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 »

What kind of leader do you want to be?

I believe we all deserve to work for inspiring leaders. Inspiring leaders lift us up, nurture our strengths, share the vision and are committed to helping us grow into our potential. This is a tall order, and sadly, these kind of leaders are few and far between. Inspiring leaders are individuals who are committed to developing their leadership effectiveness and are incredibly intentional with their efforts to grow as leaders. I believe that one of the key ingredients to inspiring …read more »

What does success really mean to you?

I distinctly remember the moment when my definition of “success” was shattered. To be honest, that was probably the true moment when my path to coaching began. Here is the moment play by play. I am about 38 years old, sitting in the audience at a women’s leadership event listening to a Senior VP from a telecom company talk about her success as a female leader in the telecommunications industry. Now keep in mind, I am a product of the …read more »

What if leadership is about saying NO?

Do you feel compelled to say YES to requests that come your way? Do you hold the belief that good leadership means being able to accomplish everything that comes your way? Is your ability to accommodate everyone else’s demands something you take pride in? I have been thinking a lot about some of the beliefs I hold about leadership and how the leader carries the weight of responsibility. I think I was (note past tense!) guilty of being a leader …read more »

Are you convinced you have the answers?

I was teaching coaching skills to leaders last week and they openly admitted that they have developed some pretty ingrained patterns of being the “fixers”, and providing quick solutions when someone comes to them asking for help. I get it, these are long-held patterns of behaviour for both the person seeking the help, and the person providing the fix. Coaching takes a different stance. In coaching, we hold the belief that the person is capable of coming up with their …read more »

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