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Ditch the Emerald City: Why True Leaders Step Out From the Curtain

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The Wizard of Oz may have been pulling levers and projecting smoke and mirrors, but that wouldn’t make him a very effective leader. In today’s dynamic world, the “man behind the curtain” approach simply doesn’t work. True leaders understand that inspiration stems from visibility, trust from approachability, and connection from relatability. Just like Dorothy needed […]

The Tyranny of Perfection: Why Striving for 100% Can Cost You More Than It’s Worth

In a world obsessed with hustle culture and #winning, the pressure to achieve perfection is omnipresent. We push ourselves to the limit, fueled by the belief that anything less than perfect is failure. But what if this relentless pursuit of flawlessness is actually holding us back? What if, in our quest for the unattainable 100%, […]

Building Your Dual Identity: Strategies for Blending Personal Brand and Leadership in Business

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In today’s competitive landscape, effective leadership isn’t just about driving results; it’s about building trust, inspiring vision, and establishing yourself as a recognized authority. This is where the concept of personal branding for leaders comes into play. It’s about crafting a unique and authentic image that resonates with your audience, both within and outside your […]

Unmasking the Saboteurs Within: Identifying and Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

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Have you ever dreamt of something big, a goal burning bright, only to have a little voice whisper, “Not for you,” snuffing out that flame before it could flicker? Chances are, you’ve encountered a limiting belief – a sneaky internal thought that acts as a mental roadblock, preventing us from reaching our full potential. What […]

Making Things Bigger Than They Really Are

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Do you sometimes make things bigger than they really are? Managers and leaders need to be on watch for overstating what is going on. More importantly, they need to throttle their internal reaction to the things around them. The great social activist Chicken Little was quoted as saying “The sky is falling” when he had […]

Leadership Playlist Built by Experience

Great Play List

I like a good play list as much as the next guy. Tunes I pay attention to are ones that have grown in my heart and mind over the years. Artists who hit a particular chord with me stay on my list a long time. I don’t shuffle all that often. However, I am open […]

Holistic Coaching: Empowering Individuals to Achieve Wholeness

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In today’s fast-paced and demanding world, individuals often find themselves seeking a sense of balance and fulfillment in their lives. Holistic coaching emerges as a transformative approach that guides individuals towards achieving overall well-being by addressing various aspects of their lives, including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions. Unlike traditional coaching that focuses on specific […]

5 Mistakes Most New Managers Make – And How to Avoid Them

For anyone who is now working in their first-ever management role, you know things can be tough. No doubt you have already made a few mistakes (at least YOU think they are). Well if you haven’t done these 5 things, your management career is well on its way to a successful run. 1. Dropping the […]

5 Strategies to Make Employees More Productive and Engaged

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This is a recent post by a good friend and fellow coach, Mike Lejeune. Mike is a senior HR professional who has coached and mentored hundreds of key officers across a wide variety of industries. He hosts his own blog called “Simple Leadership“. Here is his post.

The Paradox of Success: When Too Much Achievement Becomes a Burden

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your own success? Surprisingly, achieving too much can actually become a burden rather than a blessing. In the pursuit of success, we often set high goals for ourselves and work tirelessly to achieve them. However, once we accomplish these goals, we may find ourselves feeling unsatisfied or constantly chasing […]