"What's Love Got To Do With It?"

Are love and leadership good bedmates? To answer that question, I'd like to take you on an exploration from a conversation I had with a client. These notes were captured by a listener on the call. The names have been changed because the situation is universal.

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Posted on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 11:25AM by Registered CommenterJan Smith | Comments Off | EmailEmail

Transcending Midlife Crisis: Is this all there is?

A looming and recurring concern I hear from clients is, "What now?" What do I do with the 2nd half of my life?".

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Posted on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 11:29AM by Registered CommenterJan Smith | Comments Off | EmailEmail

Developing Mastery in Leadership: Creating the Future You Want

Reflecting on what some of my clients are facing, I am both moved by the nature of the circumstances and struck by the universality of concerns. The founder of a small business learned that her business partner was maneuvering to take over the company and turn the staff against her. Through the help of excellent coaching and a lot of courage, she decided to stay and take decisive action, but without denigrating the other person. To her credit, she is looking at what she did and didn't do that contributed to the dynamics at play.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 10:00AM by Registered CommenterJan Smith | Comments Off | EmailEmail

Speaking Your Authentic Voice With Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere

What does it mean to speak your authentic voice in any situation? Here's my definition - it's the ability to recognize and name your real concerns and needs underneath the presenting issues of any situation, while also listening in partnership to hear another's real concerns and needs, in order to find genuine solutions that will work for each person.

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Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 11:35AM by Registered CommenterJan Smith | Comments Off | EmailEmail

Overwhelm: Avoid Being Sucked Into A Whirlpool Of Commitments!

Life is full of pressing responsibilities. Often our focus in living becomes how to satisfy, satisfy, satisfy the many commitments that we have made (to ourselves and others) in the name of achievement. We get caught up in tasks and drift from the clarity of living passionately centered in what truly matters. Would we be so prone to over-committing ourselves if we were firmly rooted in the core of a purpose-driven life? When I get caught up in the completion of my self-important checklist of commitments, demanding that I have what I want when I want it, I often forget to care how it fits with my higher purpose, with others' commitments, and with the conditions of my life.

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Posted on Sunday, January 1, 2006 at 11:38AM by Registered CommenterJan Smith | Comments Off | EmailEmail
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