Perfectionism is Not a Strength

Are you a leader who is a perfectionist?  If so, treat yourself to some self-compassion to remedy the situation.  Sometimes linked to fear or fear of failure, perfectionism can rear its ugly head in the following ways: Spending an inordinate amount of time writing emails to be sure they are perfect before you send them.

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Lowering the Bar When Goal Setting

This topic may be a bit controversial, but I am seeing it so much with my clients that I feel the need to write about it.  In the article, How To Fuel Your Motivation, I wrote about goal setting and how it involves knowing your “Why,” your outcome, and the steps needed to get there. 

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Productivity Solutions for Remote Teams

I recently took a trip back to my roots in Michigan to spend some quality time with family.  After returning, I realized how much more productive I was after taking that break, changing environments, and reconnecting with loved ones.  I was then asked to speak on a panel discussion for the Global Chamber of Commerce

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Grooming Your Successor

If you are an executive leader who wants to move out of your current role it will happen quicker if you’ve been grooming your successor.  As unfair as it may sound, there are times when the management team is hesitant to let a promotion take place because there are no suitable options for your replacement.  

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Training in the New World

This month we are featuring a guest blog from Jim Leligdon, a trusted colleague that I have known for over a decade.  Jim is a highly respected, skilled, and knowledgeable expert in the field of training and development.  Jim’s blog offers some innovative best practices that will help you immensely if you’re trying to train

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The Highly Sensitive Leader

Are you sensitive to your environment, process things deeply, have a rich inner life, and vivid dreams? Are you conscientious, highly intuitive, or exquisitely aware of light, noise, pain, and others’ emotions?  Do you thrive best in low stimulating environments?  Are you constantly being told that you are too sensitive or take things too personally?

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Special Message From Monique

I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the racial crisis happening at this moment. I do not have the perfect words right now, only feelings.  As a trauma survivor, having experienced a different form of injustice, what I am feeling is a horrendously painful reminder of my past.  A past filled with horrors that

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Psychological Safety is a Key Component to Building Better Teams

According to Amy Edmondson, a Harvard Business School professor who coined the term Psychological Safety, “Psychological safety is a belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes.” In 2008, Google initiated Project Oxygen, a study about what makes a great manager.  In 2015, Google then

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Leveraging a Crisis to Build Resilience

Most exemplary leaders have worked on soft skills, emotional intelligence, management techniques, and have taken feedback to heart.  If you’ve been coached by me you’ve learned to use those skills to solve problems, put out fires, conduct difficult conversations, and reduce or increase staff. When a crisis happens, most leaders think they are not prepared.  I beg

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Assess Your Promotion Readiness

If you’ve found that your climb up the corporate ladder has stalled it is probably time to be more proactive.  Hiring managers are more selective than ever when it comes to handing out promotions.  However, with careful planning there is a lot you can do to control the outcome.  You may very well have all

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