Have monitor, will travel

It all started with my 21 year-old daughter saying, “Mom, you can live anywhere in the world right now”. Sure… for a minute I heard the story in my head of being a Mom who is no longer needed…“I’m back at University now. I’ve got this. I’ll check back in when I’m announcing grandchildren for…

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Stop Telling; Start Asking

Getting the best out of your employees today requires a new set of skills. You need to help your employees achieve their goals, but too much “telling and pointing” will backfire. More than answers, today’s leaders must offer questions. This is the essence of coaching and a skill-set imperative for leading. At the risk of…

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Millennials and Gen Z: Gaining Leverage In Your New Job During a Pandemic

Those of you who know me already, are aware that for many years I have coached people to ramp up successfully in their new positions.  Over the past 7 months during the pandemic, it’s been fascinating for me to research what basic truths about onboarding success have held fast, and what is wildly different about…

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CEO Sounding Board: Accessing Your Moral Compass

What a bizarre time for new business development in SO many industries.  Is it appropriate to share opportunities to do business with your organization at a time when you know so many of your potential customers are struggling? This question has plagued me since March 13th.  My empathy score on Emotional Intelligence assessments is frankly…

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Changing Jobs During a Pandemic: Listen, Observe & Ask Questions

Overwhelmingly, senior executives, human resources professionals and recruiters alike point to “listening, observing & asking questions” as the number one skill to focus on in the first 90-days in a new job, in any environment. How does this emphasis shift when trying to successfully navigate into a new leadership role during the current pandemic? I…

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Changing Jobs During a Pandemic

As if life wasn’t stressful enough these days.  Leading up to March, 2020, you were anxious about your job not being an ideal long-term fit.  Then the pandemic hit and you’ve been worried about how to keep your kids learning and actively engaged while schools have been closed.  There are concerns for you and your…

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How Might You do LESS and Have MORE Impact?

How often have you heard yourself say, “I’ve got so many balls in the air I don’t know how I can possibly keep track of them all?!” We may be managing to keep the balls in motion, but how good is our juggling performance really? Are our movements controlled and rhythmic? Or are we merely…

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Listening to be Heard

I am fascinated by ironies. In my work with executive coaching clients, I find that they frequently discover that their long-held beliefs about leadership directly contradict their actual experiences. Frankly, they would do better to flip many of these beliefs on their heads. And so it is with being heard. It seems that it’s not…

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‘Tis the Season for Connecting

In Canada, it seems, this is the time of the year when colleagues, clients and suppliers can count on being able to actually connect. I don’t mean times when they can squeeze in a meeting to accomplish a specific business transaction. I’m talking about actually getting together in a relaxed atmosphere where the focus is…

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Could the Greener Grass You Are Seeking be in Your Own Backyard?

We’ve all heard the saying “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”. In a work context, this may mean having wistful thoughts about what it might be like to work for the company across the street.” These thoughts often form when something is not sparking us in our current jobs….

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