Lights, Camera, Action!

by DrMaria on September 15, 2014

As a professor and teacher, I understand the importance of theory. Theory gives us the foundation on which to build. As a coach, I understand the importance of action. Just as wisdom is the combination of knowledge and experience, success is the combination of theory and action. I work with many clients on action plans,… Keep Reading >>

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Your Circle of 5

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by DrMaria on September 6, 2014

Jim Rohn, the great businessman and motivational leader stated, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” What does this say about us? When we think about this statement, we may immediately go to the literal, physical people in our circle. This concept is realized when we start taking… Keep Reading >>

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The Uncertain Leader

August 29, 2014
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We expect leaders, including ourselves, to have the answers. If we don’t have the answer to a leadership challenge, we may feel inadequate. These feelings, like inadequacy, may also include feelings of uncertainty and vulnerability. None of these feelings feel good to us, nor are allowed in the workplace, or so we’ve been taught. Really?… Keep Reading >>

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It’s All About Intentions

August 24, 2014
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For many, intention is defined as a motivation, a drive, or an ambition to succeed. It can be a demonstration of force, determination, or your immutable will to attain or accomplish something indicates that you have a firm intention. These are examples of our Western mental models of intention. A deeper understanding of the power of intention, described… Keep Reading >>

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Get Back on Track to Your Vision!

August 14, 2014
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I saw this statement the other day: “I let go of anything and everything that could delay my good in any way.” -Louise Hay Hmmm… Of course, as I so often do, I contemplated how this might apply to leadership. Leadership is the action that motivates people toward a vision. Therefore, if the vision is… Keep Reading >>

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Delegate is Not a Four-Letter Word!

August 10, 2014
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For many of the leaders I work with, delegation is a real struggle. Leaders resist delegating because we are so accustomed to doing the work ourselves. Many times, fear will rear its ugly head, thinking that if we want the work done correctly, we must do it ourselves. And then there is the time issue… Keep Reading >>

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Open Heartedness = Open Mindedness

August 3, 2014
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Living with two bulging, herniated discs can be a pain (no pun intended), especially in our rainy season, when my back seems extra sore. During a family barbecue, my sister, who is an RN, asked if I was experiencing pain. When I asked why she inquired, she said that I looked like I was guarding. This is a… Keep Reading >>

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Fear, Love and Leadership

July 27, 2014
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I write and speak a lot about fear versus love. Fear is easy to identify. We definitely know when fear starts to creep in: our body becomes tense, blood pressure starts to rise, and feelings of anxiety emerge. Fear is not a good feeling! Why would we continue to go there repeatedly? Where love and… Keep Reading >>

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Leaders Show Up Where Others Shut Down

July 21, 2014
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Recently working with a client, we were discussing how we “show up”. We have learned and studied so much about good communication skills and body language that many of us have mastered the art of “listening” with our bodies. Bodies leaning in, head nodding, eyes fixed on the other person, yet all the while our… Keep Reading >>

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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

July 14, 2014
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Everything! Why is integrating love so important into our leadership? The answer is simple: because fear is not working and love is a much more powerful force. Here’s a list of reasons to lead with love: • We have organizations full of over-worked, over-stressed employees who find little or no meaning in the work they… Keep Reading >>

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