Have you ever been part of a leadership team so aligned that they were able to maintain a unified front even in the face of complex challenges? | Chandler Coaches #leadership

Unified Front

May 14, 2018

Have you ever been part of a leadership team so aligned that they were able to maintain a unified front even in the face of complex challenges? Lucky you! What a beautiful thing to behold. Sadly, it’s so rare that most of us have never experienced it. It doesn’t have to be. The world of systems coaching gives us skills…

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Sometimes we throw ourselves into the metaphorical water and get in over our heads, drowning in failure or loss. Sometimes, even from the water’s edge, circumstances beyond our control wreak havoc in our lives. | Chandler Coaches #leadershipdeveloplment

Plunging Into Feelings

April 23, 2018

  Don’t drink at the water’s edge, throw yourself in. Become the water. Only then will your thirst be quenched. – Jeanette Berson Sometimes we throw ourselves into the metaphorical water and get in over our heads, drowning in failure or loss. Sometimes, even from the water’s edge, circumstances beyond our control wreak havoc in our lives. When faced with…

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I found some moments of provocation and pleasure at The Musée d’art contemporain (MAC). In the exhibit A Crack in Everything many artists pay tribute to our man Leonard Cohen. | Chandler Coaches Inc

A Crack in Everything

April 3, 2018

Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything) That’s how the light gets in¹ ~ Leonard Cohen Our imagined March Break plans cracked at the last minute. Forget our perfect offering… And yet, we found moments of connection and delight in Montreal…

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Since we humans are hard-wired to scan our environment for threats unconsciously much of the time, fear in the workplace is a topic we need to wake up to. | Chandler Coaches #purpose #safety #workplaceculture

The Dance Between Purpose and Safety

March 20, 2018

If you are an average leader (Who wants to be average? I know!), you are likely subject to your thoughts and feelings much of the time.  You don’t have your feelings. They HAVE you. You aren’t conscious that you’re often afraid, you just ARE scared. You likely won’t easily see it or admit it though. Since we humans are hard-wired…

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Introducing Heroine Helen | Chandler Coaches #leadership

Introducing Heroine Helen

February 20, 2018

Her most important thing is to be helpful, sweet, caring and loving. She rescues by easing pain and suffering, at least temporarily. She prides herself on making homemade treats for those she loves, who are in “need”; she makes homemade cards too.   She’s proud of her listening ear, how her thoughtful deeds will have you feeling special, and how she’ll…

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Parenting and leadership are excellent arenas to practice consciousness for the sake of better outcomes at home and at work. | Chandler Coaches #leadershipdevelopment

Lead From Love

January 29, 2018

For three mornings in a row last week, my little girl Lali woke up as angry as a hornet. On the third morning of fury, exhausted from her highly charged storm clouds, I wept openly in front of her. It happened spontaneously as I allowed her to bring me to my breaking point. About 30 seconds in, I became conscious…

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Life-long patterns come from deep beliefs and assumptions. We don’t break them with a bulleted list of strategies like getting up earlier to be on time. | You Cannot Change Until You Overcome Your Own Immunity | Chandler Coaches #leadingwithintegrity #leadershipdevelopment

You Cannot Change Until You Overcome Your Own Immunity

January 10, 2018

My client, Laura¹, was late for her own wedding. Not traditionally late. Really late. The minister almost called it off. And she’s been late for almost everything for decades since.  Lateness has been her life-long pattern. She wants it to stop yet feels powerless. We jumped in by exploring the costs of her lateness habit. For her, there were no…

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I have learned more this past year than I ever have. And it's been a gift. | Chandler Coaches

If You Really Knew Me…

December 18, 2017

…that I think A LOT. That I hold myself to impossible standards. …that I often feel scared. Angry. Jealous. Wronged.  Blaming. Overwhelmed—there’s not enough time, money, love, whatever.  Sometimes I feel powerless to change things. I am below the line often. And it is all fine.  It’s perfect in fact. I am starting to truly understand this and believe it.…

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How owning your contribution can help you better see the situation you're in. | Chandler Coaches Inc.

Blame or Shift?

November 21, 2017

Recently a friend texted for advice about a “hard client he was working with” (his words). He indicated he thought she needed some tough love. He asked me to tell him how to do that. I agreed to have a conversation to explore his situation.   He told me that he had spent three hours the night before crafting an…

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This is how culture eats strategy for breakfast. Culture is simply “the way we do things around here”—the way people think and act. | Chandler Coaches

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast…¹

October 30, 2017

You’ve just hired Selma as your new controller. She has lunch in the staff room on Day 1 to quickly to get to know her new colleagues. She tells one of them that she’s excited to have found a company that develops and promotes their people. After all, she’s been told that by every leader who interviewed her so she…

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