Three Barriers to Strategic Communication

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Change, Communication Skills, Enlightened Leader | 0 comments

When we fail to tap into cultural awareness, we risk being misunderstood, and make mistakes that could be avoided if we would have invested the energy to understand the rules of the game, or the expectations and norms of the culture. We can all imagine how difficult it would be to move to another country with different cultures. The same is true in the workplace. When new employees join the company, they are entering a little bit of culture shock until they develop cultural awareness.

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From Drama to Enlightenment

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Enlightened Leader, Managing and Leading, Responsibility | 0 comments

When it comes to drama, I have discovered that there are levels that people go through when they are on the journey to enlightenment. This internal shift is evolutionary. More importantly you have a new found freedom. The beauty of this evolution is how it impacts your personal effectiveness at work, your relationships and your own sense of self-worth.

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Power and Choice

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Change, Enlightened Leader | 0 comments

The act of recognizing a choice comes with a fair amount of discomfort. Why? Once the choice has been recognized, the next evolution is taking ownership (responsibility) for making a decision. To actually recognize that a choice exists, puts you in the driver’s seat. You must be willing to choose: Do I go straight, turn left or turn right? When I hear highly paid professionals claim that they have no choices to develop themselves because their company won’t pay for it, I feel sad for their inability to see choice. There is always a choice—to invest in yourself.

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The Myths and Realities of Being Too Busy

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Change, Leadership Lessons, Training and Development, Workplace Relationships | 2 comments

When you are good at something, or you have done something yourself for years, you become unconsciously competent. In other words, you can do the job without thinking. The drawback is that you do not understand the step by step process needed to break the job down into “modules” so to speak, so that you can effectively train someone else to do it for you. For years I handled all of my own posting on social media, and blogging, booked my own travel, and formatted my own contracts. When I hired an executive assistant to do those things for me, it was difficult to know where to start and difficult to believe someone could do what I’d been doing for years any better than I could. Boy was I wrong. I now realize that a lot of the problem was really about trust.

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14 Freedoms for 2014

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Change, Course Correction, Responsibility | 3 comments

We often take for granted our real freedoms that are available to us every day. I’m not even talking about patriotism, the American way, or work-life balance. I’m talking about the even more subtle freedoms we fail to recognize and enjoy, for example the freedom to make a choice versus being a prisoner to our addictions, old ideas, and patterns that bind us. To celebrate Independence Day here are 14 freedoms to recognize and embrace now.

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How to Lead by Listening

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Communication Skills, Leadership Lessons, Managing and Leading | 1 comment

Listening is the single most important communication skill. When people feel “heard” they also feel understood. In personal relationships listening is an act of love. As a leader, listening is a way to acknowledge or show respect. It takes great listening skills to coach someone to clarity, or to help them redirect their energy from complainer to creator. When someone is on the “Drama Triangle” they have a high need to be right. Although you may not agree with their complaint, your ability to listen helps them to feel acknowledged so they can move through the problem and into an act of personal responsibility.

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Lesson #3 Drama Shows Up As A Person

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Enlightened Leader, Leadership Lessons, Responsibility, Stop Relationship Drama | 4 comments

Drama shows up in three ways: An emotion, a situation and through other people. If you missed the last couple of articles, you can click on the hyperlinks to access them. This lesson is about how drama shows up as other people. From a drama perspective, dysfunctional relationships are all about how the other person behaves. We lose power when we obsess about what they should have done that they didn’t do, what they shouldn’t that they just did. We miss the gift when we fall for the beliefs that our lives would be better, easier and more fulfilled if not for the shark called, my boss, my co-worker, my ex-spouse, my teenager or my trouble-making queen bee that overrides my authority.

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Lesson #2 Drama as the Situation

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Enlightened Leader, Leadership Lessons, Stop Relationship Drama | 3 comments

Drama often shows up as a situation. Situations come in many forms, from a speeding ticket, to an unexpected delay at the airport, to the announcement that your department is downsizing. When a wanted situation changes to an unwanted situation there will be drama. When an unwanted situation stays the same, there will be drama. Last week I talked about how drama manifests as an emotion. The emotion may be resentment, anger, anxiety or sadness. This week’s lesson is about how drama manifests as a situation and how to turn drama situations into gifts of leadership growth.

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Lesson #1 Emotion as Drama

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Enlightened Leader, Leadership Lessons, Managing and Leading, Tell Yourself the Truth | 1 comment

From a lower level of awareness drama looks like a shark floating between your row boat and the island you are heading toward. From a higher level of consciousness, drama looks like a stepping stone to the bridge of enlightenment.

What used to look threatening from the lower levels of awareness, now looks inviting, challenging and like an opportunity for quantum growth. All drama will manifest in one of three ways: An emotion, a situation or another person. Today’s lesson is about how drama manifests as an emotion.

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See Be Do: A New Model for Personal Effectiveness

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Course Correction, Responsibility, Tell Yourself the Truth | 0 comments

There is a new model I’m introducing that I call the “See Be Do” model. The idea is that the way you see something impacts your way of being, and your way of being impacts your doing. The “seeing” is mostly about perception and thinking. The “being” is about your inner experience and the “doing” is about your outer journey, and the actions you take.

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