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Your (Life) Raft Could Sink You

May 16, 2017

A traveler was on an epic journey. The kind we have heard about in the writings of antiquity– a hero’s journey of sorts. As he was traveling he encountered a river that was too deep and fast moving to cross without help. The dismayed traveler looked up and down the shore to find a bridge, fallen log, or stones to…

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Leader: What’s Your Status?

April 15, 2017

I’m a rookie when it comes to improv theatre. Even as a rookie, though, I have already learned a ton. You might be surprised how much of it translates into how I coach and lead. I’ve written before about how the improvised leader is better than you think. In that post, I was focussed on an improv basic called the…

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Risking Identity to Grow | Chandler Coaches Inc.

Risking Your Identity to Grow

February 21, 2017

My colleague Tim Edris and I have the privilege of coaching a senior leadership team through a year-long program called Leader to Leader™ to increase their individual and collective leadership effectiveness. We know empirically that even small increases in overall leadership effectiveness can have a significant positive impact on the business. These Leaders are Willing to Put Their Identity on…

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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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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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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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A Business-run Family

September 3, 2016

In my business, our direction and priorities for the next year are quite clear. We know what we need to do to execute on our plan and commitments.  And we don’t know what we don’t know so we go forward with openness to learning as we go. I find myself longing for a similar framework for my tiny family of…

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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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Leading. Two Options. One Choice. *

January 19, 2016

As leaders, we have two choices about the way we show up: responsive or resistant. There are only two ways of being. And it is a choice although we are rarely conscious of making it. In the responsive way, I see others as they are—as people. I am responsive to their reality: their concerns, their hopes, their needs, their fears.…

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You Don’t Delegate Well? The Problem is NOT What You Think

October 14, 2015

Coaches and consultants have been failing clients for a long time when it comes to helping them become better leaders by more effectively delegating.  Many offer tips and recipes like this illustrated wikiHow. I’ve done it myself—offered a technical response to what is likely a non technical challenge.  Infrequently, this will do the trick.  For most, the issue is far deeper…

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