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Want to Learn Some Career Limiting Moves? Do the McChrystal

In leadership coaching and consulting, I work with the best and the brightest, successful people.  In the process, I hear many protestations about  ”not wanting to play politics.”  I get it.  I didn’t want to participate in that, either.  (In fact, most women don’t.)  Truth be told, most people avoid politics because they don’t understand the rules.  There is a distinction between making the choice to be ignorant and all of the choice points that come with knowing the rules of the game and making decisions accordingly.  Yes?

I’m not a Mule, and Get that Carrot Out of my Face!

I love this short video by Dan Pink about what motivates us.  As someone who’s mission is to create inspired workplaces, I think this says a lot about why traditional forms of performance management don’t work.

I attended that Dallas Drucker Society meeting last night, and one of the participants was talking about hiring a CFO.  She mentioned that she wouldn’t even consider a candidate if money were an issue.  She wants people who believe that if they do a good job the money will follow.  In uninspired workplaces, that’s simply not true.  They think they got a bargain.

How to Shut Screaming Mimi Up

Article #2 in the series “The Dirty Dozen of Bad Bosses”

Screaming Mimi costs the company more than she’s worth.   She’s needy, fickle, and stubborn, and her peers and subordinates never know when she’s going to throw a tantrum… and she’s still your boss.

As tempting and as justified as you may feel to assume the victim role in this story, it puts you in a position of powerlessness, and you lose the opportunity to grow.  Today, we’re going to take a more active and empowering approach.

Dear Beyonce…Just Turn The Phone Off!

One of the side effects of incorporating Principle #1 of Jack Canfield’s Success Principles is that I have become acutely aware of how our culture influences us to abdicate our accountability and responsibility, most especially what’s being played on the radio.

Man (or Woman) Up! Curing the Epidemic of Weak Leadership

This morning I was attending the Young Women Executives Forum at the Tower Club, and today’s topic was Conflict Management. This is a topic that I hit with my coaching clients 100% of the time.

We all have a default mode for dealing with conflict. Some people use the “my way or the highway” approach. Others are passive-aggressive. Others stuff their point of view down like a philly cheesesteak, and what comes back up when they get a overstuffed ain’t pretty.

Giving up “Because”, Keeping the F-Bomb

Many of you may know that I am on the path to earn my Master Trainer’s Certification in Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP).  For those of you who are unfamiliar with NLP, it is model which explains how we process information that comes to us from the outside (and our internal Negative Nelly).  As both an ever evolving person and as a practitioner, I am working on being more deliberate with my use of language.

100% Accountability, Take Two

Living the Success Principles #2

I’m in the second or perhaps third week of working Principle 1 – Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life, and I admit, I am still stuck on the No Complaints rule.  This is somewhat embarrassing since I harp on this one with my clients.

What I’ve noticed is that I’ve stopped complaining out loud, for the most part.  I’ve replaced it with a form of blaming in my head and attached myself to inaction and unwillingness to provide negative feedback.  My payoff is martyrdom.  This is not a positive development.

How Inimitable Leadership Can Save the Day

Last week, I was reading an article on Gallup about how President and CEO Douglas R. Conant’s plan to revitalize Campbell’s Soup included a decade-long effort to improve employee engagement.   To give you some background, Conent took over at Cambell’s about 9 years ago.  Things weren’t going well.  Campbell’s had one of the lowest engagement scores of any Fortune 500 ever.

Take 100% Responsibility for Your Life (Part 1)

This is the first installment of my effort to integrate the 64 Success Principles from Jack Canfield’s book of the same name.

Last week, I went to a one day live workshop with Jack Canfield, and was considering, along with the accountability partner he recommended and the mastermind group that frankly I’m not in the mood to participate in, how I could execute on the principles better.  I very much like the content, and the success is in the action, not in the knowledge.

Not Buying the Solution, Not Participating in the Game

We’ve become a society of consumers, people who participate little, if at all, in the creation of what we use.  There is a someone else who does almost everything for us, and that’s become a habit for us.  Think that impacts engagement at work?  I do.

Think about it.  Who changes their oil anymore?  If I could even locate the oil pan at this point, I don’t have the wrench that would get the oil filter off the car.  And, it would get my nails all funky, and who wants a coach with funky nails?  (I know, an excuse for everything.)

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