Open to Choice

Open to Choice

“How could he say that in the meeting?! I can’t believe it. He makes me look bad. I can’t trust him. I’ll show him.”  This is what my executive client shared about what he was feeling when a colleague said negative things about him and his team. How do you think he...
I Don’t Know What I Don’t Know

I Don’t Know What I Don’t Know

I was asked by a board to conduct interviews regarding perceptions of a CEO. A senior staff person was angry with the CEO and complained that the senior staff had not been respectfully informed or included in the process.  Then I told her that it was not the CEO’s...
What Kind of Mood are You Creating?

What Kind of Mood are You Creating?

Sarah was excited about the birthday gathering planned for her spouse’s big day. A lot of thought went into some special details and family and friends were attending. When a family member walked in it was immediately clear the person was in a bad mood.  Sarah...
Attend to Relationship and Task

Attend to Relationship and Task

Often, executives I work with feel a lot of pressure and the need to produce results. Sometimes they feel they don’t have time or energy for addressing people’s emotional needs. First, they need to attend to business. One client experiencing serious business...
Be Open to Influence

Be Open to Influence

Most of the leaders I coach are focused on how they can influence others. How do they ensure team members are committed to a shared vision and strategy? However, equally important is that leaders be open to being influenced. People sense when a leader, a colleague or...
Contagion: What are You Spreading?

Contagion: What are You Spreading?

We’ve heard about how measles are spreading at rapid speed significantly influencing communities. In a similar way emotions are contagious. In a study a group of nurses were asked to keep a daily log of their mood, work challenges and the overall emotional climate of...

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