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Five Characteristics of Exceptional Coaches

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:59pm -- Jody Termeer

1.    Self-awareness

2.    Ability to trust

3.    Ability to use imagery

4.    Ability to identify blocks when they occur

5.    Recognizing the importance of adversity (p. 7)

 

What additional characteristics of Exceptional Coaches can you add to this list?

      What was the best advice you have received from a coach?

 

The Five Practices and Ten Commitments of Exemplary Leadership

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:21am -- Beth Flynn

Model the Way

  • Clarify values by finding your vice and affirming shared values.
  • Set the example by aligning actions with shared values.

Inspire a Shared Vision

  • Envision the future by imagining exciting and enabling possibilities.
  • Enlist others in a common vision by appealing to shared aspirations.

Challenge the Process

HA-HA! to AHA!

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 5:51pm -- Beth Flynn

“Our workplaces are full of human “doings,” not human “ beings.” So says Mitch Ditkoff, the man who spends his days trying to humanize corporate work environments.

“Most people tamp down their real selves when they go to work.  However, if you want to bring your ‘A’ game you have to bring your real self to work each day.  That’s the only way the best of your natural creativity will emerge.”

Human beings are thoughtful, inspiring, compassionate and creative, so why don’t we bring this into the workplace?

 

Which Thoughts Do You Feed?

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 12:52pm -- Beth Flynn

One evening, an old Cherokee told his grandson about a conflict that goes on inside people.  He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves within is all.  One is evil.  It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, worry, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.  The other one is Good.  It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, wisdom, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth compassion and faith.”

Six Uncomplicated Guidelines for Servant-Leaders

Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:49am -- Beth Flynn
  • Manage for the best and not the worst.
  • Don’t engage in police work.
  • Be honest.
  • Trust everyone.
  • Let your first response also be the caring response.
  • Care about yourself too.   (Ray Ferch & Spears, 2011, p.131-132)

How can you utilize these guidelines into your life?

What other guidelines would you add to this list?

From:  Ray Ferch, S. & Spears, L.C. eds. (2011).  The spirit of servant-leadership.  Mahwah, NJ:  Paulist Press.  

The Einstein Principle

Sun, 05/25/2014 - 6:06pm -- Beth Flynn

 “Many people think that Einstein was just a simple scientist who went about formulating the laws that govern the Universe, but he was so much more than that.

Apart from being the man who had the greatest single impact on the advancement of our understanding of the laws that govern the physical universe, Einstein was also a philosopher king!  Following are some of his musings (ESP), along with how they can relate to your business. 

Run a Social Club, Not a Sweatshop!

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 1:05pm -- Beth Flynn

Run a Social Club, Not a Sweatshop!

Smithson, D. (2014). What managers don’t know: how to be a better manager, leader, and entrepreneur?  Theinformbook.com

“How many times do you hear people say: ‘There can’t be much work going on here with all the talking?’ Do you say it yourself? If you do, why do you?

The fact is that we spend almost half of our waking hours in a working environment!  If we’re not enjoying the time then we’re going to be miserable.  And if we’re miserable then we’re hardly likely to be very productive are we?

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