Monthly Archives: June 2015

Digital Distractions: The War for Your Attention

Are you letting digital distractions overwhelm you and eat away at your ability to focus and concentrate? Is technology really saving you time and energy —like it’s supposed to do —or is it running rampant, creating distractions and unnecessary work? I hear these kind of complaints a lot among my coaching clients. Most of us […]
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Use Your Leadership Strengths at Work

I’ve been writing about the value of knowing your leadership strengths so you can get more out of your career. If you haven’t taken a strengths assessment yet, do so now. You can find strengths assessments online. The Gallup Organization identified 34 distinct personal strengths after interviewing 1.7 million professionals over 40 years. Here is […]
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Measuring and Defining
Your Leadership Strengths

Gallup’s new online StrengthsFinder assessment helps you identify which of 34 theme-based strengths you have and how they fit into the four domains of leadership strengths: Execution Influence Relationship-building Strategic thinking You can also take advantage of similar strengths assessments here: free online tools. Defining Leadership Strengths Strengths development requires you to understand several key […]
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4 Leadership Qualities Your Followers Want

As a leader, do you have a good grasp of what leadership qualities your followers want from you? In my previous posts here  and here, I’ve been talking about the benefits of leadership that emphasizes the strengths of people, rather than trying to fix weaknesses. In Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People […]
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4 Effective Leadership Skills

In Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow, New York Times-bestselling author Tom Rath and leadership consultant Barry Conchie reveal the results of extensive Gallup research. Based on their analyses, three keys to effective leadership emerge: Know your strengths—and invest in others’ strengths. Hire people with the right strengths for your team. […]
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Strengths-Based Leadership:
Well Known Yet Not Well Used

Are you a strengths-based leader? Do you engage with your people in discussions about their strengths and talents? My recent series on mid-career crises struck a chord with readers, several of whom shared their dilemmas with me through email and comments. My frequent response is to ask people if they are doing work they love, […]
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Mid Career Crises Aren’t Always Midway

My recent series of post on mid career challenges has resonated with a number of readers. But there’s another crucial moment we face towards the end of one’s career. When we’re nearing the point where we make plans for retirement, these issues flare up again. There’s no term for it, but late-career awareness can be […]
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Mid Life Crisis: Now What?

If you haven’t yet had a mid-career crisis, you probably will at some point. Something happens in our minds between the ages of 35 and 50 that’s too important to ignore. As I mentioned in my previous post here, scientists are only now beginning to study and understand what’s behind mid-life crises. It turns out […]
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Mid Career Crisis: Beware of the U-Curve

One of my coaching clients came to me complaining about a mid-career crisis: In spite of being promoted and having reached (by most standards) a comfortable degree of success and financial stability, he felt a gnawing sense of unhappiness. He loved his chosen profession and industry. But he questioned everything. Something was missing and didn’t […]
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