Loss is an element of dynamic change

Loss is an element of dynamic change

Regardless of whether we initiate change or change is forced upon us, loss is an element of change that needs to be noted, respected, and acted upon. Failure to identify and be ready for the endings and losses that change produces is the largest single problem that we encounter in transition. No one foresees how people will be impacted by a change even when the change is an improvement. We all lament and experience a sense of loss for "what was" whether it's related to our personal life or related to our job.

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Lopsided leadership - When leaders' strengths fail

Lopsided leadership - When leaders' strengths fail

In the last decade, leadership development experts have enthusiastically pushed to improve leadership strengths instead of addressing leaders’ weaknesses. This approach may have some success in growing individuals’ effectiveness, but it’s fundamentally flawed. When overemphasized, strengths become overused. This post is the first in the series on Lopsided Leadership.

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The Wisdom of Mid-career Coaching

The Wisdom of Mid-career Coaching

Often at at this pivotal time of life, clinging to the status quo may, on the surface, appear to be a safer, mature choice. Nothing could be further from the truth. Redoubling your efforts to achieve happiness based on what drove you in the first half of life is foolish. Consider the metaphor of a bridge. If you stay on one side because of comfort of fear, you don't enjoy the benefits of the other side.

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The Search for What's Next and Who Am I Now?

The Search for What's Next and Who Am I Now?

“What’s next?” is one of life’s most worrisome questions. "What's next?" along with "Who am I now?" is something I hear from my clients. These two questions, alone or in unison, are main reasons to engage a coach who can help you set a solid personal foundation by evaluating or perhaps re-evaluating your cherished convictions, morals and guiding principles. A solid personal foundation will help you to maintain resilience. 

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Mid-Career U-Curve - Purpose-Driven Disruption

Mid-Career U-Curve - Purpose-Driven Disruption

Understanding the U-shaped "happiness" curve allows us to recognize midlife as challenging, yet ultimately gratifying. We are wise to resist judging ourselves harshly for feeling disappointed. We can avoid making bad decisions that potentially lead to midlife relationship breakups and career catastrophes. The other side of midlife offers opportunities to reassess without judgement.

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Mid-Career Challenges - Crisis or Opportunity?

Mid-Career Challenges - Crisis or Opportunity?

Have you ever had a fantasy where you quit your job and go do something new?  Many executives secretly admit to their coaches that they’re contemplating mid-career shifts. They may not actively seek change, but they certainly start imagining it. Regardless of your age, background, or professional accomplishments, you have probably dreamed about a new career at some point. Midlife is often a time when we re-evaluate our goals, aspirations, and what truly matters to us in life.  

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