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  • Skye Book Review: Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes For An Answer – Michael Roberto

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    In Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes For An Answer, Professor Michael Roberto discusses and shows how to stimulate a culture of constructive conflict and dissent, and ensure a level of candor that results in better decisions, and more effective execution of those decision. The book provides a number of case studies based on well […]

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  • Trust: The foundation for an Ally Relationship

    During a recent keynote presentation the participant discussed one of the key themes from Cultivate: The Power of Winning Relationships – the ‘Four Yeses’, four critical questions that underpin every interaction, social and professional. The four questions are Can I count on you? Can I depend on you? Do I care about you? Do I trust […]

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  • Are you in the Knowing vs. Doing gap?

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    Question: There are four birds sitting on the deck… two decide to fly off.  How many birds are sitting on the deck? We teach a number of high impact classes, and as with most events there is an activity where participants are in groups of three, in this case one acts as the role of coach, […]

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  • 5 Do’s and Don’ts To Create Career Allies

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    How many hours a week do you spend at work with your colleagues? 40? 50? 60? How many hours a week do you spend with family and friends? My guess is that, like many of the leaders I work with, you spend more time with your co-workers than you do at home. It’s no wonder […]

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  • In a Funk? Here’s how to kick a ‘funny mood’.

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    “This is going to be art’s greatest moment since Mona Lisa sat down & told Leonardo da Vinci she was in a slightly odd mood.” – Edmund Blackadder, Blackadder Goes Forth, BBC I love Blackadder, and this quote has been pertinent as I’ve been in an ‘odd mood’ for a few weeks. I can’t put […]

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  • Virtual Team: 4 Questions to Identify your Allies Part 2

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    According to Morag Barrett, in the book Cultivate. The Power of Winning Relationships, there are four questions that can help identify if you are in an Ally relationship: Can I count on you? Can I depend on you? Do I care about you? Do I trust you? Last week I shared my suggestions for getting […]

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  • Have a wonderful end to 2017!

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  • Virtual Team: 4 Questions to Identify your Allies Part 1

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    Given the changing nature of the work environment, many of us are now working from home or are at the least part of a virtual team. This means that some (if not many) of our critical stakeholder relationships are remote. If we are losing face-to-face time, how can we create and maintain Ally relationships? My […]

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  • Gratitude is a Happiness Practice

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    There’s been a groundswell of work in the ‘positive psychology’ space lately. Researchers like Shawn Achor (Harvard) and Dan Gilbert (Harvard) are focused on happiness, and what actually triggers and drives happiness in humans. Achor’s Six Exercises for Happiness are grounded in gratitude, and show that these practices actually change the size of the neural pathways in the human brain! Practicing gratitude makes […]

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  • Gratitude, it’s not just for the holidays

    Do you regularly express gratitude? I mean, on purpose, and for little reason; as in, look someone in the eye and say, “Thank you for doing that.” I don’t do this nearly as often as I should, but have been paying a lot of attention to this space lately. I know, gratitude is a concept […]

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