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Own the 'new normal'

2020 is a year most of us won't forget. Take ownership of the changes and use the time to grow.

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Tossing the gauntlet - will you pick it up?

A simple way for you to not only help yourself, but help others - will you do it?

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5 ways to bring back balance

Struggling to keep life balanced now that your world is mostly constrained to four walls? Here are 5 tips to help you regain balance.

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5 ways to reset change fatigue

Headlines and ‘news’ are showering change upon us at what seems to be an unprecedented rate. Here are 5 ways to create a means to manage and process the present.

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Life's transitions - manage the 'burn'

Every individual experiences transitions in their lives to some degree. Managing through them is a challenge, coaches can help you through.

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Four questions to be ready to answer when restrictions are lifted

The world has changed over the past several weeks. Have you thought what questions your employees will ask you how their work will be different upon returning to the office? Here are four questions you should have well thought out responses.

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Team Motivation - New Ideas

Creativity flows in some and not so much in others. Let’s help by sharing our ideas for engaging teams over long periods of time.

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Remote Working 101

Life always throws curves, especially when we're not prepared. Help yourself and your team manage remote working with some simple guidelines.

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Experience Growth After the 'Cut'

Changes in life happen. Read how corporate 'cuts' are analogous to making cuttings in the garden.

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Strategic Planning - With a Twist

Strategic planning is done every year with an eye toward making next year better – here’s a unique twist to strengthen your approach.

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Taking Flight: What I've learned Watching My Kids Learn A New Hobby

Effective teams require lots of moving parts to align - without attitudes or egos. Look to the young for examples.

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3 Steps To Recharge - A Lesson From Gardening

Farmers know that for the best soil health to rotate crops and use nitrogen fixers; what do you do to recharge?

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Communication - 5 Reasons We Don't Really Listen

Communication skills are critical to everyday interactions. Underpinning the five reasons I list is respect – does your respect for your colleague come through?

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5 Ways to Bring Your Best

Here are 5 tips that help get your mind focused on the tasks at hand.

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4 Actions That Give You Traction as a Leader

Many times we reflect on something we've said or done and wished we had prepared better. Here's how.

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Thyme Is (of) The Essence

Time, it’s one thing in life we can’t negotiate for more - or get any back. How do we ensure that we use it wisely and model that behavior for our teams?

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Why do we do this to ourselves?

This could never be you, right? I don't have time to train them. This client is too important for me not to do it. Have those words have entered your thoughts? We know delegating and empowering others is the right thing to do, why don't we do it?

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Roadblock Ahead...

We all wrestle with things every day. How long do you let that struggle control your actions and behavior? What tools do you use to get through? Sometimes the petty and simple consume us and we need help to push through.

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Transitions – Part II: Finding Which Direction Is Right For You

Have you ever thought to yourself, in a career sense, why am I doing what I'm doing? Maybe you're at a point in your career to step back and think. In this follow-up to What Do I Want To Be When I grow Up, you'll take your initial thoughts, build your roadmap, and set your direction.

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Transitions – Part I: What do I want to be when I grow up?

Eisenhower had a variation on a Moltke quote that is appropriate to this blog: "In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable." Do you have a plan, a direction that will guide and drive your satisfaction and success? You don’t have to go it alone, a professional coach can help you navigate and reflect.

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Motivation – Getting You and Your Team Moving the Same Direction

Have you ever been part of a team where everyone feels they're communicating, but no one really understands? If an image of Abbott and Costello's 'Who's on First' routine pops into your mind, this post can help motivate and get the team moving the right direction.

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Difficult Conversations – Part II: Have the Conversation

The majority of us avoid difficult conversations - and this is recognized by those around us. Part II of my blog gives you a technique and some tools to have the conversation.

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Difficult Conversations – Part I: Start with you

The majority of us avoid difficult conversations - and this is recognized by those around us. Hopefully, this series will give you the confidence to reflect on the situation and then do something about it.

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Why do I need a professional coach?

Coaches provide an impartial, safe environment that challenges you to expand your thinking and become aware of your 'presence'. If you are going through a transition, or have received feedback that shows a behavior you'd like to change, it may be time to consider an executive or leadership coach.

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