My Year of Listening Differently

Every year for the past 6 years I have selected a theme word for the year. Usually something that I want more of in my life, or something to keep me grounded. It has proven to be a powerful and often surprising ritual for me. For 2017 I chose the theme of Listening. As a coach, this is a skill that I practice daily and I like to think I am pretty good at it when it comes to listening …read more »

You don’t need to know everything to be an Inspiring Leader!

Do you hold the belief that you need to “know it all” before you are qualified to lead a team? Are you putting your leadership aspirations on hold until you get enough experience and technical knowledge? Are you waiting to feel absolutely ready before you apply for that leadership role? I am curious about this need to be fully equipped with knowledge before stepping into a leadership role. I admit, I probably shared the same beliefs while navigating my career, …read more »

Did anyone have “the talk” with you about Leadership?

When you were promoted into your management role did your new boss sit you down and tell you that “success” looked different now that you are leading a team? Not only do you have to deliver on your own projects, but you now have the needs of others to consider and it is your job to provide the environment for them to thrive as well. Me? I cannot recall a single conversation in my career that supported me with this shift. …read more »

The greatest gift my business has given me……FREEDOM!

I am very clear now that freedom is a core value and something I crave in my life and in my business. I don’t think I could have named it as freedom when I was working away in my fundraising career moving up the ladder. I loved being part of a team, working successfully with my CEO and board, and making things happen together for the organization I was in. I knew something was missing, but I could not have …read more »

My lessons in teamwork started in the pool

I have been spending a lot of time with teams, thinking about teams and craving teams these past few months. One of the only downsides of working for myself is the absence of an obvious “work team”. This is why I look for partners to collaborate with and communities to feel part of. I am hardwired for teamwork and I realize that was informed and embedded in my formative years as a teenager when I was actively involved in synchronized …read more »

There is no growth in the comfort zone!

I realized this week that most of what I have planned for the next 6 weeks is putting me way outside my comfort zone and I have been resisting it all week. I couldn’t figure out why I was so motivated to clean my office and organize files that I have been avoiding for the past 6 months. I have been feeling unproductive and lacking focus. I am looking for anything to do that will help me feel “busy”, but …read more »

Leadership Newsflash – it isn’t all about you!

What kind of leader do you aspire to be? Do you have a leadership philosophy that you work to align your behaviour with? Are you intentional about your leadership each day? Often the leaders I work with want to be the kind of leader that inspires others. From there, they talk about wanting to know how to be that leader; what do they need to do and how do they need to perform to be that inspirational leader. This approach …read more »

Leader as Coach

This blog was inspired by the incredible educational leaders at the Edmonton Public School District! I often find articles and references to the idea of “coaching” being a key competence of leadership, and this heartens me to see coaching embedded in the expectations of our leaders. That said, I also believe that there is confusion out there about what effective coaching looks like in practice. The process of truly powerful coaching requires specific skills and a completely different mindset which …read more »

Game-changing leadership competencies you probably ignore!

I think there are some under-rated competencies for leadership that deserve some air-time and highlighting to bring them to the fore. After completing my certification in Conversational Intelligence® I have become hyper-aware of the lack of these competencies in the dialogue and practice of leadership. They would probably be referred to as “soft skills” which makes me crazy, because I think some of these things are actually HARDER than what you might define as the typical skills of leadership ie. …read more »

What ACTUALLY Happens in Coaching?

Do you feel like there is some mystery around coaching? Are you curious to know what actually happens in coaching? After six years of coaching I am starting to notice a pattern and feel confident enough now to talk about the outcomes I see for people when they engage with a coach. It feels like it is time to talk about that thing people are wondering about: What actually happens in coaching? Working with a coach has many outcomes for …read more »

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