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Just Add Vulnerability

February 1, 2017

I have a love-hate relationship with math (probably because I am getting worse at it with each passing minute). I do love word formulas, though. They are nice and sticky, as in they are easy to remember and employ. Here’s a favourite formula: Data + Feeling + Impact = Effective Feedback Even my most conflict-averse clients have had success using…

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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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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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Mapping a Healthier World

July 19, 2016

Last Monday, I celebrated my 47th birthday.  As the day approached, I thought of all that has gone right for me over the past year.  I intended to write a post about how I pushed myself to grow and how that has shown up in my business, my relationships and my life overall. I planned to share my wins.  And…

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Why Leaders Use Coaches

September 9, 2015

There’s the clinical list of why leaders use coaches and the real reasons. I’d rather tell you the reasons why I’ve paid my hard earned money for coaching and the real reasons why my clients hire me. But first, let’s cover the dry bits.  Most articles you read about why leaders hire business or executive coaches will talk about structure…

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4 Tips to Win New Work

February 14, 2012

To many professional service providers, the concept of finding new clients and winning work is intimidating. Even the very term “business development (BD)” strikes terror in the hearts of some professionals. Among my coaching clients, the fear often comes from a mistaken assumption that to succeed in BD one has to be an aggressive salesperson.  This couldn’t be less true.…

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Steve Jobs Communicated from the Inside Out

October 11, 2011

Simon Sinek has codified how the world’s most inspiring leaders think, act and communicate.  And he concludes that they do exactly the opposite of everyone else.  In his 2010 TED Talk, Sinek draws his Golden Circle to emphasize how inspiring leaders/ companies communicate from the inside out. First why, then how, then what.  Says Sinek, People don’t buy what you…

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Steven Johnson Knows Where Good Ideas Come From

November 7, 2010

This month’s book club selection was a double whammy for me: good reading and good for business.  The title–Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation–intrigued me when my friend proposed it and the timeline she issued us was a challenge. The book was only released around Oct 5th so we had to order it and read it…

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Start Anywhere and Design Your Life For Emergence

November 7, 2010

I am almost finished reading Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Your Life, Your Business, and Maybe Even The World.  I bought it a while back for a friend and then asked to borrow it back after reading Where Good Ideas Come From.  I was curious how learning more about design from legendary designers like Bruce Mau could teach me about…

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Mix of Business and Pleasure is Music to Your Ears

October 22, 2010

Last night I hosted an intimate and communal experience at my house. Almost 20 people partook and everyone seemed to have a fantastic time.  Before you go too far in imagining what I am describing, let me stop you in your tracks.  The event last night was a house concert and the artist was Nova Scotia singer/ songwriter Ian Sherwood.…

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