to […]

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