One of the trainings I have developed and facilitate regularly is on resiliency. What used to be a topic of interest to some organizations now seems to have nearly universal relevancy. Isolation, risk, and uncertainty all contribute to our stress levels and the challenge of staying mentally focused and healthy during the pandemic. Here is…

June was a call for change.  Black Lives Matter demonstrations brought attention to systemic racism.  Pride Month and the U.S. Supreme Court put a spotlight on equal rights for the LGBTQ community.  How can the energy and sentiment of these events translate into tangible action? Among my leadership development colleagues, it means open discussions within…

Earlier in March, I had a different blog post written.  But since then, the world has rapidly shifted due to the coronavirus pandemic.  My clients have been asking me for guidance in adjusting to this new world order, marked by radical change and deep uncertainty.  The framework I have most appreciated is from RHR International and…

Today I had a close-up view of a glacier.  I’m still awestruck and amazed to see something that beautiful and thousands of years old, in the magnificent country of New Zealand.  Accordingly, this seemed like the perfect time to write about living your life with more passion and energy.  I realize that my experience today is not…

In my last blog post, I discussed the under-representation of women in leadership roles and the factors that contribute to this trend.  The following studies demonstrate what organizations lose when they lack gender diversity, in general as well as in leadership positions: A study at the MIT Sloan School of Management showed that teams with…

As an executive coach who is also a woman, I pay attention to the state of women in leadership positions.  As a trained scientist, I focus on what is demonstrated and what is known, not on opinions or supposition.  And it is through this lens that I approach understanding gender diversity. Women are under-represented in…

In my May blog post, I explained what executive coaching is.  But before people choose to participate in executive coaching, they often want to know what they would gain.  It’s a good question.  Coachees must spend additional time and energy on an effort that is not their “day job,” and they often already have jam-packed…

With potential new coaching clients, one of the most important conversations we have is my explaining what coaching is, and distinguishing what it is not.  I have found that there is not one simple, easily-Googled definition of what executive coaching entails.  But after having this discussion numerous times, here’s a summary of what you can…

One of my executive coaching clients represents a minority presence in his organization, and he is passionate about bringing more diversity into his workplace.  He has so much energy around this that in every conversation we have, he mentions how he wants to say more and do more to enable a more heterogeneous workplace culture. And…

It’s another new year which means another season of resolutions.  Many of us will make some promises to ourselves for what we will do differently this year.  Yet many of us will never quite achieve what we intended, despite our good intentions. Here are some ideas for how to improve the likelihood that you reach your…

One of the questions I get often is how to bring a mindfulness initiative to an organization.  This is not uncommon as organizations as diverse as Ford, Target, Apple, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, the U.S. Marines, and the New York Knicks offer mindfulness programs.  So I was pleased when I attended the 5th annual Mindful…

I last wrote about the leadership skill of influence a few years ago.  Since then, the interest in influence among my executive coaching clients is growing.  It makes sense.  No matter your position in an organization, you cannot always depend on your title to give you the authority to make decisions and move a vision forward. …

When we use the term “stance” in the context of leadership or business, we frequently mean “viewpoint” or “opinion.” I’m more interested in the actual posture of a leader.  “Somatic” training and practices (“somatics”) use the body to create new awareness and change.  This is not new in the field of coaching, and somatic practices are moving…

My blog post topics are often inspired by conversations I have with colleagues and topics of interest to my clients. This month, one of my clients, an introvert, asked me how he can improve his ability to network.  As an introvert myself, and as someone for whom networking certainly doesn’t come naturally, this is the…

I recently started working with several clients who have the common leadership challenge of time management. Luckily, the July/August Harvard Business Review contains a perfectly relevant article, How CEOs Manage Time.  While my clients are not all CEOs, the article still has recommendations and takeaways that are applicable to any leader. Set priorities.  The authors…

The topic of mindfulness is frequently approached as a skill to be developed, which in turn supports capabilities such as improved focus and productivity.  But there is another side of mindfulness which is just as important, and I refer to it as “heartfulness.”  When we take the time to be mindful, we also increase our…

Last month I took a coach training class as part of my ongoing professional development. The class was based on concepts from martial arts, brought into a leadership context. In one exercise, we were supposed to push gently on a partner from different standing positions to evaluate our “leadership strength” in each position. At the…

When I first started researching mindfulness in 2011, the common attitude at the time was what I describe as “drive-by mindfulness.”  Meaning, to develop the skill of mindfulness, you don’t have to cultivate a practice or dedicate time to it on your schedule.  Instead, you can simply pause and take a few mindful breaths a…

A popular topic around leadership is employee engagement: how leaders can help create an environment where employees are enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace. I had never made a connection between employee engagement and performance evaluations until I read a recent Gallup study called Re-Engineering Performance Management. The Gallup study is part of a broader trend in re-thinking methods and…

Most people want to know this about mindfulness: For The Sake Of What?  In other words, what do I get from being mindful?  What benefits do I realize?  I have learned that leaders can be more mindful individuals as well as help their organizations be more mindful.  This in turn has a positive impact.  Here’s…

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