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Are You a “Too-Generous” Manager?

Are You a “Too-Generous” Manager?

Are you a “too-generous” manager? When I first transitioned into a formal people leader, I still had too much of the individual contributor mindset – what’s in it for me? But definitely by year five, it was all about my team. But was I possibly too generous as a manager? Is that even possible? Is there such a thing as a “too-generous” manager?

Why Do I Need to Speak?

Why Do I Need to Speak?

It’s not just about the stage or the boardroom. You are always presenting! In fact, you’re presenting even when you’re outside of work – PTA meetings, Homeowners Association meetings, church gatherings, or simply making a brief toast at someone’s birthday. Watch this week’s video to hear what I experienced firsthand at our high school lacrosse booster club meetings.

It’s Always Been This Way

It’s Always Been This Way

“But, Colleen, it has to be this way!” “Says who?” I ask. This is what resistance to my training and coaching looks like. I see it time and time again. I receive pushback when offering, or outright insisting on, a change. It was no different when I recently trained a group of high performers at a Fortune 500 company. They pushed back on me, so I pushed back on them! Find out the result, and how it could significantly change the way you approach business and life!

Easy vs. Effective Communication

Easy vs. Effective Communication

It’s easier to say what I want! These were the words spoken by the CEO after I spent the day with him and his leadership team training on communication. Discover the shift from easy to effective.

Leaders Don’t Ask Leading Questions

Leaders Don’t Ask Leading Questions

SmartLess podcast host makes common leadership mistake. Leaders should be asking questions. Yes, leaders should have a heightened level of curiosity. However, I’ve witnessed a common mistake leaders make immediately following their question. It’s the same mistake one of my favorite actors makes as the host of the SmartLess podcast. Discover what mistake to avoid after asking your next question.

The One Thing Holding You Back

The One Thing Holding You Back

50% have lost out on an opportunity because of the lack of one skill! Looking for that promotion or next opportunity? Are you perhaps missing this one skill that could radically increase your odds? Find out what could be holding you back!

When You Shouldn’t Email

When You Shouldn’t Email

What’s with that email? Have you ever received an email that caused you to feel overwhelmed? I recently saw an extreme case of exactly this! With this example, I share a good rule of thumb if you or your team ever wonder, “Email or call?”

How to Deal with Angry People

How to Deal with Angry People

I just can’t take it! Early in my career, I found myself coaching one of my direct reports on how to handle an angry client. Although this happened years ago, I hear similar situations again and again across organizations I work with now. If you find yourself faced with an angry client, coworker, manager or within a personal relationship, here are a few thoughts on how to navigate these situations.

Tips to Ask for What You Want

Tips to Ask for What You Want

Ask for what you want! Concerned you sound selfish? Think you might appear weak? Doubt that you’ve earned the right? These may be some of the reasons you’ve held back from asking for what you want. Find out why you must overcome these fears and then take note of my tips on how to move forward.

The One Thing for Success

The One Thing for Success

I walked 60 miles! Over 20 years ago I participated in a 60-mile walk. The one thing I did NOT do is the one thing that would’ve made my experience much more successful. Turns out, that one thing is THE one thing I’ve used to create success in all aspects of my personal and professional life. Find out what you might be missing!

The Power of One Word

The Power of One Word

Want to profoundly shift your intent and create better impact for you and others? Change this one word and uncover the results for yourself. One word can change everything!

Should Everyone Develop Leadership Skills?

Should Everyone Develop Leadership Skills?

Should everyone develop leadership skills? I’m often asked this question – most often when we’re co-creating a learning engagement for an organization or a team. I can certainly understand why they question if it’s worth the investment to offer leadership training to those who aren’t even interested in becoming a formal leader in the future. Possibly you’ve wondered the same. Find out the answer along with the compelling reasons why!

False Start for the Win

False Start for the Win

Slammed my car trunk onto my head and had a violent case of the norovirus. Way to kick off 2024! This reminded me of when I spoke at a conference where another speaker shared about her high school days of running and her feeling of “false starts.” If you’re like me and feel as if the new year has been a bit bumpy to start, be sure to watch this video!

The Trifecta of Elite Leaders

The Trifecta of Elite Leaders

My kids learned this at ages 10 and 6. It all began with my son, Ethan, in sixth grade after attending a laser tag birthday party. It was the opportunity I had to share with him what will set him apart now and in the future. And it’s the same thing that will separate YOU as a leader! Discover the trifecta of elite leaders!

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