leadership

Focus on the benefits of having constructive conversations around disagreements and conflicts

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The power of disagreement and conflict – Part 3 Be unwilling to accept the opportunity costs associated with not having these conversations skillfully. Even while most of us are uncomfortable with the challenge of conversations involving disagreement and conflict, we also recognize the potential benefit of having such conversations skilfully. Quite simply: some conversations involving […]

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Discomfort with disagreement is not a character flaw!

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The power of disagreement and conflict – Part 2 Accept that your discomfort with disagreement is not a character flaw – it is just your brain doing its thing. Rather learn to use the discomfort as energy to hone your ability to engage skillfully in such conversations. It is easy to explain why conversations involving […]

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Conversations that leverage the creative power of disagreements

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The power of disagreement & conflict – Part 1 “In great teams conflict becomes productive. The free flow of conflicting ideas and feelings is crucial; for creative thinking, for discovering new solutions no one individual would have come to on its own.” Peter Senge. How do you feel about conversations that involve disagreements, difference of […]

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Leading with intention and compassion

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In a previous post I referenced Tony Schwartz’ post (here on HBR.org) on leaders cultivating mindfulness to deal with their crazy busy world. One of these leaders is Bill Ford, Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company. The video offers some powerful leadership lessons – on how to stay on purpose in the face of challenge, […]

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Leaders using mindfulness to manage their crazy, busy world

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Frenetic. Chaotic. Relentless busy. Pressured. Words like these describe the outer world many of us work and live in. In many cases the forces combining to create this world are outside of our control. The best we can do is to somehow engage constructively with the seemingly impossible. That is, if we cannot change the […]

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Conversations can create climate shifts

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During team coaching sessions and leadership development workshops I often get a close-up look at the dynamics of the interactions and conversations in a team. Sometimes the team is a shining example of respectful, appreciative connections and collaborative conversations that create learning, new solutions, and focused action. Just recently I was fortunate to work with […]

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Behaviours that discourage conversation

One of the key themes that emerge without fail when I work with leadership groups on the quality of their conversations is quite simple:“If we have more conversations, we will work better together.” In feedback to leaders, this is also one of the persistent themes: “Talk more with us. Have more conversations with us.” With […]

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Mastering the Big C Shift

When talking to leaders and leadership teams about the ways in which the world of work and leadership have changed, I like to play with the idea of the “big C-Shift”. Quite simply, you can capture the essence of the change many leaders and organizations are struggling with by using only words starting with the […]

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