Portrait: US Army (USA) Brigadier General (BGEN) John H. StanfordWhat happens when we decide to be "all in"? Why does it feel good and why is it good for us? Recently, I had the good fortune to facilitate a board of directors retreat for a local chapter of a national charity. I was once again … Continue reading A Mindset of Commitment and Passion
Can awe make you happier, smarter and less time-crunched? We often don’t think about awe until we experience it. If you have ever witnessed the vastness of the Grand Canyon, watched an inspiring performance or listened to an astronaut speak of the Earth from the vantage point of hundreds of thousands miles away in space, … Continue reading The Power of Awe
Decision making got you down? Here are my top 10 strategies for making smarter decisions. 1. Be guided by a mission, vision or purpose. 2. Set a time limit. 3. Systematize smaller decisions to free up brainpower for bigger decisions. 4. Focus on what you can control. 5. Balance previous experience with seeking out new … Continue reading 10 Tips for Better Decisions
With summer behind us, fall is a good time to renew our commitment to our best selves at work and at home. Because most of our childhoods were conditioned around the school year, this last quarter can feel like a time for getting serious again. If summer is for fun and daydreaming, then fall is … Continue reading Fall is the Time to Take Charge
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you shared your perspective but it wasn’t received well? Or maybe you wanted to voice your ideas but were hesitant about the possible repercussions? Or maybe you just couldn’t find the right words to express the solution you could “see” inside your head? If any of … Continue reading How to Influence Like a Leader
Yes, I know that sounds counterintuitive. As an executive coach who helps people hone their public speaking and presence skills, public speaking should be about speaking not listening, right? Wrong. Here’s why. The audience wants to be part of your presentation. They want this experience to be a conversation between you and them (even if … Continue reading Listening: The Secret to Great Public Speaking
Leadership is not only the ability to move others towards a vision. It's also the ability to move yourself towards a vision as well. Leadership is not a quality you are born with, although it may seem that way. Leadership is a skill that everyone can embrace. It includes a set of learned behaviors that … Continue reading Leadership is for Everyone!
If you work in an organization, it’s highly likely that you have been asked to collaborate with others on a project. If you are in a leadership position, it seems that collaboration is the new competence and is key to the efficient use of the organization’s resources. There’s an old saying that there are two … Continue reading How to Collaborate without Burnout.
Many people are trying to be better leaders. What’s the secret? Are better leaders created or are they just natural? Much leadership development focuses on how to lead change, foster collaboration and develop an effective leadership style, all crucial to leading a large organization, a business unit or a small entrepreneurial team. However, before jumping … Continue reading Leadership Begins From Within
When you ask someone, “How’s it going?” Most people say “okay, getting by, managing alright.” It seems as though for most of us, there is so much to juggle that we hardly have time to think about developing a career and life experience that would have us shouting out an answer such as, “spectacular, outstanding, … Continue reading How to Jumpstart Change