Quiet Insights are Wise & Useful

Catherine Flavin

Much of our work with leaders is about advancing self-awareness in a compassionate, inclusive way.. Susan Cain’s 2013 book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, does just that for introverts and for people who want to effectively engage introverted colleagues. It is a great read, rooted in authentic life experience and research.  

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Self-Aware Leader: How to Tell You’re Disengaged & What to Do About It

Catherine Flavin

Disengagement burns energy poorly. It wears us out and wears others down. Basically, it is a problem of self awareness and being out of sorts with the current environment. It isn’t a slacker problem. It hits all of us at some point, but we typically don’t see ourselves as disengaged.  

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30-Day Challenge for Better Leadership

Cathleen Swody

In many of our programs, leaders create action plans to guide their professional development.  These action plans are crucial to translating learning and aspirations into real results.  Following a post on three ingredients of an actionable action plan, people asked about the best way to get started with a new action plan.  In response, I recommend a 30-day challenge.  

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Boost Emotional Intelligence by Identifying Triggers

Theresa Hoffman

A lot of us are not that aware of how we actually feel or why we react the way we do in many situations. Emotional self-awareness, the ability to understand what we are feeling and why we are feeling that way, is the foundation of emotional intelligence. The good news is that it’s never too late to learn how to recognize and manage emotions. Developing this skill set  helps us through better interactions and  relationships with other people.  

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Focus Attention for Less Stress and Better Choices

Cathleen Swody

Is your week off to a busy start?  You’re in good company!  In his book Focus, Daniel Goleman quotes Tony Schwartz,

“Attention is now the number-one issue on the minds of our clients.”
Focused attention is rare in a world of increasing distractions and multi-tasking.  People often run on autopilot.  They constantly rush to the next meeting and attention is pulled in multiple directions.  This is both stressful and risky for those responsible for making decisions affecting their companies!   As leaders, we can address this risk.  

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Making a Personal Action Plan that Gets Results

Cathleen Swody

Before we stand a chance of influencing other people, we must show we can lead ourselves in a positive direction.  360 feedback, self-assessments, and reflection can be excellent channels to seeing ourselves as we are.  However, we don’t tap into full value of this increased self-awareness until we act 

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Jumpstart Self-Awareness Using the Enneagram

Theresa Hoffman

Self-awareness leads to better performance, influence, and authenticity. One tool we use to jumpstart self-awareness is a personality system called the Enneagram (ennea is Greek for nine and gram means figure or model).  The Enneagram describes nine different ways people think, feel, and behave and sheds light on what is actually motivating our behavior most of the time.  All nine personality types have tremendous gifts as well as challenges that can become derailers when not acknowledged.  

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You Have 360 Feedback…Now What?

Cathleen Swody

360 feedback is an incredibly valuable developmental tool for leaders.  Many people realize that gaining perspective on strengths and opportunities from the people with whom they work is essential for professional growth and development.  However,  

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One-on-One Meetings: The Habit of Better Managers

Cathleen Swody

Recently, I talked about how stockpiling feedback for “the right time” is a bad idea.  Waiting until performance review season can be overwhelming and disengaging for direct reports.  In addition, this is wildly inefficient for you as a manager!  So how can we avoid this tendency?  

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Useful Feedback Is Bite-Sized and Prioritized

Cathleen Swody

For many leaders, giving feedback to employees is the only thing harder than getting feedback.  “I don’t want to sound like a jerk” is how one new manager described the awkwardness of providing constructive feedback.  No matter the industry, organization, or level of position, giving feedback often makes leaders  

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