Life’s Epiphanies

Running to build leadership confidence

Use Memory to Boost Self-Confidence

Self-confidence can be a game-changer for leaders, and so it comes up in Coaching. Followers expect to work with self-assured leaders. Confidence is different than a “know-it-all” attitude: It’s more about feeling strong in your abilities. In every workplace, it’s not just about what you know that demonstrates leadership –  it’s how confidently you lead when you don’t know.

For example, M. has taken on a new job, after being downsized from a 20-year career in a completely different industry.

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Leaders Don’t Ignore their own Anxiety

 

Anxiety surprises us by arriving unexpectedly. Perhaps you are put on a significant project, or your new boss hovers too much – maybe team members bring their angst to you or a major customer isn’t happy. All the things that make your job exciting and interesting can also become overwhelming. Don’t just ignore your anxiety and hope it will go away. Here are some ways a leader can stay on track and weather the period of distress.

  • Write it down –

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Widen your perspective: Take Puppy Breaks

Here’s what happened when I babysat a puppy lately. First, I learned to get my electric cords off the floor or risk them chewed right through! But the real lesson was in setting an alarm so I could take him outside.

Each hour my alarm sent me outside with the puppy for a few minutes. I didn’t take my phone because I had to watch to see if he “did his business”.

Here’s what I noticed:

  • The hours went by fast and soon I worked a little harder to be productive before the next alarm went
  • I sometimes stayed outside longer than puppy needed to – appreciating the fresh air and change of scenery
  • I stood more and sat less,

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New New Years Resolutions

We’ve all read the dismal statistics on the failure rate of keeping our New Year’s Resolutions. Want a change? Here’s some suggestions:

1. Create a New Habit for 2017: A habit must have these elements to be sustainable – be a specific actionable behaviour that you can fit into your every day life. A good way to build a new habit is to replace an old habit, and to use the “I used to do this” moment as the trigger to do the new behaviour.

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Too busy at work? Read this.

Here is a tale of two leaders: Leo is finding it hard to get home in time to see his young kids before they get to bed. Caprice is thinking about cancelling her vacation this summer, as her project has hit a snag and there will be some political fallout to manage. Perhaps you, in your own way, are struggling to manage the demands of your career with the rest of your life. Frightfully common, finding work/life balance is a coaching topic for many of my clients,

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