Is Leadership Born or Built?

VIEW OF B lue Ridge MountainsThis is the title of a recent article in the Washington Post by James Clawson.

He shared these opinions around this question of leadership:

 

 

Nigel Nicholson author of Executive’s Instinct suspects there may be ‘a leadership gene,’ that some people are simply born to ‘be in charge.’

Noel Tichy author of The Leadership Engine from the University of Michigan says leadership style and ability emerge from experience.

An unnamed former corporate executive says leadership is irrelevant.  A company’s performance is all about the proper employment contracts. [Read more…]

How My Father’s Death is Helping me Make Friends With Time

Ratna Ling Retreat Center at Dusk compressed

Ratna Ling Retreat Center at dusk

Co-leading a retreat with Arnaud Maitland on ‘Timing Mind’ for Training the Mind for Leadership program participants recently, I deepened my understanding of my own relationship to time.

At the beautiful Ratna Ling Retreat Center, we studied the natural cycles of time, seeing that everything has a beginning, middle and end.  We discovered where we were in different parts of  these cycles within business and our personal lives. [Read more…]

Eliminate Boring Meetings (pt 2): Skyrocket Performance

group thumbs upIn the last blog post I suggested it was possible to kill the deadly boring meeting and a great practice to begin the process.

This week let’s look at ways to lead successful meetings that are productive and meaningful for everyone involved and how to translate it into improved overall team performance.

As a meeting leader, the first question is: What is the purpose of the meeting are you leading? [Read more…]

Banish the Deadly Boring Meeting

energy being sucked out of a meetingOh, the dreaded meeting.

Many of us spend a lot of time there.

When I ask people why they don’t like meetings I hear:

•    They’re boring.
•    They waste lots of time and are too long.
•    They take away from what I should be doing!
•    There is too much tension, too much drama.

Badly run meetings create organizational inefficiencies, negatively affect everyone involved, and suck productivity right out of the company.  What can be done to shift this negative pattern?

[Read more…]

Improve Your Communication – Get Better Business Results Now

Please share below your experience improving communication.  I would love to hear what is working for you and where there are still challenges.

Have Enough Ideal Clients?

No?  Create a Flourishing Mind.

Want to learn more about the upcoming Training the Mind for Leadership program starting the week of September 16?  Click Here.

Tell me, what state of mind best supports your business?  What is your state of mind when you are at your best?

Becoming A Leader of My Life part 2

 

This is a head shot of Christine Kane

Christine Kane

 

My journey continues as Christine challenges me to go deeper to find my own capacity to

lead my life and business

during this intense 4 day event.

Sunday night gems:

We learn how we react to both challenges and opportunities is often our biggest obstacle to a healthy thriving business or organization.  Christine broke it down for us.

We start with our default reactions to challenges and obstacles.

Default meaning the way we automatically react, without thinking, our habitual responses in the world.

My personal default reactions to opportunities and challenges include: [Read more…]

Becoming a Leader of My Life with Christine Kane

A view of Raleigh as we take off for Atlanta

A view of Raleigh as we take off for Atlanta

Day 1: Saturday afternoon

My four day journey begins today from seat 17D on a flight from Raleigh, NC  to Atlanta for my third live event with the amazing Christine Kane of Uplevel Your Business.  This event is about growing your business, becoming a leader and everything required to make that happen. [Read more…]

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