Posts Tagged ‘authenticity’

Get Better Results by Adapting Your Style

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Leaders have an arsenal of useful tools to help them better understand themselves, ranging from Meyers-Briggs (which suggests our personalities are pretty much hardwired through life) to DiSC (which suggests who we are at any given moment depends on the situation). In between there are models such as Big 5, Birkman, CRG, and many others. Each one lets you look at yourself from a different perspective.

What they all have in common, however, is the assertion that when we are aware of our dominant behavioral style, we can choose to adapt to the situation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leadership, Learning, and Maturity

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Regular readers of this blog will know that I am an advocate of other-orientation, or service, as the foundation of effective leadership, also known as the Servant Leadership school of thought (expounded by Greenleaf, Covey, Senge, Blanchard, et al.). This week I’ve been listening to an audiobook by James Hunter called The Servant Leadership Training Course, and have learned a number of powerful concepts.

Hunter examines the implications of the following facts: Read the rest of this entry »

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A Twitter Manifesto

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

I love Twitter. It has helped me meet several remarkable thought leaders and given me a new venue for sharing my own ideas. So it distresses me to see how rapidly Twitter is getting devalued by junk. You know, the programs that troll for followers, push the same generic automated tweets through subscribers’ feeds, and litter the twitosphere with garbage.

This is my reply to Twitter Trolls and those folks who promise to make you rich and famous if you buy their software, program, or advice. It’s a personal manifesto. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why You DON’T Need a Business Coach

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Coaching was only recognized as a helping discipline in the ‘80s, but has already become a global phenomenon. Where once the noun coach had little relevance outside of sports, there are now life coaches, business coaches, executive coaches, career coaches, spirituality coaches, study coaches…professionals whose profession is helping others to excel.

I pursued training as a coach for entrepreneurs and executives primarily from a desire to become better at one of the core competencies of business leadership – nurturing subordinates’ potential. I had benefitted from some outstanding coaching during my career, but also encountered some awesomely incompetent coaches; I was determined to give better and more consistently than I had received.

To my surprise, my journey through the world of coaching has led me to conclude that coaching as taught by major schools such as CTI, Newfield, College for Executive Coaching, and others, is a flawed model. Read the rest of this entry »

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Embracing Resistance

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

When I look back on mistakes I’ve made over my career, I find the same scenario repeated with embarrassing frequency: another manager opposed change that I was trying to implement, and I saw him or her as my enemy. This is top of mind this week after rereading a lecture by Susan Skjei of Naropa University, where I recently completed a course called “Authentic Leadership.”

One of Susan’s points is that all change provokes resistance. If there is no resistance, chances are the change is either illusory (a repackaging of the status quo) or bound for failure.

In other words, resistance is not only natural, it’s a signal that we’re on the right path. Read the rest of this entry »

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