Leadership Effectiveness: Keep Teaming During The Holidays

Leadership Effectiveness: Leadership-Effectiveness-Keep-Teaming-During-The-Holidays

Holiday time is a high stress time. During the holidays, people get distracted, have greater demands on their time on both the personal and professional fronts; they might be partying too much, some are traveling to places they could not go last year, many are depressed or are just very tired by now—in other words,…

Executive Vitality™: Quick and Easy Stress Relief

Executive Vitality™: Quick and Easy Stress Relief

Thanksgiving is over.  We hope it was restful and rejuvenating.  For some people, Thanksgiving can be stressful and for many, holiday stress is just beginning. WebMD published a set of stress-relief tips entitled How to Feel Better in Less Than 15 Minutes.  You might think these are ordinary things that everybody knows to do –…

Leadership Effectiveness: Don’t Be Rigidly Flexible

Leadership Effectiveness: Don't Be Rigidly Flexible

The pandemic has taught us a lot, not least of which—from an organizational standpoint—is that a company can continue to conduct business, and thrive and grow, even when all employees are not physically at the workplace at all times, or in some cases, if none of them are. The demand for flexible work arrangements predates…

Executive Vitality™: Restorative Holidays

Executive Vitality™: Restorative Holidays

The holidays are coming—they are fast upon us. For many – if not most people – it is important to prepare mentally, physically, and emotionally to avoid stress and maximize your holiday time as a time of connection, relaxation, renewal, and celebration.  Here are six suggestions we believe will help you do that: Only travel…

Leadership Effectiveness: Why and How to Boost Diversity

Leadership Effectiveness: Why and How to Boost Diversity

Enabling diversity is a key capability of a highly effective leader. Diversity does not mean only racial diversity.  Diversity of thought, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, age, personality, and outlook are all needed.  High levels of organizational diversity are leading indicators of high levels of creativity, flexibility, and innovation.  Here are some examples of research findings…

Executive Vitality™: Me First

Executive Vitality™: Me First

To avoid crisis and burnout, put yourself first on your calendar. Have you given up your “me-time” in the past 18 months to take care of others? Many people have, and this exacts a very high price on health as well as on one’s ability to lead. Many are feeling overwhelmed with the pressures of…

Leadership Effectiveness: Situational Dialogue

Leadership Effectiveness: Situational Dialogue

You can be sure that each member of your team is being affected by the continuing pandemic, economic uncertainty, family and social disruption, and unasked for/unwanted changes to many activities, from shopping to gatherings with friends to entertainment to… you name it. Each team member, because of their specific circumstances and mental and emotional constitution,…

Executive Vitality™: Playing the Long Game

Executive Vitality™: Playing the Long Game

“The future depends on what we do in the present.” – Mahatma Gandhi We all generally agree that a business needs to have a vision, mission, values, and a strategic plan to ensure goals are met. Individuals have an analogous need. What is your personal (or executive) vitality strategic plan? Life is challenging at present…

Leadership Effectiveness: Becoming Self-aware

Leadership Effectiveness: Becoming Self-aware

Self-awareness is an important foundation of effective leadership. Can self-awareness be learned? As an executive coach, I am optimistic that it can be learned. What does it even mean to be self-aware? Self-awareness, according to Oxford Dictionaries, is having “conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires.” Taken further, self-awareness is about understanding…

Executive Vitality™: Mental Health During the Pandemic

Executive Vitality™: Mental Health During the Pandemic

Protecting and caring for your mental health, and that of your employees, is extremely important today. Let’s face it, the past 16 months have been incredibly challenging. At EXCN, we provide executive coaching for leaders all over the world—South Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Canada and, of course, the United States. Regardless of the geography,…

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