Tag Archives | self awareness

Eccentrics color outside the lines and use all the colors!

Visionary entrepreneurs and innovators [eccentrics] see possibilities and patterns that few others do. Highly intelligent, intuitive and sensitive to sensory input, they collect data and store it without always being conscious of it. New information is then connected to the stored data to form a picture that develops over time. The tendency to ‘think out […]

Do not fear to be eccentric

“Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” – Bertrand Russell While blind faith in our intuition is risky, it’s a far greater risk to listen to the opinions of the great majority of advisers, who have been trained to look for the downside. They collect stories […]

12 Simple Steps to Kill Innovation

    1. Hire innovative talent 2. Expect innovators to fit into rigid rules about cultural norms 3.  Allow gossip about small perceived differences to run rampant 4. Listen to people who demonize the innovator for not fitting into the mold 5. Become annoyed that the innovator can’t seem to confirm 6. Place more emphasis […]

2014 – the year of Hope!

We declare 2014 the year of Hope! No one can deny that there is much to worry about in the world and in our own microcosms – family, work, community. When we read or watch most news accounts, we surround ourselves with a toxic cloud of negative emotions – worries, fears and anxieties. Is it […]

Blind Spot: the wall between you and the authentic leader you aspire to be

  The blind spot wall – you can’t see through it or around it until something- too often a failure or career ‘train wreck’- punches a hole in it. That something is likely to cause pain, confusion, and often anger. Many leaders with blind spots avoid this at great cost, and deny or shift the […]

Judging behavior… or judging motives?

The word ‘judge’ carries much unfair baggage. We revere good ‘judgment’ which is an essential leadership quality – while we recoil at the word judge. Those who are deficient in the ability to judge are likely to make decisions based on emotions and assumptions, ignore facts and do inadequate due diligence. They may believe their […]

Introducing: Executive Coaching Readiness Assessment

  You’re invited to be one of the first to try our new Executive Coaching Readiness Assessment – developed in response to questions about how to objectively evaluate the probability of a positive result and return-on-investment in individual coaching and development. It’s succinct – just 11 multiple choice questions, so you can complete it in minutes. […]

Leadership Skill Shortage: Straight-Talk

There’s a definite shortage of the kind of leadership straight-talk that builds trust, engagement and confidence – all essential to high-performing organizations. The best leaders know how to engage in meaningful and actionable dialogue about both successes and improvement opportunities – while preserving and enhancing relationships. Despite the common belief that people are either ‘natural’ […]

What if Your Arrogant, Angry Boss or Colleague Really Isn’t? . . . and Why Should You Care?

Stories about executives whose rage routinely ‘sets people’s hair on fire’ are common in most organizations. Based on years of leadership coaching, most executives who were referred because of disruptive behaviors had in common a combination of personality traits and ‘hot buttons’ that result in behaviors that range from aggressive fury to dismissive disinterest. The […]

The Innovator – Implementer Communication Gap

Engaging entrepreneurial[i] innovators in a discussion about creative personality characteristics is fascinating and high-energy.  This is in part because at their extreme, those characteristics can be confounding to the people in their lives who are not similarly ‘wired’…frequently leading to mystified colleagues and implementation failures. Colleagues often don’t ‘get’ the innovator, and in extreme cases, […]

Abundance or Scarcity – Enough for All or Not Enough for Me?

How fulfilled you are in all aspects of your work and life may depend on which ‘camp’ you live in: Abundance or Scarcity. When you cut through the political labels, stereotypes and assumptions, most people are divided into two distinct camps: those who subscribe to the abundance theory, and those who subscribe to the scarcity […]