Leadership Perspectives

Lessons for leaders in Donald Trump’s surprising win

November 10, 2016

This week’s US Presidential election represented one of the most stunning political upsets that most of us alive today have ever witnessed. Regardless of how you voted or whether you were elated, despondent, or somewhere in-between with the result, most people were genuinely surprised when they learned that Donald Trump was to be the 44th […]

How important is sleep?

December 17, 2015
Marie Peeler

  Recently a client asked me how important I thought sleep was.  I didn’t hesitate before I said “Critically important” with some vehemence.  The context of the conversation was leadership, leadership performance, and showing up emotionally centered and resilient in the face of challenge. My answer didn’t surprise him.  I think he was simply looking for […]

Leadership Development

Uncovering what leaders know: What coaches do

March 16, 2015
Marie Peeler

The most successful coaching engagements start with a successful leader who, as a person, is healthy, whole, and resourceful. Leaders who are confident but humble, and smart but willing to learn, come to coaching with an open mind, so that another person, skilled in the tools of coaching, can help them find answers that are […]

Leading versus managing: Four things for leaders to let go of

September 9, 2014

Last year, I wrote a blog post on eight key differences between managing and leading. I recently had occasion to think of these distinctions again when a coaching client asked me how a person could lead a large team without spending all their time in the details. She had nine people on her team, which […]

Leaders need to keep learning

April 2, 2014

Sometimes, in the attempt to deal with the increasing volume and complexity of everything coming at us, we cope by trying to work harder and do more.  We can become myopic in our attempt to simply manage our environments. How’s that working for you? Probably not great because it’s exhausting and not a great strategy.  […]

What you can do to make 2014 your best year ever

December 16, 2013

Were you your best leadership self in 2013?  If so, do you want to keep getting better?  If not, do you want a chance to make 2014 your year to shine?  Here are just a few key things that you can do to be more effective and happy with your performance in 2014. Set a […]

Five meeting blunders leaders should avoid

December 3, 2013

I often hear leaders lament how much they hate meetings, those time-sucking events that take us away from our real work to sit in a room, or on the telephone, with others who would also prefer to be doing something else. Sound familiar? Wait a minute.  By definition, leadership is guiding, inspiring, and working with […]

5 ways leaders can promote worker engagement

June 17, 2013

Last week, a post on the Wall Street Journal At Work blog claimed that over half the workers in the US aren’t enthused by or committed to their work.  The claim is based on a recent Gallup research study and, if it is true, it’s pretty scary. To understand the concept of engagement, look at […]

Seven things you can do to achieve your intentions

February 6, 2013

Now that we are more than a month into the New Year, I have to ask:  How many of you made New Year’s resolutions?  I don’t know the statistics but anecdotal evidence would suggest that very few people bother to make these annual pledges to themselves any more.  It seems that a lot of people […]

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm; Rough seas require transformative leadership

January 22, 2013

“I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a ‘transformer,’ in any situation, any organization.  Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf.  It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.”  Stephen R.  Covey, from Principle-Centered Leadership. When I do workshops […]

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