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Trusted delegating

A senior leader I’ve respected for years talked about how he handles delegating. It’s important to Rich that he knows the person before he’ll delegate key tasks. When Rich brings a new team member on board, he’ll schedule 1:1 time to get to know them. In the first meeting, he’ll give an example of something

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Delegate like a pro

Think of a time when someone explained to you what they wanted you to do. You received clear instructions, patient responses to your questions, encouragement to describe how you’d do it to ensure you ‘got it,’ with follow up that worked for both of you toward a successful outcome. If a mental picture of a

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I need

I learned the hard way that delegating is not one-size-fits-all. For years, in all my roles, I took action whenever my manager said, “I need…” In my mind, if they needed something I knew, had access to, or could get, I was glad to provide it. If they needed it asap, I shifted priorities to

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Go within

When do you slow down enough to go within?  I don’t mean paying attention to the thoughts that flit through your mind throughout your day (and night, for some of you). I mean giving yourself quiet time to be by yourself and ask what’s inside that wants to be expressed.  Just be with yourself, your

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Fly Story

A colleague was talking about my last week’s message about Paul. She thinks he should start his own consulting firm. Some of you wrote that he should stay in his current role so he can continue to have flexibility for his kids, which he truly values. A few thought he should move to the regional role

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What would you do?

Paul is a solid player in a unique position with his company for years. Honest, straightforward, ethical, he gives his all at work. He also has a robust home life with his wife (works full time), two kids (teen and pre-teen) and two special needs dogs. He loves his family. Being a good dad is

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Starts with B

I was asked recently who I enjoy working with most. That got me thinking about the leaders I’ve coached over the years, from CEOs to emerging leaders. I started jotting traits I admire in these people and, for some unknown reason, the words that streamed out started with B.  I enjoy working with leaders who:

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Lifted, shifted

I was surprised to see her name on my phone at 5:27 pm on a Friday. I answered immediately wondering what was up, hoping it wasn’t bad news. “Mary, I have to tell you what happened today… WORDS MATTER. You’ve said it many times. Today I learned they really do.” I wondered where this was

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Breathe… what happened

Some of you have taken on my challenge to do intentional breathing for two minutes/day for the month of August. I’m glad! Research has proven that two (2) minutes of focusing on nothing but the single task of breathing in/out positively affects your brain. Yes, that smidgeon of time breathing with a single focus daily

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Growth

Andrea was a champion of her people’s growth. She gave them many opportunities to speak to client groups and leaders within the company and felt good about the development and visibility it provided them. But, upon reflection, she acknowledged that the underlying reason she didn’t speak to the groups herself was because the thought of

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