I’m excited to announce that, through the Association for Talent Development, I’m launching an online class to explain why and how to develop a more mindful workforce.  The first offering is at the end of March 2017 and again in August 2017. You can find details at the ATD website here. To give you an idea of some…

The New Year is all about resolutions: changes we will bring about, habits we will implement, and promises we will make, to ourselves and others, about how things will be different. But good intentions are not enough. An estimated two-thirds of dieters gain back the weight they lost, new gym memberships are gathering dust by…

I had dinner with a good friend who recently received a life-changing medical diagnosis. Thankfully, it is does not threaten or shorten his life, although 20 years ago it may have. So it is serious enough that he does require ongoing medical care, and he must be diligent about self-care to keep his condition stable….

One of the most important functions of a leader is to make good decisions. But for a lot of us, making good decisions seems harder than ever. The availability of information has exploded through access to the internet at our fingertips. The growing field of Big Data means nearly anything can be analyzed for insights….

I’m working with two clients who have the same goal – to refocus their time and energy into different areas. One of them is a leader who is trying to spend less time in the everyday operations so he can devote more time to vision and strategy. The other wants to carve out time for…

I returned about a month ago from a trip to Iceland, a week-long motorcycle tour with my spouse and two good friends. The motorcycle trip is an annual event, with a new route and different destinations each time, and we have been all over the United States and abroad. When I reflect on our adventures over…

Much of the discussion around leadership emphasizes the relationship between leader and employee. And yes, this is central to motivating and energizing others to follow you in support of common goals. However, it can be easy to overlook the fact that to achieve common goals, leaders also need to get their employees to work together…

One of my coaching clients was promoted earlier this year. In her new position, one of her priorities has been developing her ability to influence. A recent blog post from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) concurs that influence is a leadership capability that individuals often need help developing. So what exactly is influence, and why…

As an executive coach, one of my passions is helping leaders understand the benefits of practicing mindfulness. It’s easy to convince people that mindfulness is worth embracing – the biggest question I get is about how to develop the ability to be more mindful. The short answer is that if you want to be more…

I am working with a client who wants to develop his emotional intelligence (EI). Since EI entails a broad range of attributes, I encouraged him to focus on specific areas. We started with the Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i 2.0) framework, one of the models of emotional intelligence. From the framework, he decided he wanted to work…

There is a lot of literature out there on the qualities of good leaders and managers. It can be difficult to take these disparate ideas and boil them down to a concise set of capabilities to develop in order to be effective in the workplace. When I am asked to provide such references, my criteria…

Last month I offered suggestions on how to bring mindfulness to your organization. In this post, I focus on the “why” – what do we gain from practicing mindfulness? From my scientist background, I want to see the evidence and data that supports claims. So this post includes a summary of research that supports concrete,…

Mindfulness in the workplace is gaining staying power and credence, backed by a growing body of research and data demonstrating the positive results of practicing mindfulness. Companies such as Intel, PWC, McKinsey, and AstraZeneca, and other organizations like the U.S. Marines, Harvard Business School, New York Knicks, and Seattle Seahawks offer mindfulness programs. Given how…

It’s the time of year when people make commitments to good habits. While many of us are probably thinking about exercising more or eating less, I’d like to see promises to practice good communication in the workplace. No matter your job function, your skill set, or your level in your organization, you must be able…

Last month, I attended the Mindful Leadership Summit outside of Washington, DC. I saw many ideas presented on the concept of the mindful leader, how to be a mindful leader, and what is gained from being a mindful leader. If mindful leadership is getting more attention, we need to settle on common definitions or we…

A few weeks ago, the sisters of the Alpha Omega Epsilon engineering sorority at the University of Virginia invited me to speak after reading a previous blog post I had written, Advice For The Next Generation Of Tech Women. I shared with them a combination of both anecdotal and evidence-based considerations as they looked forward to beginning their professional…

In my last blog post, I wrote about how to improve your strategic thinking skills. While this is a necessary leadership capability, as a leader you are also likely going to engage others to determine the future direction of your department or organization, because: Giving others a voice in the process helps get buy-in and…

I’m working with a client who wants to increase his capacity for strategic thinking. As a first step, I provided some clarity around the term so that he could understand how and what he needed to develop in order to improve his strategic thinking abilities. “Strategic thinking” cannot be neatly summed up in one or…

Many people tend to use the terms “leader” and “manager” interchangeably. However, the two have very different functions although both are needed workplace roles. In his seminal Harvard Business Review article, What Leaders Really Do, Dr. John Kotter, Professor Emeritus of Leadership at the Harvard Business School, makes a distinction between leadership and management in…

One of the biggest questions that leaders face is how to get their employees to come to work each day motivated. This might sounds like an unrealistic ideal, and even the best leader can’t increase our enthusiasm if a job simply isn’t a good fit with our inherent strengths and values. But many leaders tend…

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