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In the Future of Management, author Gary Hamel said, "A turnaround is a transformation past due."
Certainly, this statement has rung true as so many businesses are failing and laying people off, showing a lack of resilience. Our leaders are strategically challenged. They focus on improving current processes for short term gain instead of continually making the changes that prepare their organizations for the future.
Yet this statement also rings true for
While teaching in Chile this week, one of the women asked me how to deal with her boss who treats her like a child. I asked her what she does now. She said she ends up arguing with him even when the issue is not worth her time.
I remembered a time when I was complaining about a similar situation to a friend when I was still working for someone else.
Recently, a very frustrated client complained, “I tried my hardest to help my team. They just don’t get it. I only want them to succeed.”
I know her pain very well as a painful lesson I had to learn. It wasn’t until I fully experienced the power of true coaching that I understood the distinction between serving and fixing those we live and work with.
As a high achiever, we
One of the greatest pains for achievers is the length of time it takes to change inefficient processes, if they get changed at all.
Gary Hamel gives some suggestions for renegades to make changes in his book, The Future of Management. Here are some ideas:
Instead of launching a major change program, design a couple of low-cost, low risk experiments
I love the feeling of knowing I just delivered a great class or a powerful coaching session. Yet how I define "great" and "powerful" has shifted for me over time.
For years, I said that learning was my highest value. When I received a good evaluation for a class, it meant that I had created a good product. I was proud that I was able to transfer my knowledge, which I
One of the facts about many high-achieving women that boggles me is around the concept of perfection. I generally see high-achievers as risk takers. Yet if you are a true perfectionist, you will probably avoid doing things you can't do well. Or if you discover you can't do it well, you give up trying.
This might work for a few things like biochemistry or extreme sports. But what about dancing? Or
I was passionately explaining to my boss the virtue of my grand idea and my frustration with the executive team for not “getting it.” He took my hand, patted it and said, “Dear, you can quit fighting now. You’ve made it.”
I pulled my hand away from him and gasped. His truth had taken my breath away.
He added, “I know fighting helped you get where you are today. And now it’s
"For most of history, Anonymous was a woman."--Virginia Woolf
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This blog post is not intended to offend anyone. If your political views differ from mine, please know that I honor your informed choice and love that we live in a country that gives a voice to differing opinions, ideologies, and religious views (though sadly, this seems questionable at times, especially in the last decade). Please post your views even if you disagree. I love an intelligent argument.
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A few years ago, I went on a tour in Costa Rica in search of a Resplendent Quetzal. These are strikingly colored birds only found in the cloud forests of Central America. They do not survive in captivity and are hard to spot in the dense tree canopies.
After an hour of looking up and only seeing a few toucans (funny how I would delight to see them anywhere else), I