Tag: leadership qualities

Effective Leadership Tools: The Power of Mindful Listening

October 13, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Steven R. Covey My mantra for coaching leaders and anyone working on their relationships: “Listen, listen, listen…think…act…repeat.” Becoming a better leader requires a host of skills, not least of which is learning to listen effectively. Yet when we think of communications skill development we think of speaking and the need to inspire others. We get consumed by telling people what to do or making a point. We forget to make listening a priority. It makes sense when you think about it, how can one inspire others without listening to their wants, needs, and desires? Listening to others conveys engagement, empathy and respect, […]

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Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur?

October 6, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

How did you become an entrepreneur? Were you driven to it by an irresistible internal desire, or was it circumstance that caused you to strike out on your own? Are you wondering IF YOU CAN be an entrepreneur? According to a recent article at Gallup.com, simply possessing what we commonly refer to as the “Entrepreneurial Spirit” is not enough to succeed when taking the leap into creating and building your own business. Simply “wanting to” is not enough. There are, in fact, certain identifiable characteristics that make for a successful entrepreneur: Personality traits and economic behavior are strongly linked Personal desire for achievement is tied to business success Risk-takers thrive in complexity, uncertainty, and urgency Of course, the question then […]

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Be Like “The Donald”

September 29, 2015 | By | Add a Comment

On the one hand, Donald Trump has a three step process that gets him attention: 1) Insult someone; 2) Use the insult to increase popularity; 3) Repeat. The question is, how long will his “15 minutes of fame” last? I am guessing people will get bored in 3 to 6 months and social media will be on to something more interesting. Love him or hate him, and there are few if any who are indifferent to him, Donald Trump makes a huge impression on virtually everyone who sees him perform; and he is ALWAYS performing. Among other talents, Trump is a master at exaggeration and perpetual optimism. When he is not insulting individuals or groups, Trump demonstrates a lot of […]

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