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The Surprising Benefits of Conflict

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Many people dread conflict and actively avoid situations that might be conflict prone. Unfortunately, this is nearly impossible if you want to be successful at work. Fortunately, there are some surprising benefits of conflict. Think of a time you got in an argument with a romantic partner. Remember how the conflict was horrible while you were in the middle of it. But once you resolved [...]

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Collaboration and Shared Leadership

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The state of public education today is a hot topic. On any day, you can hear about how our education system is failing, outmoded, outdated, behind the times and generally terrible. There is constant conversation about how to fix this broken system and not a lot of agreement on the best approach. In North Carolina, a program called A+ Schools [...]

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Authenticity

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You might wonder what authenticity has to do with starting or growing a business? Authenticity creates trust. And investors have to trust you to give you money. Employees have to trust you to even hire on in the first place and then follow your lead. It will probably even be hard to get started if people don’t trust you. Would [...]

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The Fish Starts Thinking From the Head

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  What does that mean? Take a look at this brief interview clip as Christian Rommel, former CSO, Intellikine uses this German phrase to describe the value of leadership development. Enjoy!           Be sure to view all of my interviews with Christian for candid, leadership insight. Leading From Center Profiles in Leadership Success – Executive Coaching [...]

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Break the Cycle of Habitual Thinking and Speaking

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Our words speak our truth in more ways than we realize. And it’s not just our spoken words but what we are continually saying to ourselves in our mind, as well. Our speaking, internal and external, makes visible our thinking and our thinking creates our perceived reality. We then make decisions based on our perceptions, often reinforcing our thinking and [...]

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People Skills: Required for Growth.

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Now lots of you in the startup world have a high IQ. And yes. Being really smart helps a lot, especially when you’re starting a business. IQ is not enough though, to grow a business. What’s essential for growing a business is emotional intelligence. Growth requires managing relationships – Board, investors, team. It requires handling conflict, sometimes nasty ones. It [...]

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Executive Coaching: Creativity in Disguise

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Yesterday, the San Francisco Chronicle featured an article about Stanford Professor Tina Seelig. Professor Seelig, a 30 year engineering prof and Executive Director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program is a creativity guru. Not only does she teach a class on Creativity and Innovation at the “d school” (Stanford’s Design School), she has delivered that class free online to 41,000 [...]

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Success Traits of Entrepreneurs: Persistence

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The average startup takes more than 7 years to a liquidity event and has at least 3 pivots. A few years ago I saw an article in the OC Metro Magazine giving awards to the best new companies in Orange County. When I read about the individual companies, not one of them was in business less than 10 years. And [...]

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Get A Coach!

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This Inc article by Brian Evje discusses how difficult it is to develop your leadership capacity by yourself. Virtually every high level leader has a coach these days. Not just because it’s a fad but because a neutral, outside view is required to identify the blind spots it is so difficult for us to see ourselves. This same neutral party [...]

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Collaboration in the Workplace-We Practice What We Preach

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Guest Blog by Susan Lightner, COO, Leading From Center It’s difficult enough to get a job these days and then, when you do, you are now dealing with different personalities, styles and strengths in your co-workers.  Taking time to learn how others work and in what areas they excel, then blending your strengths with theirs makes for a collaborative workplace. [...]

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