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We Are All Adults: The Ultimate Red Flag

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Change, Course Correction | 0 comments

“We’re all adults here!” That statement is always a big red flag that drama is right around the corner. You can’t rely on good behavior, good decision-making, or good ideas just because people are a certain age and are considered to be “adults.”

Adults hold grudges, make promises they don’t keep, manipulate, pout, and play games. Here are three skills you can model and teach to those of a certain age to make sure they do indeed act like adults

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Drowning in a Sea of Choice

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Enlightened Leader, Leadership Lessons, Managing and Leading, Responsibility | 0 comments

It’s almost eerie to read what management consultant Peter Drucker predicted many years ago:

“In a few hundred years, when the history of our time is written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event those historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time—literally substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is unprepared for it.”

In my upcoming book, No-Drama Leadership, there are many ideas about dialing up or dialing down choice to increase focus or increase freedom.

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Transparency is Not a Choice

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Change, Disruptive behavior, Leadership Lessons, Managing and Leading | 0 comments

Companies are realizing they must develop more enlightened leaders because of the fact that nothing is hidden anymore. As much as we talk about “choosing to be more transparent,” we need to understand that transparency is no longer a choice. Transparency is a given.

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Speeding Out of Control

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Leadership Lessons, Managing and Leading, Responsibility | 0 comments

It only takes a little observation to see things spiraling out of control. Kids are being bullied on cyberspace. Shootings and violence occur over minor incidents. There is virtually no space between stimulus and response. People’s fuses are getting shorter and reactions are happening faster. This is why we need enlightened leaders. We need someone to show us how to take responsibility to gain the necessary skills so that we don’t spin out of control by driving beyond our level of experience.

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Lessons from Market Basket: Power is Shifting

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Leadership Lessons, Managing and Leading, Workplace Relationships | 1 comment

Power is shifting. The speed at which change can happen is astounding. People have power through social media, and as a result transparency is no longer an option—it is a given. People at the bottom have more choices, and they are waking up to the power their choices provide. When people believe in a purpose, they will sacrifice everything to stand up for what they believe in.

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Seeing Self and Others

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Communication Skills, Enlightened Leader, Managing and Leading | 0 comments

There is scientific evidence to support that the way we see ourselves and the way we see others influences our communication with them. When you see an employee as less than you, you build a barrier. When you see someone on a committee or board as an adversary you create a barrier. Ready to build a bridge instead of a barrier?

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Lack of Clarity as a Barrier

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Enlightened Leader, Leadership Lessons, Managing and Leading | 4 comments

We tend to focus on and thus communicate about what we do not want but rarely communicate about what we do want. It is rare to hear anyone answer the question “what do you want?” with a clear positive statement. Until you are clear about what you want, you can’t get it. Until you are clear about what you want from your employees, associates, or colleagues, they can’t measure up. Clarity is king when it comes to communication.

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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 | 2 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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