Make Change Stick: 3 Questions for Success

Qs-for-SuccessEven the most successful leaders have tried and failed to make change stick, while others seem more successful. What makes the difference?

As much as we’d like to believe otherwise, we humans have far less personal control than we like to think we have. We largely go about our days operating out of automatic patterns and impulses. When we decide to change our routines, some of us are more accomplished than others. This topic comes up from time to time with my executive coaching clients. To make changes stick, start by answering three very important questions. Read More »

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Make Change Stick: Knowing Isn’t Enough

Brain-functionsWhen it comes to personal change, like breaking or making a new habit, even the best leaders can struggle. It is difficult to make change stick.

A hallmark of great leadership is adaptability and growth. I’ve written about this type of mindset, here. But changing habits—making changes stick—can be one of the hardest things to do. Once we decide to lose weight, quit smoking, get fit, or do anything differently, it takes a lot of effort and persistence before we can claim success. Anyone who tells you it only takes 30 days to acquire a new habit doesn’t know human nature. Read More »

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Leadership Resilience:
The Will to Win

Leadership-Resilience-Will2WinI’ve been writing about leadership resilience, and the steps great leaders take in overcoming setbacks and adversity. You don’t have to look far to see great examples (as I write this, I am thinking of all the leaders who worked so hard to keep people safe during this hurricane season!) As solutions are attempted, ups and downs will occur. Leaders often take their people into new territory. Things don’t always follow the plan. Read More »

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Leadership Resilience: The Best Action Plan

Best-Action-PlanAre you a resilient leader? Do you use a method or process to overcome setbacks? I’ve been writing about leadership resilience and the steps leaders take in overcoming adversity.

In his book, The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumphs (Portfolio/Penguin, 2014), Ryan Holiday suggests three steps leaders can use to defeat setbacks:

  1. A mindset or perception on how to view the situation.
  2. The motivated action plan on how to address the specific issues.
  3. An inner drive or will that keeps the mindset and action plan going.

With a leadership team in sync on their mental and emotional approach, solutions can be derived and put into place.  But again, a careful and deliberate method yields the best results. Taking action for the sake of action often makes things worse. Action is not needed. Prudent action is. Read More »

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Leadership Resilience: A Solid Foundation

Leadership-Resilience-FoundationI’ve been writing about leadership resilience and the steps leaders take to overcome setbacks and adversity. A healthy mindset takes the most prudent steps. You don’t have to look far to see leaders regard immediate action, any action, as a step in the right direction. This is faulty, dangerous thinking. Read More »

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Leadership Resilience:
The Right Mindset

Resilient-Leadership-MindsetDo you practice resilient leadership? Let me ask you this: When faced with a setback or crisis, do you have the right mindset to overcome adversity?

In my last blog post, I outlined three steps leaders can take to defeat obstacles, manage crises and conquer setbacks, suggested by Ryan Holiday, in his book, The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumphs (Portfolio/Penguin, 2014). Read More »

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Leadership Resilience:
From Setback to Success

Leaderhip-Growth-in-AdversityHow strong is your leadership resilience? As a leader, do you respond well in the face of adversity, looking for opportunities to go from setback to success?

Responses to setbacks or crises not only test leadership character, they define it. Your reaction in times of adversity reveals your leadership effectiveness. Read More »

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How Great Leaders Motivate Other People

Motivate-Other-PeopleI’ve been exploring employee motivation and how great leaders motivate other people. This topic comes up frequently in my coaching practice: If it weren’t hard enough to motivate ourselves when tired or bored, it’s even harder to persuade others into action.

At one time, it was believed that you used rewards (carrots) to encourage behaviors and punishment (sticks) to curb unwelcomed actions. If only it was that simple to motivate other people! External rewards only work for a short time. And sometimes they backfire. Read More »

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7 Signs of Negative Leadership Motivation

MotivationGreat leaders understand negative motivation; you certainly don’t have to look far to see people demotivated. In the global workforce today, more than 50 percent of employees are disengaged while only about 17 percent are “actively disengaged” according to recent Gallup data. Gallup has been collecting surveys on employee engagement since 2000 and the problem of lack of motivation has risen steadily by 2 percent a year. Read More »

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Employee Motivation: What’s Your Score?

Motivating-LeaderAs a leader, how well do you score in employee motivation? Let’s face it: no matter your formal role or position in an organization, you are a motivator. Colleagues need to complete tasks, partners need to do their share, and employees need to become self-sufficient and responsible.  Read More »

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