Leadership Perspectives

Everyone has opinions: How to make sure yours are grounded

August 31, 2016

Some of the most valuable work that I do with individuals and teams is helping them understand the difference between assessments and assertions… or put another way, the difference between opinions (or assumptions) and facts. Of course, you know the difference.  If it is 85 degrees, you are sweating, and you say “It’s hot.”  That’s […]

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What we know for sure isn’t always right

July 28, 2016

Sometimes, we think we know things. And because we humans – even the leaders among us – aren’t always as rational as we’d like to be, we often make thinking errors that cause us to believe that we absolutely know things, when in reality we don’t know them at all.  This happens especially with emotionally […]

Four reasons you should read

February 22, 2016
Marie Peeler

  Read Across America day is next week on March 2.  The observance, spearheaded by the National Education Association, is designed to promote reading among children and young adults.  But we wonder – Why should kids have all the fun? The evidence is clear.  Children who are given early access to books, are read to, […]

How to stop procrastinating

January 25, 2016
Marie Peeler

“You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic.” Bill Watterson, creator of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. He’s talking about procrastination and this quote would lead me to believe that writing a comic strip may be a lot like […]

3 ways to become smarter in 2016

January 5, 2016
Marie Peeler
Do you want to be a smarter leader? Don’t we all? In addition to the conventional ways that leaders try to learn and expand their thinking capacity, there are lots of other ways that you can add to your knowledge and stimulate your creative thinking. Here are just three. 1-  Share what you learn. Years [...]

Six things to know about hearing negative feedback

November 4, 2015
Marie Peeler

Almost no one actually enjoys receiving negative feedback.  At best, we feel sorry for whatever we did or didn’t do to earn the feedback.  At worst, we think that we did not earn the negative feedback at all and we feel hurt by it or betrayed by the feedback giver. But proactively soliciting feedback and […]

4 Ways to Benefit from Executive Coaching

August 27, 2015
Marie Peeler

Coaching is hard.  No, I don’t mean being a coach or coaching other people is hard.  I mean that being coached is hard. I have to give credit every day to wise, brave people who open themselves up for coaching and go on to learn, grow, and truly benefit from the process.  It’s not something […]

Overwhelming workload

Coping with overwhelm? Keep learning.

June 30, 2015

Ever watch what happens as the workload keeps building, complexity keeps increasing, and leaders try to cope by working harder and faster? Work hours extend and anxiety levels rise, but productivity does not necessarily increase as leaders frantically attempt to simply keep up. Hard work is not a bad thing. Sometimes we need to work […]

Have you done your personal SWOT analysis?

February 10, 2015
By: Marie Peeler

Organizations frequently do SWOT analyses because they are effective tools for reflection and planning. Individual leaders can and should gain the same benefits. While there are many tools and processes to engage during the creation of a strategic plan, none is so time honored as the SWOT analysis. The classic SWOT analysis examines the Strengths, […]

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5 rules for more achievable New Year’s resolutions

December 29, 2014

Every year around now the time honored topics of New Year’s Resolutions and whether or not to make them comes up. People debate the merits of these oft-made, and nearly as oft-broken, promises to ourselves and, increasingly, decide just to skip the whole business altogether. But I’m an advocate of the much maligned New Year’s […]

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