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A Bigger Vision for Organizational Development

It’s really interesting how the engagements with our organizational clients evolve over time. As they extend from months into years, we find ourselves deeply embedded into the fabric of the organization, simultaneously working at the levels of culture, strategy and tactical execution. We recently came across a case study done as part of the International…
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A Practice For Accessing Your Intuition

I was super honored to be included in Santa Fe Art Institute‘s recent SFAI 140 event, where I shared the Three Centers practice for accessing your intuition. The talk is a mere 140-seconds, and the practice is a tried-and-true way to improve your decision making. Have a look… and consider giving it a try! SFAI 140 –…
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Why do some teams stumble, while others soar?

Why do some teams stumble, while others soar? That was the question that Google has spent the last five years studying, as part of its massive effort to measure—and optimize—nearly every aspect of its employees lives. The answer, as reported by Charles Duhigg (author of ‘‘The Power of Habit’’ and the forthcoming ‘‘Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Productivity in…
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Conative Coaching

Why are you in the zone some days, exhausted on others?  The answer has a lot to do with the Conative aspect of your mind, which works alongside your Cognitive (Thinking) and Affective (Feeling) faculties. It includes your instinctive way of taking action, your natural drives and talents, and how your mental energy reserves are allocated. Think of it this way: While Cognitive assessments…
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Your Body Is Trying To Tell You Something… Are You Listening?

This may strike you as an odd question but… where are your shoulders right now? Are they tight and up around your ears? Slack and drooping? Curled forward or pulled back? Are you assuming they’re basically wherever they usually are?  Let’s take a moment to actually find out where they are. Wiggle your shoulders around. Take a breath. See where they…
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Why You Can’t Get Emotional Intelligence From A Book

In the professional development world, sometimes Emotional Intelligence seems like that old cliche about the weather—everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything about it. Or, as Muriel Magian Wilkins puts it in Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence in the Harvard Business Review: “In my ten years as an executive coach, I have never had someone raise his…
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Not producing the results you want? Try this Reality Check exercise

Not long ago, I set out to learn basic Italian in advance of a trip. I signed up for a course at the Italian Cultural Institute (or, if you prefer, Istituto Italiano di Cultura), bought some phrase books and downloaded the Duolingo app. But as the departure date grew closer, it was clear that my intensity…
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Practice of the Week: Starting Rituals

Procrastination sucks. Oh sure, it may seem like a good idea at the time, but like your mom probably told you, it’s all fun and games until you’re on your death bed wracked by regrets about all the things you didn’t do.  So here’s something you can do to tame that soul-sucking beast: Create a…
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4 Painfully Obvious Ways To Win Friends And Influence People At Work

As coaches, people often ask us how they can be more effective and impactful at work. Sometimes, it seems like they’re hoping for secret sauce that will give them awesome superpowers. Truth is, there are totally straightforward things that anyone can do, at any time, to make a difference—and they don’t require superpowers at all. You’ll…
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Need Leadership? Don’t wait for it to walk in the door

Big takeaway from Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2014 survey: The need to “broaden, deepen, and accelerate leadership development at all levels, in all geographies, and across all functional areas” is by far the most urgent challenge facing organizations. That critical need for leadership is followed by some gnarly people issues most of us are painfully familiar with: Talent acquisition, retention and engagement, and “the…
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