Our Founding Fathers Were Everyday Leaders

It’s the fourth of July weekend and I am thinking about the leaders that led to us celebrating this holiday 235 years later. When we think about those men and women we think of them as great leaders…Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Abigail Adams…and they were. But they were also ordinary people. They worked hard as farmers, they were business entrepreneurs and they leveraged their individual creativity. They had family problems, got enmeshed in small town politics and had their “buttons pushed,” just like the rest of us.

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Helping You Reach New Heights

Martin Seligman in his new book Flourish says, “Human beings, ineluctably, want meaning and purpose in life.” The Meaningful Life, according to Seligman, involves “belonging to and serving something that you believe is bigger than yourself.”

In my coaching practice I promise to “help you to reach new heights.” By this I mean, new heights in your career and your personal life. It is my belief that reaching new heights involves achieving what Seligman describes as a “Meaningful Life.” When people understand their purpose in life, they are able to align their values with their efforts at work and at home, which allows them to make contributions that are important, or as Seligman says, to things that are “bigger than yourself.”

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Team Work: How We Need Each Other

When working in teams, many of us have the opportunity to lead groups in an effort to bring a task to completion. Within this role of leader there are dangers of misrepresenting ourselves as “bossy” or as a “know-it-all”. Though the role of leader deliberately requires that we have a vision and are able to clearly manage your team in bringing ideas to reality—it also requires that we are relatable and are viewed as one of the team, not above the team.

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Think of Yourself as a Leader of Your Life, Not Just at Work

Everyone can be a Leader 24/7 I believe that everyone is a leader-not just those that have a fancy title. “In a world that is changing as rapidly as this one, we need to think differently about leadership,” says Susan Collins, author of Our Children Are Watching: Ten Skills for Leading the Next Generation to…

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What Leaders Should Do When Times Are Tough

What leaders frequently forget in their zeal to be prudent and careful is that “the wisdom of crowds” applies within their own organization. Instead of narrowing the circle they rely on, they should be widening it. James Surowiecki in his book, The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations, explains that a diverse collection of independently-deciding individuals is likely to make certain types of decisions and predictions better than individuals or even experts!

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Appreciation and Happiness Begin With “Thank You”

A simple “Thank You” makes you happier, healthier and makes your organization run better, too. Being appreciative and cultivating gratitude is something that you should be working on year-round not just during the holidays. Make a commitment that being appreciative and cultivating gratitude will be an ongoing activity for you and your organization.

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