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LEAD Conflict Toward Resolution

When someone is confronting you about something (in work or your personal life), it is very difficult to not get defensive, which simply escalates the conflict instead of heading it toward peaceful resolution. Try the LEAD formula for cooling down your confronter,...

Tired of Wasting Time?

In the Finger Eleven song "One Thing," the lyric "I'm restless tonight because I wasted the light" can be a mantra repeated by most of us on occasion, when we realize "Where did the day go?"  The hours ticked by, we did "stuff", but go to bed feeling like no...

How to Keep Vision/Values Alive

While it's fun to go on a retreat with your leadership team and nail down or re-up a vision for your organization, and it's critical to determine what the organization or team's core values are and must continue to be, it is more difficult to keep them in the...

4 Ways Hiking Links to Self-Leadership

Maybe it's because I'm in nature, maybe it's having the mental space to think--but it seems I receive insights on life whenever I go hiking. Here are 4 questions to ask yourself that spring from an experience on the trails: Fork in the road. How do I make decisions?...

An Effective Way to Hold Yourself Accountable

Another way to better stay accountable to yourself for getting your priorities done daily/weekly is to write 7-10 questions to ask yourself daily--and then post it in a place that forces you to look at it, with a time designated to ask the questions. Questions should...

Are You a Great Listener?

Michael Hoppe wrote the framework for being a great listener, and I have given my color-commentary on his main points, as a primer for boosting your listening skills. Adopting these methods will raise your emotional intelligence, and draw others toward you in...

Here’s What a Life Coach in Washington Can Teach You with a Speech

In life, there are times when you come to realize that you want to pursue bigger goals. The problem is you are just not sure how to go about them. There are even times when you are not exactly sure if you are actually capable of achieving them all on your own. In this...

Putting Out Fires Too Often?

I can’t tell you how many times I get the response “putting out fires” when I ask how a leader’s work life is going.  Getting tired of that tyranny of the urgent? To break out of that exhausting, reactive state: Write down every issue that has led to a reactive...

8 Behaviors That Make You More Approachable

No one wants to be perceived as unapproachable. But sometimes, we aren’t self-aware enough to know what we are doing that puts people off. Try some of these techniques to show you do want interactions with others: Ask how you are perceived. Sometimes we live lives of...

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