We live and work in a world that is increasingly complex, multi-layered, full of uncertainty, and in a state of constant change. This world makes extraordinary demands on us and our organizations. The challenge is to find a balance between effectiveness in producing results and developing future capability, while maintaining a sense of well-being.

I work with individual leaders and organizations who respond to the challenge by asking themselves: What do we need to learn or change to ensure that we are functioning optimally? They recognize that the answer to this question is not simply about effectiveness. Rather, it is about creating a context that allows everyone to develop and thrive - professionally and personally.

Through executive and leadership development coaching, transition and personal growth coaching, and through creating programs and learning experiences for groups, I help individuals and organizations reach more of their potential for optimal functioning.

How to prepare for the future of work

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One of the most thought-provoking books focusing on the future of work on my bookshelf (or to be more honest, in the big pile of books on the floor next to my desk!) is Lynda Grattons’ The Shift:The Future of Work is Already Here. This is a very practical book on the future reality of […]

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10 signs that you’re great communicator

Here are three simple basic truths about communication: Communication effectiveness is crucial for leadership, team and organizational success. Communication is hard to get right and easy to get wrong. Dealing with communication “mishaps” can be very costly and frustrating. Given these simple truths, it is not surprising that enhancing communication effectiveness is high on the […]

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How you can cultivate a better brain: Eight strategies everyone can use

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Our brains change based on what we as their owners choose to do. London cabbies, violinists, dancers, meditators: in each case their repeated practice of certain behaviors show up in their brains. This is good news for us. It means that through deliberate, proactive practice we can change the way we think and behave. By […]

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How to cultivate a better brain

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If you’re reading this, I am willing to bet that your brain and mind are your most important assets. It is our brains that allow us to create value through creative thinking, connecting with others, solving problems, and more. Success – and happiness – all depend on how we use our brains. So brain care […]

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Learning, teaching, and comfort (or discomfort)

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“There’s no learning in the comfort zone, and no comfort in the learning zone.” A colleague with whom I worked with on a recent project reminded me of this saying. It really resonated for me over the past few weeks as I’ve been leaning quite far into the learning zone and feeling the discomfort of […]

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Leadership Resilience Part 4: Five response strategies for dealing with mistakes and failure

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You cannot learn from your mistakes when the emphasis is on blaming – either yourself or others. You cannot learn to become more resilient when your energy is tied up in assigning or avoiding blame. Here are five concrete strategies that you can use to respond more wisely to mistakes and failures, so that you […]

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Leadership Resilience Part 3: Learn from mistakes

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“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” -Friedrich Nietzsche Failure is one of life’s most common traumas, yet people’s responses to it vary widely. Many managers have learned to reframe personal and departmental setbacks by stating: “There are no mistakes, only learning opportunities”—and it’s a great sentiment. In practice, however, their companies often […]

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Leadership Resilience Part 2: Watch your story

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Our ability to deal with failures and mistakes depends on our resilience – our ability to bounce back and adapt when things go wrong, to pick ourselves up when we stumble and fall, and even grow through the experience. When something happens to us, we create a story to explain it. Sometimes we speak our […]

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Available NOW! The Leadership Coach’s Advantage: A Guide for Practice Melinda Sinclair and Dorothy Greenaway are internationally recognized and sought after coaches and workshop leaders, who bring a special kind of magic to their leadership development work. They share some of this magic in The Leadership Coach’s Advantage™: A Guide for Practice. Get your copy […]

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Leadership Resilience Part 1: Bouncing back when things go wrong

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“Some of the most important and insightful learning is far more likely to come from failures than from success.” –Former Procter & Gamble CEO A.G. Lafley, interviewed in Harvard Business Review (April 2011) Given the choice, we would all likely prefer not to fail and not to make mistakes. Most of us worry about “what […]

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