Monthly Archives: January 2022


The importance of probing questions.

As leaders, we always want to ask open-ended questions that inspire dialogue and eliminate tension. Here are some strategies to use when asking probing questions. The bridge before the question: "Help me understand." "I'm curious; please share with me...." "Could you tell me more?" The questions designed for the current situation: "What are all the possible solutions you can think of?" "What is stopping you from reaching that?" "What resources could you tap into to help you?" "Who may be affected by this decision?" The questions designed for the past: "Give me some background; how did you arrive at that?" "What have you tried?" (not have you tried A, B, or C) "What do you think went wrong or happened?" The questions designed [...]

By |2023-03-08T01:49:23+00:00January 31st, 2022|Coaching, Development|0 Comments

Look for opportunities to lead from the front.

There are three types of leaders: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who scratch their heads, stare out the window, and wonder, “ What Happened?” Hopefully, we are leaders who make it happen. As a reminder, we must engage with our people often. I am not referring to anything that resembles micro-managing. However, I recommend you keep your finger on the pulse of the needs and wants of your people. That is where you will find the opportunities to lead them. As you may know, a constant awareness of what needs to do, and the energy to make it happen is essential for every leader. Remember, you cannot maintain or build a healthy culture [...]

By |2022-01-25T21:03:57+00:00January 26th, 2022|Coaching, Leadership|0 Comments

The one job no leader should delegate: having the right people, in the right place. 

There are so many things we can’t control – from the economy, supply chain challenges, actions of competitors, and those are to name a few. If our people are our most important asset, we need to pay careful attention to the one thing we can control– the quality of our people. This is especially true for leadership positions. As leaders, we can get caught up in strategy, operations, current people issues, and the business of every day. I have been guilty of this numerous times and failed to pay more attention to who we selected. I realized that the best competitive advantage we had was the quality of our people, and that is our differentiator. Some of you reading this [...]

By |2022-01-22T16:32:41+00:00January 19th, 2022|Development, Leadership|0 Comments

Inspirations from others.

Last week I shared some of my beliefs that have helped shape my leadership career. Hopefully, you found value in how they may apply to your life. This week I am sharing some quotes by others I have found useful in my coaching work. They have become reminders for me to stay curious and keep listening. Questions are powerful in bringing out the truth. "It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen," Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. "Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why?" Bernard Baruch "The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions." Claude Levi-Strauss "People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discover than by those which [...]

By |2022-01-22T16:23:19+00:00January 12th, 2022|Leadership|0 Comments

Some truths to apply to your daily life.

I wish you and your loved ones all the best health and happiness in the New Year. This week I would like to share some beliefs that have strengthened and guided me for years. Next week I will share some quotes from others who have influenced me. I hope that these truths and affirmations will guide you in the new year and for years to come. My Beliefs: Today do something where you will feel fulfilled, optimistic, and grateful. Strength comes from the struggle. Today’s struggle becomes tomorrow’s strength. You can make excuses, and you can make changes, but you can’t do both. A setback is a set-up for the comeback. You didn’t come this far, to come this far. Stop [...]

By |2022-01-22T16:04:20+00:00January 5th, 2022|Empowering|0 Comments
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