Three Cheers for Scrooge

December 12, 2016

Ebenezer Scrooge (a well known character in Dicken’s A Christmas Carol–Summary here) was a miserable and miserly business owner who seemingly hated Christmas and people.  He’s known for his Bah! Humbug! response to his nephew’s Merry Christmas. My colleague Tim Edris and I are fortunate to not have any true Scrooges in our practice. After all, a real Scrooge would…

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We have deep underlying assumptions and beliefs that speaking our truth will push people away. Shockingly common, but unfortunately true. | Leader: Step Into Your Truth | Chandler Coaches

Leaders: Step Into Your Truth

November 21, 2016

Fact: Many of the leaders I coach are scared to say what they really think to their people. They withhold facts¹: One of my direct reports is interviewing elsewhere. They withhold thoughts and opinions: I don’t support expanding into the US market right now. They withhold feelings: I feel anger that I was not consulted on that hire. They withhold…

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If you're lost on your leadership journey, simply figure out where the line is. | Chandler Coaches

Dear Leader: Where Are You?

November 2, 2016

Images and metaphor help us tell great stories. They help us explain concepts that we struggle to explain with words alone.   The next 3 minutes could change the way you see the world. Please watch. Now tell me, dear leader…where are you? If your answer is “below the line”, take heart.   Simply notice it and ask yourself: “Am…

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Lean on Me: Partnering to Help Leaders Keep Pace

October 17, 2016

This week, my writing colleague Louise Campbell interviewed my coaching colleague, Tim Edris of the Emerging Leaders Institute, to get his view on leadership and how it is evolving.   “What got you here won’t get you there,” was coined by business leadership guru Marshall Goldsmith to underscore how leaders need to regularly update the way they lead to keep…

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Signaling a Lane Change

October 3, 2016

You’re driving on a fast highway and a car swerves into your lane without any notice.  Your reaction might range from a gentle head shake (tsk, tsk) to jamming on the brakes to ending up in a car crash if you don’t have enough time to react. Signaling a lane change is the law on our roads. Bad things can…

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Are your racing up the ladder of inference? | Feedback: A Formula to Face and Embrace | Chandler Coaches

Feedback: A Formula to Face and Embrace

September 20, 2016

Is feedback important?  We’d all say a resounding, “Yes!” Yet how many of us ever ask for feedback on our leadership? Or ask what’s expected of us, both the spoken and unspoken? And how many of us make giving/getting feedback part of our everyday? Feedback is merely information that helps us know whether we are on track. Sounds so simple.…

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Easy on the Bread

June 21, 2016

This is good advice if you want to lose weight.  It’s good advice for leading a company too. Seth Godin writes that people and companies often complain they don’t have enough butter to cover “their bread.” As leaders, we look for more time, more money, more people to get the job done. We feel stretched, like butter scraped over too…

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“No Clothes” Leadership

May 9, 2016

You and your people are busy, overwhelmed even. How come? There’s just so much to be done, you say, in order to grow. Of course there is. And yet, if we unpacked what busyness is for you, we might find: That you’re addicted at some level to busyness = productivity = you being worthwhile as a person (I am. It’s…

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Conflicted about Conflict?

April 12, 2016

What if I told you that having conflict IS the path to getting what you need AND strengthening your relationship with your foe? True…the path is just different than you may have ever experienced. Most of us have a “go to” conflict style. The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Modes are a good illustration: The modes themselves are not good or bad. Each…

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Your Mindset Matters

March 16, 2016

Your intelligence (or creativity or athletic ability etc.) is something very basic about you that you cannot change very much. OR You can always substantially change how intelligent (or creative or athletic…) you are. Your response may fall somewhere in the middle. Realize it or not, your belief about whether you can change or not permeates every aspect of your…

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