Tag Archives: clarity

Self-Management:
Focus for the Year, Plan Each Day

It’s important to learn how to manage yourself well, so that you spend your time daily on what truly matters. You want to stay on a path that gets you where you want to go at the end of each year. It’s not about time management, but self-management.
Posted in career, strategy | Also tagged , , | Leave a comment

Self-Management:
Do You Know Where You Are Now?

At the core of self-management is your self-concept, and how it plays out in your life: the one where you’re a star and the one where you’re a little lost. Reality lies somewhere in the middle. Your self concept inevitably reflects some reality and some fantasy. The two strategic questions are: How can you best […]
Posted in career, strategy | Also tagged , , , | Leave a comment

How to Speed Up Self-Awareness:
Listen to Your Self-Talk

It’s not always easy to uncover our blind spots and gain real self-awareness. One way is to write down your self-talk, using the exact words you use. Do this several times over the course of a week, and you’ll uncover a lot about how you think and perceive the world. This self-awareness exercise is more […]
Posted in coaching, communication, leadership | Also tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Self-Awareness: Listen to Your Inner Monologue

One of the hallmarks of an effective leader is self-awareness. Being self-aware helps us understand others, to be sensitive to blind spots, and gain trust and respect. But it’s one of the hardest qualities to build. I ran across a book that has some helpful suggestions: Leadership Step by Step: Becoming the Person Others Follow, […]
Posted in career, coaching, communication | Also tagged , , | Leave a comment

How Well Do You Know Yourself?

How well do you think you know yourself? Self-awareness is key to success in work, life, and relationships. I would say that it is the foundation of strong character, giving us the ability to lead with a sense of purpose, authenticity, openness, and trust. “Knowing yourself, and knowing the forces that affect the people who […]
Posted in career, coaching, leadership | Also tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Authentic Leaders Need to Be Self Aware

In just about every article and book I read about authentic leaders, we learn how self-awareness is a cornerstone to authenticity. There are good reasons for this. Authentic leaders know themselves well, notes Brenda Ellington Booth, a clinical professor of management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business. When leaders are self-aware, they recognize their […]
Posted in career, coaching, leadership | Also tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

When Teams Lack Accountability

Accountability is a term that gets overused in the workplace and thus loses some of its power. Here’s a good definition from Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Jossey-Bass, 2002). “When it comes to teamwork, I define accountability as the willingness of team members to remind one another when they are not living […]
Posted in career, collaboration, leadership | Also tagged , , | Leave a comment

Dysfunctional Teams Lack Commitment

Dysfunctional teams cannot be blamed for all business failures, but they play a major role in unsuccessful projects and missed goals. In his acclaimed bestseller, organizational consultant Patrick Lencioni identifies The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: Absence of trust Fear of conflict Lack of commitment No accountability Lack of attention to results No team functions […]
Posted in career, coaching, collaboration, leadership | Also tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Make Your Next Business
Presentation Like a TED Talk

I’ve been viewing some fascinating videos on TED.com, scanning them for tips on how to create great presentations. And I’ve been reading How To Deliver a TED Talk, by Jeremy Donovan. At some point in your career, you’ll likely be called upon to make a presentation to potential customers, superiors and/or colleagues. Your ability to […]
Posted in career, communication, leadership | Also tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Craft a Great Presentation:
What We Can Learn from TED

It doesn’t matter what your job is, at some point you’ll be asked to craft a great presentation. Your career, your sales, your leadership success depends on being able to persuade others. How do you learn to craft a speech that persuades? Most people suggest you learn from TED, the online site dedicated to “Ideas […]
Posted in career, communication, leadership | Also tagged , , , | Leave a comment