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Spring Cleaning for the Brain
April 6th, 2024
Spring Cleaning For The Brain &Raquo; Springcleaning For The Brain Deborah Johnson 150X150 1

Just as one clears out physical clutter during spring cleaning, identifying and discarding mental clutter, such as distractions, commitments, and beliefs that do not align with one’s essential priorities give us a head start on dusting off limitations. This process entails introspection, prioritization, and intentional decision-making to create mental clarity and enhance focus on what brings us genuine fulfillment and value. I have found this principle especially relevant for the artistic and creative mind and I admit, I fit into that category. After reading Marie Kondo’s books on Tidying... Continue Reading

The Spectrum of Workplace Personalities: Beyond Cool Breezes and Fog Machines
March 5th, 2024

A few years ago I wrote a piece contrasting the “cool breeze” and the “fog machine”, whimsically (at least my attempt at whimsy) to illustrate extreme possibilities in the way a leader can show up at work. I think It’s time to delve deeper into that idea (minus the whimsy part). While the “Cool Breeze” and “Fog Machine” personalities capture a fundamental aspect of workplace dynamics, the reality presents a more nuanced spectrum. Let’s dive deeper and explore the shades in between: The Gentle Breeze: Similar to the “Cool Breeze,” these individuals are positive and solution-oriented.... Continue Reading

March 5th, 2024
3 Rings of Accountability
February 21st, 2024
3 Rings Of Accountability &Raquo; Executive Coaching

Leaders at all levels share some common responsibilities. It doesn’t matter whether you are the CEO of a Fortune 500 or the owner of a small shop in the local town. You have some common threads that weave the fabric of who and what you need to be as a leader. In a recent post I introduced the three circles of leadership. This model describes and contrasts the leader you want to be vs the leader the company needs you to be vs the leader your team expects. Seldom do those three circles fully overlap. There is always movement within the model. Leveraging these three principles, I want to present... Continue Reading

February 21st, 2024
Ditch the Emerald City: Why True Leaders Step Out From the Curtain
February 14th, 2024

The Wizard of Oz may have been pulling levers and projecting smoke and mirrors, but that wouldn’t make him a very effective leader. In today’s dynamic world, the “man behind the curtain” approach simply doesn’t work. True leaders understand that inspiration stems from visibility, trust from approachability, and connection from relatability. Just like Dorothy needed to see the Wizard face-to-face to gain courage, your team needs to experience you as a real, accessible human to truly follow and be motivated. So, how do you shed the illusion and step out from the shadows? Here are 5 ways... Continue Reading

February 14th, 2024
Beyond the Big Stage: Crafting Your Leadership Legacy One Moment at a Time
February 9th, 2024
Beyond The Big Stage: Crafting Your Leadership Legacy One Moment At A Time &Raquo; Leading In The Moment 650X366 1

We often imagine leadership as a grand production. Spotlight moments, heroic decisions, and sweeping pronouncements come to mind. But what if the key to building a truly impactful reputation isn’t found in these blockbuster scenes? What if it lies in the quiet, seemingly insignificant interactions that fill our daily lives? The truth is, leadership isn’t a one-time performance; it’s an ongoing narrative woven from countless threads. Each conversation, each decision, each gesture contributes to the tapestry of how you’re perceived by those around you. These small moments, not the big events,... Continue Reading

February 9th, 2024
The Tyranny of Perfection: Why Striving for 100% Can Cost You More Than It’s Worth
February 3rd, 2024
The Tyranny Of Perfection: Why Striving For 100% Can Cost You More Than It’s Worth &Raquo; The Tyranny Of Perfection 650X366 1

In a world obsessed with hustle culture and #winning, the pressure to achieve perfection is omnipresent. We push ourselves to the limit, fueled by the belief that anything less than perfect is failure. But what if this relentless pursuit of flawlessness is actually holding us back? What if, in our quest for the unattainable 100%, we’re sacrificing the perfectly good 80% that could be more than enough? Consider the Cost The truth is, striving for perfection comes at a steep price. It leads to: Burnout and exhaustion: The constant pressure to be perfect takes a toll on our mental and physical... Continue Reading

February 3rd, 2024
The Humble Showoff: Mastering the Art of Leading with Knowledge (Without Being a Jerk)
January 30th, 2024
The Humble Showoff: Mastering The Art Of Leading With Knowledge (Without Being A Jerk) &Raquo; The Humble Showoff 650X366 1

In the grand theatre of leadership, there’s a delicate dance playing out on the main stage: the display of expertise. On one hand, we have the confident captains, radiating knowledge like beacons, guiding their teams through uncharted waters. On the other, lurk the know-it-alls, tripping over their own pronouncements, leaving trails of deflated egos and resentful whispers in their wake. The key, then, lies not in shunning expertise, but in mastering a crucial art form: leading with humility. Humility in leadership isn’t about shrinking your brilliance or dimming your light. It’s about harnessing... Continue Reading

January 30th, 2024
Building Your Dual Identity: Strategies for Blending Personal Brand and Leadership in Business
January 20th, 2024
Building Your Dual Identity: Strategies For Blending Personal Brand And Leadership In Business &Raquo; Building Your Dual Identity 650X366 1

In today’s competitive landscape, effective leadership isn’t just about driving results; it’s about building trust, inspiring vision, and establishing yourself as a recognized authority. This is where the concept of personal branding for leaders comes into play. It’s about crafting a unique and authentic image that resonates with your audience, both within and outside your organization. But for business owners and managers, the challenge lies in blending this personal brand with the leadership persona your role demands. So, how do you navigate this dual identity and leverage it for optimum... Continue Reading

January 20th, 2024
Facing the Dragons: Why Leadership Starts with Confrontation, Not Control
January 10th, 2024
Facing The Dragons: Why Leadership Starts With Confrontation, Not Control &Raquo; Facing The Dragons 650X366 1

We, the captains of our professional and community ships, spend our days steering, navigating, and occasionally throwing out life preservers. We’re problem solvers, decision-makers, and cheerleaders, fueled by the noble ambition to make things better. But in the pursuit of progress, one crucial truth can get swallowed by the waves: you can’t fix what you won’t face. It’s tempting, isn’t it? To tiptoe around the storm clouds, hoping they’ll dissipate on their own. To smooth over cracks in the hull with a fresh coat of paint, ignoring the ominous groans from below. We fear the chaos,... Continue Reading

January 10th, 2024
Leading the Charge: Action vs. Reaction in Leadership Directives
January 4th, 2024
Leading The Charge: Action Vs. Reaction In Leadership Directives &Raquo; Action Vs Reaction 1 650X366 1

When it comes to being a great Leader, power of words can tip the scales between proactive dynamism and knee-jerk reactivity. A leader’s directives, those crucial pronouncements that guide and motivate, hold the potential to ignite transformative action or trigger a defensive scramble. Understanding the difference between these two outcomes is fundamental to fostering a team that thrives on initiative and ownership. Action-oriented directives are like lighthouses in a fog, illuminating the path forward and empowering immediate movement. They are characterized by: Clarity and focus: Precise... Continue Reading

January 4th, 2024