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Are you languishing or thriving?

A plant in my backyard has languished since the trees, and beautiful bougainvillea entwined in them, were removed. I hated to see our lush, jungle-like yard change to a sunny, somewhat barren look and feel, but it had to be done because the branches were pulling on the wires. This plant was not happy with

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What frustrates Quiet Leaders

A quick quiz: 1) Are those who express their opinions the loudest and firmest always right? 2) Are those who talk the most in meetings always the most confident in the room? 3) Are those who observe without expressing their thoughts always not engaged? If you answered No to all three questions, you are 100% correct. It

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Your mindset in meetings matters

An EVP wants one of his Quiet Leader directors (Ava) to speak up more in meetings, to show she has good ideas and can hold her own. Ava tends to let others talk, out of respect and an introvert’s preference to listen first, talk second. This is being viewed as weakness in her company culture.

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Quiet Leaders are not always quiet

When I facilitate leadership programs, I ask participants who comes to mind when they think of well-known international figures with a strong brand. Often, they say Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Bill Gates. Unintentionally, they have named three widely known leaders with something in common. They are introverts. The fact is, some of the best leaders we

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Getting Comfortable Talking to Groups

In last week’s message, I shared with you my old fear of public speaking, recalling that my lungs would shrink to what felt like the size of two peanuts. I promised to tell you what I have done to get comfortable talking with groups. Here’s what has worked. Pay attention. I paid attention to facilitators

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Uncomfortable talking with groups

Last month, I was talking with a group of professional women about taking risks to advance their careers. One participant in the program, a marketing manager, said, “My director wants to groom me to replace him, but he’s a real extrovert. I have a hard time talking with groups.” Otherwise, she was confident she could

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You are what you think

I read in my Daily Word this morning, “Whatever we bring into our awareness, the universe aligns with and seeks to support.” We are what we think. We’re seeing it with all the fantastic Olympic competitors. They have worked long and hard on their goals, for years. I’m proud of all of them for being

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Finding The Right Fit

Sometimes we have to try something that appeals to us to find out it’s not a good fit. Years ago when I started in Human Resources, the recruiter role appealed to me. I was impressed with my interviewer, Kathy, who opened doors for me, literally. Having rushed to get my resume there right after work,

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Outstanding Teamwork Gets Another “C”

Last week I shared an article with my LinkedIn connections entitled The best teams have 3 things by Douglas Conant. It is a clear, succinct description of what the author says is evident in every outstanding team. The three Cs in the article grabbed my attention: Competence, Character and Chemistry. Here are my thoughts on

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Pay Attention To Your Thought Pings

Pay attention to your thought pings. Those momentary mental flashes of clear, direct thought — a person’s name, an action, a decision. I act on some of mine pretty quickly but wait on others. Some have to hit me a number of times before I know it’s time to do something about it. My thought

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