Breakthrough Ideas

With the right process, breakthrough ideas can go from haphazard to habitual. sporadic to systematic. I know it’s possible because I’ve used this one tried and true process with clients and projects for years. I had a person book a coaching session with me recently. She has plenty of professional success, but after some life…

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Empowering the Secret Backbone of Your Business

Empowering the Secret Backbone of Your Business “Middle management is a vital yet beleaguered role within organizations.” (McKinsey Global Survey, published 2023)1 Recent studies2 show that middle managers often lack the development, empowerment, and appreciation they need, despite being the glue that holds everything together. What’s your experience been? Are middle managers thought of and…

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The 5C Code for Communication Mastery

I recently picked up a fantastic new book called “The Communication Code” by Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram, the co-founders of GiANT. As someone who is passionate about improving communication and relationships, I was immediately drawn to the core premise. Jeremie and Steve provide a simple but powerful framework for elevating your emotional intelligence and…

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The Cost of Poor Communication

Every month, Mike and I have the privilege of hearing from our clients about the significant impact our communication tools have in reducing poor communication. Just today, Mike shared a story with me about a recent coaching call he conducted. The client emphasized how our tools empowered her to communicate in the context of difficult…

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Unlocking Leadership Lessons from 13,000 Feet

Over the last two years, Mike and I have taken dozens of leaders through “100X Leadership“. We use a metaphor to talk about preparing ourselves as leaders, and the need to acclimate to higher altitudes. To bring the metaphor to life, Mike and I had the dream a couple of years ago to make a…

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Courage to Overcome The Internal Struggle

(The following is an excerpt from our regular newsletter. If you want to get insights like these delivered to your inbox on a regular basis, subscribe here.) The Internal Struggle No doubt everyone of us can think of something we would like to change about our current reality. So why is it that days can…

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Communication – the Lifeblood of Relationships

In a former career, I did a fair amount of pre-marriage and marriage coaching. I was not licensed as a counselor, but I could serve as a coach based on my own experience, workshops I had attended, and books I had studied and taught in marriage classes. One principle that I came back to time…

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Simple is Good

“Simple is good.” When I think of this phrase, it takes me back to a time early in my career. I had moved into the information technology department of a fast-growing company, and I was responsible for software configuration. It was a robust warehouse management system that was new technology to the world and to…

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Missing Annual Goals

If you’re like me, you take some time at the end of a year to reflect back on what you accomplished — or didn’t. (It’s my Creative Pioneer voice combination that struggles to believe that anything can be “good enough.”)   A few years ago, I heard a leader give a talk, and in it,…

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