10 leadership insights that my masters has revealed

As my children were wrapping up their school year last June, I embraced a new academic journey as I launched into my masters of arts in leadership at Royal Roads University. I don’t know that I would recommend starting school when your household is celebrating the end of homework and early night routines, but I will tell you that you won’t regret the journey and investment in your own growth as a human being. I chose to take the MA …read more »

Are you getting too comfortable?

I am stepping waaayyy outside of my comfort zone this week and put together a new blog format for you today!  I spell it all out in my video blog which I hope you will take 4 minutes to listen and take action on the tip I share about reason #2 that you are interfering with your own success!

What kind of interference is holding you back?

  I had the pleasure of listening to Sport Psychologist Christie Gialloreto talk about what it takes to for high performance athletes to perform at their highest level in competition (aka a high stress environment!). She shared her formula that Performance = Potential – Interference. In the context of the sport arena, interference looks like many things include parents yelling from the sidelines, competitor smack talk, internal self-talk or maybe the weather conditions. All forms of interference can get in …read more »

If you want to thrive, you need to have the courage to listen

We are always so curious to know what the “secret” is when we see people who are thriving in a way that we desire. I admit, I’ve been curious too! And as a leadership coach, I have a unique view of human behaviour through my conversations with clients, and I have noticed a theme that I believe contributes to our ability to truly thrive. Thriving is fueled by our growth and development. We can’t thrive if we stay stuck in …read more »

Don’t wait until you’re ready to take the leap to leadership!

Have you been preparing for a leadership role for several years? Are you waiting to feel comfortable to take the leap? Are you making excuses for staying where you are because you don’t “know enough” yet? I have noticed a theme in my coaching conversations lately. The phrase “I want to feel comfortable with this decision” or “I want to feel ready before I go after that leadership role” has come up often with my clients, and I am genuinely …read more »

Are you asking yourself the right question?

I am deep into content creation for a two-day leadership workshop and I am struck by the volume of leadership literature out there that focuses on the knowing and doing level of leadership development. Of course, we need to acquire knowledge and skills to perform well as leaders, but what I have come to believe is that we need to ask ourselves a completely different question; Who do I need to BE as a leader? The question of who do …read more »

Are you an accidental or intentional fundraising leader?

I have this conversation often. People get promoted into management positions because they are good at meeting their goals, getting their work done and meeting the technical requirements of their position. They are responsible for their portfolio and they rock it. And then they get promoted into a new level – the management or director level. Suddenly, success looks different, but nobody is having this conversation to mentor you about what needs to change or shift in your day to …read more »

Solopreneurship doesn’t have to be lonely!

It was probably the third month into my coaching business when I started to panic and think “what I have I done?”.  I was missing people, my practice wasn’t full yet and I didn’t feel part of a team anymore. It was an isolating feeling, and if the right employment opportunity had crossed my path, I might have jumped at it from a desire to be with people. I am glad I stayed the course and commitment to my business, …read more »

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 »

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