The Leader’s Guide to Fear

The Leader’s Guide to FearWould you admit to having fear as a leader?  Nah, we rise above such unworthy emotions and carry the flag forward!  Right?  Or not so fast.  Here are some ‘fear’ words we hear in the privacy of the coaching relationship:

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The Taboo of Anger

angry and furious announcement - businessman spitting fireAnger is one of the most powerful emotions in the human repertoire.  It drives people to collective action, as in the civil rights movement and the recent election, and also in sports – have you seen the New Zealand rugby team the All Blacks perform their ritual haka before each game?  But anger can be destructive as well.  It can generate hurt feelings, damaged relationships, divisiveness, anxiety, inaction or outsized reactions, and in extreme situations, irreparable ruin of people or property.  That potential for damage and conflict makes it a feared emotion. Continue reading

Fate or Quest – What’s Your Choice?

Busy Person Attaching Many Sticky Notes On Large Window“I’m just not cut out for a senior leader role,” said Jessie. “I keep getting stuck. People won’t collaborate with me.”

“And what do you need to do about that?” asked her coach.

“I don’t know,” she said. “Maybe I’d be better off just going back to managing my own division. Maybe that’s what was meant to be.” Continue reading

Leadership Reflections on the 2016 Election Campaign

Election 2016 USA concept. the elephant and donkey Chess boardWell, thank goodness that’s over!  The U.S. presidential election has been a long and wearying slog. And it’s more than tempting to just put it behind us and move on. No more bombardment with ads and media frenzies.

But instead, we’d like to take a moment to reflect with you on what this election illustrates about leadership. It is better than an MBA course in highlighting things no leader should forget – or at least ignore at his peril. Here goes! Continue reading

Managing the ‘New Leader Expectations’ Trap

Young creative manager feeling the pressure“I’ve only been in my new role two months, and already I’m totally overwhelmed,” gasped Audrey. “Everyone wants a piece of me. And I can’t possibly live up to all their expectations!”

Audrey was a strong player in the organization when she took on her new role. She had done some impressive work in her previous assignments, and when she took on the leadership of a business unit with some problems, expectations of her were outsized. Everyone from her boss to her employees to her business partners was looking for major change in the twinkle of an eye. And Audrey felt an obligation to respond glowingly. After all, this was why she’d been promoted into this role, and it could be her career-breakout position. Continue reading