Leaders learning coaching skills are often uncomfortable with conversations that involve emotions. It’s easy for results-oriented leaders to dismiss these conversations as a distraction from the real work of achieving results. They couldn’t be more wrong. Discussing emotions is essential for bottomline results.
Lack of emotional self-awareness can be a fatal flaw in leaders. Emotions such as anger and
If you feel overwhelmed at work, you’re not alone. A recent ABCNEWS.com survey revealed that 50% of worker feel overworked or overwhelmed. Surprisingly, those of us who manage our own time and tasks, far from living the centered, focused lives we dream of, experience overwhelm of our own making. Here’s how to be free of overwhelm.
We try to work harder to gain some measure of control. We try working longer, putting in more hours to get it all done. We try working smarter by delegating tasks,
Priority means “most important.” Since we can’t be limited to only one thing, the most important thing, we’ve created the plural form, “priorities,” which is a contradiction in itself. Not understanding your priority will keep you from accomplishing, or becoming, all you aspire to.
The world we live in doesn’t understand the concept of priority.
Take airlines for example. They have Priority Zone 1 boarding. But they give it to all their frequent flier program participants, anyone with their airline credit card, and those who purchased upgraded boarding pass. When boarding for Priority Zone 1 is called,
I’m a fixer. Bring me a problem and I’ll give you a solution. The trouble is, people don’t always want my solutions. Even when they think I’m probably correct, they will go ask someone else. The reason is, they are looking for another kind of help.
The Help People Want With Problems
When people ask for help, it can be interpreted as a request for
A lot of things we do make sense, until we think about them. It turns out what appears to feel quite logical doesn’t always hold up under closer scrutiny. Here’s how to spot your faulty thinking, and fix it.
A friend of mine mentioned he was limiting his income for the next couple of years so he could receive financial aid for his children’s university fees. My plan was to
Peter Drucker is known as the Father of Management, influencing modern management practices more than anyone else through his extensive writing and teaching. I’m intrigued by what he said about communication: “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” Here are two ways to practice hearing what isn’t said.
In Managing the Non-Profit Organization, Drucker outlined basic leadership competencies: “As the first such basic competence, I would put
Many coaches, as well as consultants, small nonprofits, and solo-penuers try to project a larger image to potential clients by writing in the 3rd person voice of their company. They try to hide that it’s just them. This is a mistake. Potential clients want a relationship with a person, not a company, so get personal to win more clients.
When I began coaching I came up with a name that sounded big and authoritative, Creative Results Management. I then set to work creating a website written in the 3rd person voice of the company, “we” this and “we” that.
The problem was
Answers are very much based on the question asked. Some questions will produce shallow – not insightful – answers, while other questions will open up new possibilities and paradigm shifts. If you want a better answer, you have to ask better questions. Here’s how.
Much of the work I do with leaders is helping them to listen and ask good questions. Why? Because good questions are a best way to initiate innovative change – in people, processes, and products.
Once leaders begin to get curious and ask more questions, they often don’t