Monthly Archives: April 2014

In Search of Leadership Gold

One thing I’ve seen extraordinary leaders do is teach others through their own leadership stories of transformation. Some leaders do this well; others end up sounding pedantic or – worse – ego-centric. I believe one of the untapped resources a leader has for teaching others valuable lessons is his or her life story and the […]
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Extracting Wisdom from Your Leadership Crucibles

The ability to extract wisdom from challenging experiences distinguishes successful leaders from their broken or burned-out peers. It’s what transforms leaders into authentic leaders. Difficult and, in some cases, career- or life-threatening events are called leadership crucibles. They are trials and tests — points of deep self-reflection that force you to question who you are […]
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4 Leadership Drives: A Balancing Act

What drives leaders? What motivates them? There are four basic leadership drives that help us understand ourselves and the people we work with. I’ve been reading about basic human drives lately, and am fascinated by Driven: How Human Nature Shapes Our Choices (Jossey Bass, 2001), authors Paul R. Lawrence and Nitin Nohria. According to this […]
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4 Basic Human Drives: Understanding What Motivates Us

No matter how savvy we are, when it comes to human behaviors at work, we’re often stumped. People act in mysterious ways, especially when they feel threatened. In Driven: How Human Nature Shapes Our Choices (Jossey Bass, 2001), authors Paul R. Lawrence and Nitin Nohria propose a four basic human drives that motivate everything we […]
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Understanding Leadership Behavior: 4 Basic Drives

How well do you understand how and why people do what they do at work? Understanding leadership behavior, as well as co-worker and employee behavior, is key to working well. Do you know what drives your boss? There are many ways of understanding your boss, none more seductive than being able to group him/her into […]
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Leadership Motivation: What Drives You?

Do you really understand what motivates you? What is your leadership motivation? Why are you dedicated to your work? Ever since the ancient Greeks declared how important it was to “know thyself,” we think we know ourselves, but the truth is few people actually do. Much is hidden from conscious awareness. Many leaders I know, […]
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How You Can Improve Your Leadership Conversations

In my work as a coach, we take time to observe and reflect the conversations we have as leaders. Many busy executives take for granted they’re highly skilled in leadership conversations, as they’ve been doing it successfully their entire careers. And it’s true, they are good speakers and listeners. But they often get away with […]
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Leadership Conversations: 3 More Blind Spots

I’m learning more about the fine art of leadership conversations in Judith E. Glaser’s book, Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust & Get Extraordinary Results. In my previous post on leadership conversations, I mentioned two conversational blind spots leaders often have: Making false assumptions Underestimating emotions Here are three more blind spots in leadership […]
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Leadership Conversations: Reality Gaps and Blind Spots

I’m learning more about the fine art of leadership conversations in Judith E. Glaser’s book, Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust & Get Extraordinary Results. This book has some real gems in it. As leaders, the more we become aware of reality gaps and conversational blind spots, the more we can converse clearly. In […]
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