You Are Your Own Competition

You Are Your Own Competition

It always has been you against yourself in this world. In fact, you hold yourself to such a high standard, that you may become exhausted trying to live up to this ideal. We think we can guess what others are thinking or worse worry about what they are thinking, setting us up with assumptions and…

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4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Leadership Skills

4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Leadership Skills

Whether you are officially a leader in an organization or not, we all use leadership skills in our everyday lives. Here are 4 easy ways to improve your leadership skills no matter your official role. Listen. If you are not asking people questions, you aren’t listening. It is critical as a leader to hear what…

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Helping Others Succeed is Part of Leading

Helping Others Succeed is Part of Leading

Helping others succeed is an integral part of leading. Without it, you ultimately don’t succeed. Supporting individuals comes in many forms. An important one is helping them advance in their careers. Some people are very motivated in their advancement, while others are not. Use these suggestions in helping others succeed as part of leading and…

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How to Be A Mindful Leader

How to Be A Mindful Leader

Let’s start with defining mindful. Merriam-Webster defines mindful as: bearing in mind: aware or inclined to be aware. Another way to think of mindful is showing compassion, being able to see the other’s point of view all while reducing your stress and theirs. When you show up as a stressed leader, that has an effect…

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Top 10 Characteristics of Highly Effective Leaders

Top 10 Characteristics of Highly Effective Leaders

As a leader, you are always on the path of learning and growing, or at least hopefully you are. Adding new skills, fine-tuning ones you know work, and getting rid of those that aren’t working. Leadership characteristics or skills are important parts of your foundation as a leader. Take a look at these top ten…

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Common Leadership Mistakes

Common Leadership Mistakes

Leaders over time, if not careful, can find themselves in a self-made bubble or with blinders on as to what is going on around them. This lack of awareness can lead to mistakes which can erode the trust your team has in you. Opening up your awareness to when you make mistakes will help you…

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What Next?

We Have to Do Better

Last week I came to you from my heart which was/is full of hurt and anger. This week I come to you with how we can all step up as humans and make a difference in changing this systemic and cultural racism. Thank you for all the love and support from my post last week.…

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We Have to Change This Now

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I am not coming to you this week as a Strategic Leadership Advisor, or Executive Coach. I am coming to you as a white gay male and father of the most amazing person on this planet, I think, my 18-year-old African American son. There is not a day that goes by that every time he…

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Leading With Transparency During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Leading With Transparency During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Transparency is defined as: the quality or state of being transparent. Transparent is defined one way as: readily understood, another way as: characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices. I would define it also as: clarity. It depends on where you are and how much you can disclose. Being transparent as…

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Tips to Counter Zoom Fatigue

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Zoom fatigue is real. It seemed novel in the beginning, but now with week after week of 8-10 hours a day 5 days a week it is exhausting. You are not able to have the usual eye to eye contact; the person speaking is looking into the camera while everyone else is looking lower at…

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