Development Stages and Effective Leader-Managers

Development Stages and Effective Leader-Managers

Developmental theories have been around for decades based on 50 years of psychological research into how adults mature. How are developmental stages applied to leader-managers? How do leader-managers grow into more effective levels of maturity, wisdom and agility? Organizational psychologists have since applied the basic tenets to leadership development. Read further to learn about their conclusions and the affect on leader-manager effectiveness and peak performance.

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Agility and Resilience: The Urgent Need to Grow Better Leaders

Agility and Resilience: The Urgent Need to Grow Better Leaders

Currently, few leadership-development initiatives are addressing the inner game: how leaders perceive, find meaning, make decisions, and handle complexities. However, accredited executive coaches have been preparing for this shift over the evolution of executive and leadership coaching. The shift is from transactional and situational coaching toward coaching the essence of leaders and appreciating developmental-stages theory.

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Leaders Growing Up in a Complex World - Introduction to 5 Development Leadership Stages

Leaders Growing Up in a Complex World - Introduction to 5 Development Leadership Stages

At the higher stages of development, leaders become more successful and their businesses enjoy greater results. With increased leadership effectiveness, there’s a 38% probability of seeing higher business performance, according to a study from The Leadership Circle. A 38% leverage is well beyond most companies’ profit margins, hence developing capable leaders must be a priority.

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The Myth of Work-Life Balance Just Won't Go Away

The Myth of Work-Life Balance Just Won't Go Away

I recently spoke on a panel about the myth of work-life balance. I have been spreading the word since 2005 that there is no such thing as work-life balance. We have been sold a bill-of-goods similar to other career and life cliches such as "you can have it all". I thought this myth would finally fade with growing collective wisdom. But, it keeps rearing it's head. Hence, the need to readdress the myth especially with recent comments by Marissa Mayer (Google fame) that the 130 hour workweek is required for success. Anyone feeling guilty? 

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Your Strengths are the Key to Peak Performance

Your Strengths are the Key to Peak Performance

Peak performance cannot be achieved without getting intimate with your strengths, nurturing those strengths, and using your strengths wisely and strategically aligned with your goals.

Self-knowledge is essential. Do you know your strengths? Do you spend time considering how to best use your strengths? No one will manage your career if you don’t. If you truly want to develop personal passion for your work or re-ignite your passion during mid-career malaise or as you return to work after cancer or other critical illness, ask yourself four critical questions:

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Rinse and Repeat - A Midlife-Crisis Narrative

Rinse and Repeat - A Midlife-Crisis Narrative

Hearing the phrase “midlife crisis” evokes the cliché of a successful man, between 40 and 55, who wakes up one day and decides he’s been chasing all the wrong things: his career, family, wife, car, and possessions. Nothing provides him with the satisfaction he craves. He demands more. Years later, after making some drastic changes, he finds himself with the same unfulfilled yearnings. Rinse and repeat. 

Roughly a quarter of Americans report experiencing a midlife crisis. 

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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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When Your Drive is Going Nowhere, Engage Your Values

When Your Drive is Going Nowhere, Engage Your Values

Do you feel like you have come to a crossroad or worse, hit a dead end in your business or career? Have you lost your MOJO? Perhaps you have lost direction and drive because of setbacks. Perhaps you are returning to work after personal crisis or critical illness. Here is a suggestion to help rekindle your drive: 

Reconnect with your values. Every time you walk into your office, whenever you chat with a client or a colleague, and even when completing routine tasks like paperwork. Remind yourself: “This is why I am here.” This is no time for auto-pilot or cruise control.

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Re-Ignite Your MOJO. Make Your Work More Meaningful and Fascinate the World Around You

Re-Ignite Your MOJO. Make Your Work More Meaningful and Fascinate the World Around You

Many executives are concerned about losing their passion at some point in their career. The concern can be attributed to a midlife crisis or can be a result of a personal or professional setback such as a critical illness or a loss followed by a less than positive return-to-work experience. Often the default decision of changing jobs, switching careers, or starting a new business appears to be the only way out, but caution is wise in these uncertain times. Before you jump ship, read further.....

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Help! I lost my MOJO.

Help!  I lost my MOJO.

I often hear clients and colleagues talk about their waning interest in their careers or their businesses. In fact, 75 percent of them struggle with mid-career issues or return-to-work challenges. I often hear, "I can't seem to find my passion."  I have also heard "I feel like I have lost my mojo" or "I don't feel a fit anymore."

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