Improve Your Relationship with Your Boss

The relationship we have with our boss is one of the most important aspects of our career. Get this wrong and we will have frustration and possibly a short stay on the job. I will show you a six step process to help.

Understand your boss’s profile and goals

My son, who started working for IBM, asked me, “Dad, what is the one lesson you have learned about working with … read on

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7 Steps to Influence Others in One-on-One Conversations

Leaders know that decisions made in the meeting are actually made before the meeting. Being able to influence others before the meeting will make the meeting go much more effectively.

Here are 7 steps you can use to influence others in one-on-one conversations.

The importance of influential conversations

When I functioned on the executive team of a large organization, I saw how important influential conversations were to the success of … read on

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360 Verbal Assessment

Would you benefit from a 360 Verbal Assessment?

All leaders have blind spots. A coworker of mine helped me discover a new blind spot in my INTJ leadership recently. Now I am getting feedback to correct this character flaw and personality quirk.

A 360 Verbal Assessment can open our eyes to really see clearly.

How do you come across to others?

A leader I coached told me, “Other people I work with see how I act and they … read on

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Inside-Out Leadership Behavior Change

All leaders have behavioral blind spots which can derail or hold us back in our career. With an inside-out approach, these behaviors can be curtailed into positive leadership behaviors.

Stop sending “scorch the earth” emails! During a performance review, my boss told me that in person I am a good communicator. On the other hand, when I communicate by email, they sometimes feel like “scorch the earth” messages – harsh,… read on

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There are at least 3 sources of mental noise which we as leaders must deal with: False Assumptions, False Priorities, and Limiting Perceptions.

3 Sources of Mental Noise

Leaders process a lot of mental noise while carrying out our mission. The noise reverberates in our minds and causes constant stress, worry and anxiety.

There are at least 3 sources of mental noise which we must deal with: False Assumptions, False Priorities, and Limiting Perceptions.

Inner Voices

When I worked at Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Customer Service, I learned the art of mental focus. … read on

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What does your mindset say about your leadership confidence?

As leaders, we can have mindsets which hold us back. We may have a persistent way of speaking or behaving that indicates we are being slowed down by a limiting belief. What could happen in your leadership if these were changed?

The Benefits of changing our mindset include: Feeling more confident Opening up new possibilities Moving forward towards the vision Eliminating the limited perception with a new perspective

I am … read on

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One-Page Career Plan

Regardless of where you are in your career, you would greatly benefit from having a one-page career plan.

Where are you now in your career?

[ ]  A sitting duck who is bored in my career now [ ]  I want to advance in my career but don’t exactly know how [ ]  I’m considering making a role / job / career change [ ]  I’ve started in a new … read on

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Resolving Conflict Without Going Crazy

Going through an organizational or team conflict is not something most people want to experience. Conflict happens when you have strong leaders aggressively working towards a strong mission.

Having a good framework can help you walk through the challenge of resolving conflict in an objective way.

Resolving conflict without going crazy involves:

Understanding the conflict from an objective standpoint. Setting a strategy for resolution with humility and honesty. Taking wise… read on

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What does your Leadership Dashboard show?

Are you overwhelmed? Are you having difficulty focusing on what matters most? Is your organization or team not aligned? Do you desire to be more grounded? Is there a conflict with your own values, vision, career and your organization’s needs?

This might be a good time to look at your Leadership Dashboard!

As I think about these questions, there have been specific seasons in my career when I was confused, … read on

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