“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 […]
Category: Overcome Obstacles
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 […]
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?
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 […]
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 […]
“If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning” – Mahatma Gandhi What is holding you back? Is it your job? Is it the long commute? Is it too many demands on your time? Is […]
Leaders value loyalty highly because they want people they can trust, and they don’t want to be stabbed in the back. But do leaders overvalue loyalty? Loyalty Straight Up Loyalty alone can leave a bitter taste. You can trust loyal workers to support you and stand by you during tough times, but you may not […]
Repetition Penetrates the Dullest of Minds “Nothing is pleasant that is not spiced with variety.”–Francis Bacon On my trip to New Zealand, I was reintroduced to the best snack ever, Ginger Crunch–a pastry that has never made it stateside. That is a spicy and sweet sort of variety I can and do appreciate. Variety isn’t […]
; Have you ever tried to enter the long black branches of other lives – tried to imagine what the crisp fringes, full of honey, hanging from the branches of the young locust trees, in early morning, feel like? Do you think this world was only an entertainment for you? Never to […]
Do you ever become disproportionately mad at another person? You may chalk that up to the channeling of a full day of frustrating events, but it may also be because you’re repressing or suppressing a part of yourself.
If you are trying to figure out who you are as a leader and what you believe, it is good to go backwards before you go forward. That’s because your current beliefs are often a product of or reaction against parental influence.
Tilting at Windmills Many of our “enemies” are illusions–specters of past traumas or the product of misguided beliefs. We allow old narratives to play out again and again, unquestioned. We simply draw our swords and start swinging, just as Don Quixote does in Miguel de Cervantes’ novel. That’s where the term “tilting at windmills” originated. […]