Pandemic, Paralysis, & Productivity


!! Stop productivity porn !! It’s still too soon for bravado about productivity. We're in week three of isolation, and getting more comfortable with the weirdness. But we're not quite there yet. You're probably working from home, and if you have kids then they're home and you're a full-time professional and teacher, and your normal productivity routines are disrupted. Yes, yes, I know, opportunity and crisis go hand in hand. But right now we still need grounding, healing, and kindness more than we need productivity on steroids. The time for explosive action is near, but not when we're reeling from the [...]

Pandemic, Paralysis, & Productivity2020-04-09T17:43:14+00:00

Fear is Normal! So is Courage!


FEAR is an appropriate response right now. Fear is our reaction to threat, and we are threatened in ways we can’t control. Fear sharpens the senses, cuts noise away from signal, and provides a boost of energy for action. Unless you’re sedated, feeling fear is normal. And feel it you must. I’ll come back to that. Panic, over worrying, deep anxiety, incessant fretting, though, is unnecessary. Panic is a selfish impulse that dims your thinking and closes your heart. Panic always leads to unwise and dangerous choices – dangerous to you and others. Panic is an immature indulgence in a time that [...]

Fear is Normal! So is Courage!2020-04-07T16:49:56+00:00

The Blueprint to Conscious Leadership


By Eric Kaufmann, President of Sagatica Matt Lehrer, CEO of Teamwork Athletic Apparel, made  it a practice to give low- interest loans  to his employees — more than 500  loans  over 15 years. To get a loan, employees had to create a household budget and share their goals for the loan. But Matt  turned down a loan request from a single  mother of three who wanted the money  to help her ailing mother. Why? Because he was practicing true conscious leadership. As he coached his employee Anna through the application and budget process, they realized three things: she was motivated by [...]

The Blueprint to Conscious Leadership2019-05-11T00:57:10+00:00

Meetings That Shine


Nine Practices for a Conscious Leader of Meetings Your meetings are the manifest expression of your culture.Whoa, slow down. Really take this in. This is important.Your. Meetings. Are. The. Manifest. Expression. Of. Your. Culture. Every time you call a meeting, you know, “gather around people,” around a table, a phone or a video call, you put your values, norms, priorities, and leadership on display. A meeting isn’t just a reflection of your culture, it IS your culture. So, as a conscious leader, how can you raise the vibration, improve the connections, and accelerate the positive results of a meeting? To [...]

Meetings That Shine2019-04-30T19:53:44+00:00

Deliberate Practice and the Power of Elearning


What is deliberate practice? Do you recall learning to ride a bike? At first, you wobbled and fell and wanted to quit. Most likely, someone taught you how to ride – your dad or mom, older sibling, cousin, or neighbor, perhaps. I first learned to ride with training wheels attached to the rear wheel, and as my confidence and competence grew, the wheels came off. Fortunately, my dad believed in me, practiced with me, and gave me feedback and support. Bike riding changed from awkward to effortless as my skill and experience increased. This is the essence of deliberate practice. [...]

Deliberate Practice and the Power of Elearning2019-03-29T21:43:22+00:00

Leadership Lessons from Tug-Of-War


“What am I creating?” is a critical leadership question you must ask yourself every day. The answer shapes your personal productivity, choices and actions. The answer to this question also orients your team’s choices—it creates alignment. The primary reason  for organizations to exist is to harness the collective power of the group. WE can accomplish more than I; our collective efforts are most impressive when they surge forward in unison. Alignment produces a multiplier effect that demonstrates that the whole IS greater than the sum of the parts. Teamwork, however, can also be challenging and frustrating. Teamwork requires that we subjugate our needs [...]

Leadership Lessons from Tug-Of-War2019-03-29T21:42:15+00:00

The Seven Deadly Mistakes of Coaching


How to stop minimizing your coaching work You are expected to coach. Coaching, however, is not the end-all-and-be-all of talent development. And, the value of coaching is often diminished due to seven deadly mistakes. These mistakes are common, costly, and (typically) invisible to the coach. You can immediately improve your work, and bring out potential in people and teams, when you know when and how to avoid these deadly mistakes. What follows is a framework to engage, orient, and apply your very best contribution as a coach. First, let’s frame and define coaching. Coaching accelerates results and learning through trust, [...]

The Seven Deadly Mistakes of Coaching2019-03-29T21:41:28+00:00

From Training Room to the Boardroom


“How do I become an influential leader?” is a question every life science trainer asks, and one that I’ve been investigating for the past 15 as a coach and trainer. Part of the answer is revealed in the two mindsets and three focal areas that follow. First mindset is to base every decision on improving patient outcomes. Put patients first, next consider clinical practitioners, and then the right thing for you organization. This decision tree ensures integrity, value, and contribution. Second mindset. Leaders think horizontally, while trainers think vertically. Being a SME – in sales, technical details, etc. – is [...]

From Training Room to the Boardroom2019-03-29T21:38:27+00:00

Motivation – A Drug for Lazy Leaders


We’re hardly shocked anymore when we discover that a star baseball player DID take steroids. We’re disappointed, but not shocked. The use of performance enhancing drugs is a cat and mouse game between players and coaches who want ever-increasing power, and regulators who are desperately attempting to maintain a level playing field. In corporations, that performance enhancing drug of choice is motivation. Leaders and managers believe that if their “players” are juiced-up enough on motivation, they will perform at game winning levels all the time. And the drug is addictive. The more its dished out, the more dependant people become, [...]

Motivation – A Drug for Lazy Leaders2019-03-29T21:36:34+00:00
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