Invite with two powerful words

"What else?" is one of my favourite questions. When I'm coaching: "what else?" invites a person to look for other possibilities. The question invites the person to name what seems impossible, or fear is blocking. When I'm leading: "what else?" invites new opinions and...

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Speaking to their hearts

I once heard the story of a company which creates the software which enables popup ads. When asked about their purpose, most people on the team sunk into their chairs. There was a sense of embarrassment as everyone hates popup ads. One person spoke up and said, "we...

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You never know what’s right below the surface

Have you ever been surprised by a reaction to your leadership? It's easy when the reaction is positive and enthusiastic. A positive reaction might be a confirmation you are on the right track. However, what about when the response you get is the sound of crickets?...

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Your greatest leadership weakness

You are leading, and they’re not following. You see the potential for greatness, and they seem content with the status quo. You’re excited by the possibilities, while they seem stuck. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up” — Thomas Edison One of the greatest...

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The downside of a nice place to work

Is it possible for a corporate culture to be too pleasant? What are the odds of not having differing opinions and experiences in a team? The odds are precisely: zero. People will have differing opinions about the best way to do something, market to chase, etc. People...

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What is trying to happen?

Do you have moments of hesitation? Do you procrastinate waiting for a better time? Procrastination is a sign you are at the edge of your comfort zone. Then, when you push through the discomfort, you realize you were worried about nothing. This thing you have been...

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Some will. Some won’t.

I’ve spent a lot of effort, time and money becoming the leader I am. I pride myself in the ability to enter most situations and support people who want to create something better. Not everyone, though, wants my support. I know this likely seems like an obvious...

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Listening in the silence

Do you know those moments when you are in a conversation, and things go quiet? That awkward silence can have people squirming. Do you laugh a little and make a joke about the awkward silence? Do you say something to escape the uncomfortable feeling in the silence? You...

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Boundaries are key

What would the impact be if you tossed a new driver the keys and said: "good luck." In Ontario, new drivers must obtain a G1 license. The G1 license has many boundaries constraining what, how and where you can drive. The boundaries of a G1 license are to keep the...

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Give evil nothing to oppose

Do you ever find yourself in a debate where the other person seems unwilling to give up their perspective? You might label them as inflexible and unreasonable. When another person seems inflexible, turn your attention towards yourself. Often, such debates are rooted...

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