Learning

Why You’re Not Getting the Truth

“They shoot the messenger.” The phrase has its origin from antiquity, but has just as much meaning today. If you’re the leader, you may be the shooter. When you’re the boss, people want to please you. Whether you’re the CEO or a front-line supervisor, your team wants to keep you happy. Nobody wants a frown…

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3 Ways to Find the Truth about Your Leadership

“Am I a good leader?”  “How can I be a better leader?” If you’re asking those questions, that’s good, but I suggest that you go to the source. The question is yours to answer. Here’s why: A guiding principle of leadership is self-awareness.   Ask yourself how you can be a better leader. Self-awareness is critical to…

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Take Note – Improve Performance through Reflection

I think you’re missing opportunities. Yep, I do. Here’s why: You have an opportunity to learn from every experience you have. By considering what happened, both good and not good, you can determine what to change and what to keep. When you learn, you can become more productive.  I suspect you might be letting a…

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Coaching in a Group = More Insights

A research study determined that 92% of executives who had worked with a coach would do so again.   Coaching is highly-regarded as a successful way to learn although one-on-one coaching is costly.  Not only costly, but perhaps even not as rich an experience as in a group. Learning is a social activity.  When we are…

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Discounted Summer Coaching

Days are longer, weather is warmer and coaching is discounted!  For the next 3 months — May, June, July — let’s turn up the heat on your leadership development.   We’ll target one area and work together for just 3 months to make observable progress.  As always, my coaching work is on a flat fee…

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Do-It-Yourself Learning

Quantifiedself.com is an excellent resource to learn more about what’s available and to join with others in meet-ups for QS.  You can even attend the 4th annual QS conference in 2013 — with sponsors such as Intel and Philips. The enormous number of options and growing popularity of “auto-analytics” is pretty cool stuff because it confirms…

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5 Tips for Collaboration — Give,Take and Learn

Co-labor is the root of the word collaboration but Dang! — It is not so easy to truly collaborate with others.  Years ago I worked with a fellow who divided up responsibilities on a project — had us all go away then reconvene wherein he would criticize our work.  His comment to me was “If that’s not…

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A Vision for Learning: Four Tips to Create It

We often ask children “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  We presume that children have a vision for their future.  In fact, we expect them to!  As children know, to attain your vision — you’ll need to learn.  Aspiring to a hoped-for future state, means learning, stretching and reaching for it. We…

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Learning for Leaders: Guide don’t Train

The term “training” always gets my back to stiffen up.  Here’s why:  “training” is what the instructor does.  Learning is what the learner does.  The definition of successful workplace  learning starts with learners actually learning — not  just an instructor in front of the room talking. That means that leaders must demonstrate initiative for their…

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