By Diane Dempster, Executive Coach ― Balance has come up for me a lot, lately. I remember watching my nine-year-old daughter learn to balance on her bike without training wheels. As a coach, I often work with clients who want more balance in their lives. As an entrepreneur, I have recently rediscovered my relationship with […]
By Andrew Jennings, CCO – We often find ourselves in groups that we might never have imagined when we started Transcend back in 2002, and we were recently fortunate enough to be a sponsor for the Creative Cities event in Huntsville. This annual fundraiser is held by a group of talented individuals who help decide what […]
By Linda DeLuca, Executive Coach – Continuous learning increases your professional value, engages your brain, and enriches your personal life. Most importantly, it strengthens your leadership impact. It’s the leverage you need to be a Fearless Leader. Go to your bookshelf and pull out one of your dusty college textbooks. Flip through the pages and consider: […]
By Laura Huckabee-Jennings, CEO – So, you’ve developed your strategic plan and have created a cascade for how it impacts every job in the company. Each employee has goals and a plan that contribute to the overall company goals. Everyone knows how to connect the dots. Now you can just relax and execute, right? Not so fast, […]
By Dana Gillis, Executive Coach — Before the possibilities of the fast-approaching new year unfold, business leaders are focused on reviewing organizational accomplishments of 2017 as well as its challenges. Most importantly, the question of “what’s next?” is being asked from corporate boardrooms to kitchen table tops of upstart business ventures. Crafting next year’s strategic plan, while […]
By Diane Dempster, Executive Coach ― It happens to most of us. Whether it’s strategic planning and moving forward with a big investment at work, or simply figuring out what color we want to paint our living room, normal feelings of indecision can come up and make it difficult for us to move forward. We get stuck. […]
By Andrew Jennings, CCO – August is proving to be a very busy month for the Transcend Team. As for me, I am preparing to deliver an eight-hour workshop, “Leaders Can’t Have a Bad Day.” The premise for this workshop is centered on the fact that, even when we reach the highest levels of leadership in […]
By Linda DeLuca, Executive Coach – The value of your leadership team’s time is more precious than ever in this time-starved, highly competitive world. You may be tempted to forgo the off-site strategic planning exercise in favor of an in-house, self facilitated meeting to save money . . . that would be a mistake. An outside […]
By Holli Salamone, Program Coordinator – We have all heard the familiar phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Unfortunately, many of us are guilty of doing this very thing, particularly when it concerns millennials. The millennial generation is soon to be the largest generation in the workplace. Therefore, it is inevitable that managers will interview […]
By Dana Gillis, Executive Coach – For the past several Fearless blog posts, we’ve focused our sights on strategic planning. The exploration started with using the power of storytelling to make your plan more compelling. Next was a roadmap of the strategic planning process, followed by a cautionary note on common strategic planning mistakes. You’ve now pulled […]
By Diane Dempster, Executive Coach ― Although the majority of companies have a strategic plan, there are some common strategic planning mistakes they make that, when adjusted, can move the organization to a higher level of performance and success. Here are four common mistakes organizations make in developing their strategic plan. Don’t just leave it on […]
By Andrew Jennings, CCO – In our last blog post, we started to look at strategy and how to connect your organization with its strategic plan through the art of crafting a good story. Obviously, strategy and strategic planning is a complex and varied topic. There is no shortage of advice and services to help craft the […]
By Linda DeLuca, Executive Coach – You and your leadership team have worked hard to develop a strong, fearless strategic plan. You’re next mission is to make sure each employee understands clearly where the organization is headed and how their daily activities contribute to its success. If you succeed, your organization will outperform the competition. Your […]
By John Mattone – Expert Inverview Series: Laura Huckabee-Jennings of Transcend About How Executive Coaching Can Help Build a ‘Fearless’ Leader *Note: This article first appeared as part of John Mattone’s Expert Interview Series Laura is the founder and CEO of Transcend, which helps senior leaders overcome barriers to sustainable business growth by getting the most […]
By Dana Gillis, Executive Coach – While conducting a leadership workshop on difficult conversations, Brooke spoke to course participants about a question she faced years ago that led to a series of critical discussions with her executive coach. It was a pivotal point in her leadership journey. At the end of the first coaching session with her […]
By Andrew Jennings, CCO – Each year we attend Wiley’s MindLab conference, which is always a useful and enlightening few days with 650 like-minded individuals. This year we had the pleasure of being in Atlanta for the 2017 partner conference. Wiley is the organization that not only publishes some of the most well known and influential business books, […]
By Andrew Jennings, CCO – We have all heard the expression “Having your ducks in a row.” Typically, the phrase is used to signify that everything is in order. This is imperative when finalizing the output of an initiative, whether it be a business development presentation, a new product roll-out, a board presentation, financial reporting, or any number […]
By Linda DeLuca, Executive Coach – When it comes to difficult conversations, step away from your email. Respect the importance of the conversation. Use the most personal way of communicating available. Crafting vs Delivering Messages Writing is my preferred method of communicating. It’s especially helpful when I need to have a difficult conversation with someone important to […]
By Laura Huckabee-Jennings, CEO – “If I have empathy for someone, how can I let them go or give them a poor performance review?” Often, empathy or other emotional intelligence skills are labeled as soft skills that make it hard for leaders to maintain distance from employees when they need to make hard business decisions. However, […]
By Dana Gillis, Executive Coach ― Mention the word “millennial” to a “baby boomer” manager in today’s workplace, and a predictable response might range from a heavy sigh to a furrowing of the brow. Today’s multi-generational workforce presents a unique challenge to today’s corporate leaders . . . or does it? What if business leaders decided to […]
By Diane Dempster, Executive Coach ― Nearly 75% of people in the United States report that they regularly experience the physical and psychological effects of stress. The annual costs to employers in stress related health care and missed work is $300 Billion. As a business leader, I can completely relate to this statistic, and I’m genuinely concerned. Can […]
By Andrew Jennings, CCO It’s January 2017 and by the time you read this, we may have already sworn in a new President of the United States―the 45th time this has happened in the country’s history. How is this relevant? Well, because it confirms that one of the only constants we have is change, which is something that seems […]
By Laura Huckabee-Jennings, CEO Happy New Year! A new year comes with renewed energy, new goals, and a new sense of possibility. We are always working to live up to the values and ideals we promote, and to start this year right, we undertook a feedback exercise of our own starting in December and continuing this […]
By Linda DeLuca, Executive Coach It’s time to put those well thought-out plans into action and give your team the productivity tools they need to make the coming year the most productive yet. How does the fearless leader choose productivity tools? Fearless leaders are open to trying new tools, but don’t get distracted by gimmicks. They […]
By Diane Dempster, Executive Coach “Help! I’m too busy to do my 2017 planning!” Okay. We all know the importance of strategic planning and it’s December, right? So it’s the “perfect” time to review, regroup, and revise our strategy as an organization. In fact, most large companies have annual strategic planning processes that align with the organization’s missions […]
By Dana Gillis, Executive Coach When a challenge presents itself, where do you turn for answers? Do you listen to your gut? Your inner voice? How about your heart? Maybe a better question to ask is, “Who has your ear?” Challenges Will Always Exist As a leader, you will always face challenges, both great and small. Some […]
By Laura Huckabee-Jennings, CEO and Andrew Jennings, CCO 2016 has been quite a year for us at Transcend―with two awards under our belt, an expanded team and a new office, it has certainly been exciting. But that’s not all. We were recently accepted into the family of B Corporations. Certified B Corporations® are leaders of a global […]
By Linda DeLuca, Executive Coach If you research the definition of success you will most likely find results related to achieving wealth, position, or honors. You and I both know intellectually that success is not only about achieving fame or fortune. However our day to day behaviors show the opposite of our intellectual awareness. We make […]
By Laura Huckabee-Jennings, CEO When an organization reaches a tipping point of growth, most leaders wonder how to scale the culture they have built as they add additional people, and possibly layers of management or new locations or functions. The established culture may break or change as new people, structure and process are added to the mix […]
By Dana Gillis, Executive Coach Fall is finally here!!!! I for one get very excited when this time of year rolls around. Football, fall colors, cooler weather, and did I mention FOOTBALL?!?!?!?!? One thing many leaders do during this season is to take stock of the road traveled and make plans for the approaching new year. […]
By Diane Dempster, Executive Coach One of the most valuable exercises in leadership coaching is when the coach and the client take out the magnifying glass and really look at what’s going on with a situation; bringing in some transparency. Through more holistic exploration (let’s even call it “holographic”) we learn much more about what the […]
By Andrew Jennings, CCO We are very lucky in the work we get to do with our customers, constantly helping them achieve extraordinary results and build companies with long reaching impact for their customers and employees. Whether it be building High Performing Teams, greater depth of Leadership or Strategic Planning, one thing remains constant: it’s the […]
By Linda DeLuca, Executive Coach Does your organization suffer from the impacts of working in silos? You know, the barriers that develop between the functional departments of an organization? Silos cause poor communication, conflicting direction, redundancy, and less than optimal decision making. Though barriers can develop in the systems and processes we create, it’s the individual […]
By Laura Huckabee-Jennings, CEO Is your week filled with meetings, huddles, stand-ups and project group get-togethers? Staff meetings, feedback meetings, customer meetings? For many of us, we spend so much of our work week speaking and listening and working toward consensus, that we have little or no time to do the work that needs to be […]
By Dana Gillis, Executive Coach News reports of the recent police-involved shootings, resultant protests and retaliatory targeting of police officers for the actions of “bad actors” within the profession, have cast a pall upon what has traditionally been viewed as a noble vocation. With all of the disconcerting news focused on the field of law enforcement, […]
By Diane Dempster, Executive Coach Why You Can’t (Really) Solve Problems When You Are In Crisis One of the most interesting revelations as a leadership company is that a large number of our new clients first come to us when they are in crisis. The last straw has been dropped and they have to “do something” […]
By Andrew Jennings, CCO Summertime is here again–which means family vacations and children out of school for the summer. For those in education, the summer means a lot of preparation for the next school year. It won’t be long before everyone is back in the classroom and trying to remember what it was they learned before […]
By Linda DeLuca, Executive Coach Are You a ‘Stick-In-The-Mud?’ Gerald has been successful in his position as a regional sales manager, but in the past few years he’s been having trouble keeping up with coworkers. As one of the more tenured employees, newer managers often come to him to get the history of the business. But […]
By Laura Huckabee-Jennings, CEO Recently, I had the privilege of speaking to a group of young women at the Starfish Foundation’s PowHERful conference in Birmingham, Alabama. These women are in college or getting ready to apply to college, and come from backgrounds that make it a little harder to succeed in college. I spoke to them […]
By Dana Gillis, Executive Coach Ahhhhhhhhh! I love that new office smell! During a recent move into new office space, my mind turned to thoughts of change. Our change in location made me think about the impact of all kinds of change upon leaders and organizations. When an organization is successful, change is often the farthest thing […]
By Diane Dempster, Executive Coach They make it look so easy, don’t they? Those people who move life forward effortlessly. Firmly decisive in all they do, taking risks left and right, throwing care to the wind as they act fearless. Maybe you are one of those people. If so, I applaud your bravery. And maybe, like me, […]
By Andrew Jennings, CCO The beauty of the conversations we have with both current and prospective customers is that we get to learn about the many successes and challenges they share, and recognize patterns that emerge along the way. Poor Communication is the Root of Many Problems An observation we often share is how interpersonal conflict, […]
By Dana Gillis, Executive Coach Watching the NCAA Basketball tournament made me think about the word team and what it means to be a coach or leader. As teams (and my bracket) collapsed, I recalled the old trope, “there is no ‘I’ in T-E-A-M.” As tournament play progressed and I turned that phrase about, I realized […]
By Laura Huckabee-Jennings, CEO We connected with talented people and new ideas earlier this month at MindLab48 in San Antonio, Texas, in addition to speaking there on a panel for high-growth companies. I thought I’d share some of what we learned – both from other speakers, and from participants. What is MindLab48? MindLab48 is an annual conference […]
By Linda DeLuca, Executive Coach Susan and Ron often experienced friction in their conversations and this time was no different. She walked into the room with her jaw clenched and a determination to get her way at all costs. Ron, already seated, didn’t acknowledge Susan as she entered, but rather, was engrossed in the quality reports. […]
By Diane Dempster, Executive Coach It may not be what you think. It’s not something highly visionary or strategic, but rather simple and relatively tactical. AND it can be one of the most powerful questions you can ask…transforming your work, your team, and your role as a leader. Are you ready? Am I the right one […]
By Andrew Jennings, CCO Charles Darwin once said; “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, but the most adaptable.” This quote, I feel, has particular significance in business. Adaptability is everything – look at brands like Blackberry, once the powerhouse of handheld communication, but slow to adapt to market demands and new competitors. The speed of […]
By Linda DeLuca, Executive Coach Ever find yourself in a leadership situation and felt in over your head? As Laura mentioned in her post, What’s in your leadership bucket?, growing as a leader includes both training and development – filling the bucket and expanding the bucket. When you find yourself in over your head, it’s a sign you need to […]
By Laura Huckabee-Jennings, CEO Our clients often ask us to help them develop leaders and then, in the next breath, they will tell us about a group of newly-promoted supervisors who need to learn how to make the transition from peer to supervisor. While training and development are complementary activities, and both have value, they […]
By Dana Gillis, Executive Coach David Ogilvy, the original Don Draper, came up with a list of “10 Things to Look for In a Leader.” Traits listed were, charisma; a capacity for hard work; guts under pressure – resilience in defeat; creativity; courage; a sense of humor; brilliance; being big without being petty and the ability […]
By Diane Dempster, Executive Coach You work hard through the week, as a change agent, innovator, influencer; guiding your team and/or organization towards its’ strategic mission and goals. But what to do when the weekend comes – when the whistle blows at 5pm on Friday? (Or later if you are like most of us!) It’s easy […]
By Andrew Jennings, CCO “Success isn’t scary!” I hear you cry, and for some it isn’t. However, think about this for a moment: what is preventing you from taking the next big step, either at work or in your personal life? When we ask this question of business leaders, they can quickly reel off a […]
By Linda DeLuca, Executive Coach Every day is a new opportunity to become a Fearless Leader. Whether you are leading your own work, or the work of your entire organization, how you start the morning can have an impact on the rest of the day. What do fearless people do upon waking up in the […]
Leadership is a habit, not knowledge you can get from a book. It is a daily practice that you cultivate, hone and refresh. Fearless leaders share a few core practices that make them truly great “Fearless Leaders” (and I’ve included links to related articles if you want to know more): Daily Exercise. Let’s face it, […]
How often have you had an employee or colleague who was not performing, missed deadlines, or had a really annoying work style, and you avoided giving that person feedback? Have you kept someone even though they were clearly not performing in their role? You are not alone. We often avoid these difficult conversations to give […]
Many people are fans of the famous “Getting Things Done” series of books and workshops on time management, and there are lots of very powerful tools in that methodology to be certain. Quite apart from actually getting things done, many of us have more things to get done than we have hours in the day. […]
Have you ever wished you could learn a new skill or get better at something? Or even change a habit? It’s usually hard, and you can make it easier. Smart researchers in business, academia and the military are working to enhance learning, performance and creativity. They have uncovered some important brain patterns and thought structures […]
By Laura Huckabee-Jennings, CEO – One of the most interesting comments I hear from clients is, “Well, I said and did the right things. Does it matter what I thought or felt?” This is often a response to digging into the internal dialogue about a given event or person. The client knows how to behave professionally, and […]
So you’ve made it past the interviews, the reference checks, the negotiation, and now you’re in that dream job. How to make the most of a new start? How will you set yourself (and your team) up for success? In any new organization, there is a learning curve. I’ve seen executives approach this in a […]
The Stories We Tell To make sense of the world around us, we create stories or mental models that explain how the world works. We then invest ourselves in the truth of those stories, even when they no longer serve us. To illustrate this at work, here is a story from one of my recent […]
Think about that person or project that frustrates you. Do you have something or someone specific in mind? Great. Now what if you didn’t have to be frustrated? Not by changing that project or person, but by making a different choice about how to think. Attitudes and Mindsets are Strong Influencers The difference between being […]
While it is critical that Fearless Leadership begin with the most senior leaders who can model the practices and lead the way, the principles, behaviors and frameworks for thinking about leadership, strategy and culture work best when they are embraced by everyone in an organization. Fearless Leadership needs to be implemented in all layers of […]
Our last blog post looked at developing greater skills in Leading Self – leaders should also apply those concepts or skills to teams and organizations. To build great teams, leaders must truly understand how great teams differ from good teams, and apply Fearless Leadership principles to elicit greatness from their teams. We recommend starting with […]
To become stronger as a leader, executives and managers need a complete picture of both the core personal assets they possess as well as how they are currently using those assets to achieve results. Leading Self is one of the two major components of Fearless Leadership and it is fundamental to building capacity on all levels. […]
High Performing Organizations The volume of high quality work an organization can produce or lead (the capacity of an organization) is derived directly from the capacity of each individual to perform and lead, as well as from the structures, processes and culture of the organization. High performing organizations work on both technical competencies and the […]
Business as usual? We think not! Today’s marketplace is fueled by change. The need for leadership to create sustainable competitive advantage is growing. Leaders need to help organizations compete and grow effectively, not only by embracing change and responding creatively to it, but by finding opportunities to create positive change to spark innovation and growth. […]
Our clients are smart. Smarter than us about their business. They know their industry and organization better than us. And they usually have deep experience in their areas of expertise. And yet they still feel deeply challenged by the changing environment in which they find themselves. Many of them struggle, their organizations languish or careen […]
During an interview for Fortune Magazine, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos revealed how he keeps his meetings productive. Here is what he had to say: “We have study hall at the beginning of our meetings. The traditional kind of corporate meeting starts with a presentation. Somebody gets up in front of the room and […]
Drawing from Patrick Lencioni’s work in Death by Meeting, there are specific meeting formats that we find to be very effective. Lencioni says that, “most meetings lack context and purpose.” There are four distinct meetings that teams should have on a regular basis: Daily 5 Minute Stand Up – This is often the most difficult […]
An often forgotten part of a meeting is the closing. Often, meetings are just disbanded and everyone leaves to get on with what they were doing beforehand. Closing the meeting productively only takes five minutes and it is critical to making sure the meeting was effective. Be sure to leave enough time in the agenda to […]
Our last blog post looked at how to establish Ground Rules for your meeting. Now, it’s time to look at how to make efficient use of your time. This means having some structure to hold everyone to the objective you have set out and making roles clear. Shorter meetings may require less structure, but these […]
The first step in conducting a successful meeting is to establish the rules of engagement. It is important to establish standards of behavior that keep the meeting moving, while respecting every participant’s input and value to the group. The tool for this is a set of Ground Rules, presented at the start of every meeting and […]
In business, preparation is fundamental for success. Why shouldn’t we give as much attention to preparing for meetings as to preparing for other tasks, activities and challenges? We have all attended meetings that are a permanent fixture on our calendars, only to wonder why we were there. We felt that we could be more effective […]
According to the National Statistics Council, 11 million meetings are held each day. Often, meetings are used as a communication tool when another form of communicating would suffice just as well, if not better. Do you know someone who likes to call a meeting just for the sake of meeting or getting a group of […]
Ever think about how your down time affects your productivity and success? In today’s busy world, it’s not always easy to disconnect and really relax and refresh your thinking, your body, your emotions. To be a fearless leader, you need to be able to rise above your fear-based gut reactions, and strengthen your personal resilience […]
Every one of us is a leader. The truth is leaders are not defined by their titles. They are defined by their ability to encourage and influence those around them to reach their highest potential. Every one of us has to deal with change. If there’s anything constant in the the world we’re living in […]
We are taught from a young age that achieving specific milestones of success – getting good grades, getting into a great college, having a prestigious career, having a certain amount of money saved, living in the right house or neighborhood, marrying the right person, having talented or well-behaved kids…. etc, will make us happy. The […]
In times of change, people tend to flail. All of us get a little less focused, a little more distracted, and find it harder to set and keep priorities. We describe ourselves as “crazy busy” or overwhelmed. Fearless leaders notice this in themselves and their organizations, and work hard to create clarity and calm […]
I returned from ASTD 2013 last week full of energy about the future of learning and leadership development, about advances in learning technologies, and about the integration of neuroscience into the process of learning new skills and becoming better leaders in all phases of our careers. It was energizing to be among 10,000 learning and […]
Every spring I clean out closets, clear out the garden shed, empty the pantry and generally tidy up spaces in and around the house and office. This ritual of spring cleaning clears away cobwebs, gets the old and out-of-use items removed or repurposed, and makes room for light, air, space , and potentially new items […]
The following post is a speech that Laura delivered to a Girls Scout Awards Dinner for girls earning their Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. Laura is a Girl Scout, and volunteers to help prepare future leaders and provide girls with opportunities to learn from direct leadership experiences. Each girl receiving an award at the […]
When the going gets tough, we often hear leaders encourage their staff, their colleagues, their teammates to “try harder”. This is a waste of time. Trying Harder at the things you are already doing does not increase your likelihood of success. It reminds me of Sheryl Sandberg’s recent admonition to women to “Lean In” […]
I’ve often heard that in business it’s not what you know, but who you know. I think to be more precise, it’s not even who you know, but rather how the people who know you feel about you. Your results rely on the quality of your relationships. Success in most fields is built on […]
If you are like most Americans, you worked on turning over a new leaf and taking up some new habits at the start of 2013. And you may have already abandoned them and returned to your old habits. Most resolutions to change our behavior don’t last more than a few weeks at best, and […]
As we honor MLK today and engage in a National Day of Service, I like to reflect on the connection between great leadership and acts of service to others. I hear about the value of “servant leadership” from many business leaders, and they often equate this to the idea of leadership being the ultimate […]
How has your holiday season unfolded? What were you most looking forward to, and has that happened? What expectations have you held for yourself, friends, family? What are you imagining will make the end to 2012 a happy one for you? What would make it your best ever? Your image of a happy holiday […]
At this time of year, we like to draw attention to one important ritual of great leaders that often gets too little attention – celebration. Traditionally December is a time of reflection, we celebrate holidays, family, end of year, and many other gifts, traditions, accomplishments and relationships. Celebration as a key facet of reflection is […]
When we talk about strategic planning, many clients reluctantly admit they think strategic planning is a waste of time. The last time they wrote a strategic plan was five years ago (or longer), and that old relic sits dusty on a shelf and has little to do with how the business works today. It was […]
During this election cycle, we are exposed to numerous examples of how politicians lead, how they make decisions, and how they engender support and create followers. We expect our nation’s leaders to set a good example and show us how things are supposed to be done. We look up to political leaders and other […]
The buzzword in many industries today is “collaboration”. How do we effectively collaborate and how can we improve our ability to collaborate? Why would we want to? When our work was producing industrial goods through the repetition of a manual task, productivity gains were relatively straightforward, and could be achieved by familiar carrot-and-stick methodolgies. […]
If you’ve ever worked in an organization larger than 20 people, you’ve probably encountered organizational silos of one form or another. Functional silos are common early in a company’s development, followed later by product, division or geographical silos, undermining teams. Whenever humans congregate in numbers larger than 5, we tend to form factions. We have […]
If you want to manage conflict better, there are some key steps to take to get to the heart of an issue, calm down the emotions and start to talk more productively. Here are our seven steps to Fearless Conflict Management, BRAVEST: B – Be Fully Present. Giving someone your full attention is the first […]
Life is full of conflict. Conflicting goals, conflicting values, conflicting emotions. How do you handle conflict in your life? Do you meet it head on and press for your point of view? Do you avoid it and try to smooth things over? How do great leaders manage conflict, and what can you learn from them? […]
Each of us comes with some learned or comfortable modes of operating, which shapes our leadership style. Some of us prefer to think out loud, and others prefer not to speak until we have developed a fully-formed idea in our head that makes good sense to us, or we may even want to confirm it […]
While we’re on the topic of authenticity… What would you really do to become more authentic? What does it look like? How do you know when you are there? Let us assure you that authenticity has nothing to do with those habits that you may have become attached to and you refer to by saying, […]
We often encounter clients who resist trying out new behaviors because they are concerned about not appearing “authentic”. The word authentic has been used so much in leadership circles without being accurately defined, so here’s an approach that we suggest. Authenticity starts with defining “who” you really are. We know that you are not just […]
The Fearless Organization is built on three fundamentals: Fearless Leadership, Dynamic Strategy and a Thriving Culture. Where building Fearless Leadership works on the individual and their influence on success, and Dynamic Strategy was about keeping everyone on target while learning and remaining flexible, today we’re talking about Thriving Culture, which is the collective ethos of […]
When is the last time you worked on your strategic plan? Most people have to think about this. If you’ve done one in the last year, you are among the few that actively devote time to this activity, and at some level, you know that it’s important. For many organizations (and we have been there, […]
Who do you think of as a leader? What makes them a leader? How do you differentiate good leaders from great ones? We define leadership as the ability to motivate oneself and others to take positive action toward a goal. Note that we start with motivating yourself. If you are having trouble motivating yourself, chances […]
Economic change, technological change, environmental change, political change. It seems that we are surrounded by ever-accelerating change. Darwin said that it is those who are most responsive to change that thrive. Not the most intelligent, not the strongest or wiliest, but the most adaptive. When we adapt well to change, we find opportunity within each […]
When we think about great organizations – those that seems to last decade after decade and reinvent themselves to respond to changing markets, technologies, competitors and other external conditions, we find that they share some fundamental characteristics that shift their ability to respond instead of react, to take bold action instead of delaying yet another […]
At Transcend, we believe that collaboration is fundamental to driving business performance and is a hallmark of the fearless organization. We also believe that collaboration is a key indicator of a high-functioning leadership culture. Here’s our view on what makes collaboration so important, what it means for an organization, and how you can work to […]
Trust is one of the fundamental pillars of organizations that go from good to truly great, and the difference between LITO (leaders in title only) and effective and fearless Leaders.
Trust consists of three elements occurring at the same time: knowing the positive benefits of a relationship, evaluating any risks in the relationship, and choosing how to interpret the behavior of the other person. In companies, this manifests as knowing that the people you work with can and will help you meet your personal and professional goals more often than they will not, and knowing why they behave the way they do and not taking it personally. Here is why we find trust so difficult, and ten key steps for starting to build trust in your organization today:
Successful organizations rely on a conscious set of values implemented in everyday actions. Strong persistent organizational culture trumps rules every time.
The value of the strengths movement and a focus on your talents as an individual is to change the focus of your energy and attention to what is already working well, and to find ways to leverage those talents to make them more and more relevant and powerful.
Remember the last time you experienced conflict with someone? One of the most common reasons we create conflict is our focus on positions. If you can focus instead on interests, you may find common ground more readily and create better win-win positions in the process.
April 2011 – Leadership and executive coach Laura Huckabee-Jennings recently earned the prestigious Professional Certified Coach designation, becoming one of only about 2,000 credentialed coaches among the nearly 25,000 coaches worldwide, according to statistics from the International Coach Federation. Huckabee-Jennings, formerly with Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola in line management positions, received her credentials from […]
The first step to changing your results is owning them, understanding that you have created them, and that only you have the power to change those results.
As a very successful CEO, why would someone like Eric Schmidt suggest that he needs a coach and so do you? I see executives every day who make incredible strides forward toward their goals with the help of an executive coach. Their work is inspiring, and I am honored to be part of it. But some of you may still wonder what a coach could do for you and why you should invest in an external coach for yourself. Here are the Top 10 reasons to hire a coach.
Did you go into business to change the world, make money, be your own boss, express your creative side, or just create a corporate culture that honored your personal values? Did that passion get lost somewhere along the way? Here’s one path on your journey to rediscovering your passion and leaving the stress behind.
So what remains to define your journey to a more fulfilling life? Simply making the changes needed to integrate this process into your life on an ongoing basis. As your life changes and you achieve key elements of your vision, you may find that your vision begins to expand or change in ways that cause you to incorporate new goals. As you gain skills and overcome obstables to your success, you may find entirely new skills suddenly become relevant and perhaps even critical to your goals.
At yet a higher level of engagement that simply getting feedback, is developing partnerships to support you in pursuing your vision.
Partners can be colleagues, family members, friends, or anyone who has an interest in helping you meet your goals and achieve your vision. When considering who you might enroll as your partner, think about who might share your vision, benefit from you achieving it, or be pursuing a similar vision themselves.
So now you are working toward your goal, you are holding yourself accountable for implementing your plans, and probably beginning to feel more focused and like you are on the path to your vision. What helps keep you on the path? How will you know when to make course corrections? What are you measuring to see what progress you are making?
Anyone who is not already familiar with the concept of executive coaching may easily confuse it with related professional advisors of other types. Many executives are familiar with mentors, who guide you on how they achieved their success, so that you can follow in their footsteps. Coaching is unique in that it helps you forge your own path.
Building your commitment to your plan, and set up an accountability system for yourself. Not being accountable means not “walking the talk” and honoring your commitments to yourself and the cost is that you begin to lose trust and faith in your own ability to follow through.
Within each of us we carry the seed of our own greatness. We nurture this as children, but soon learn to hide it from the light of day and fit into what we think society expects of us. We build our internal beliefs and habitual thoughts about what we “should” do and “must” be, and […]
Behind every good strategy and every goal achieved, there was an action plan that brought it to life.
The strategy is not the end of the process, but the beginning of your journey toward your vision. You have defined the vision, made it concrete with some goals that define what it will take for the vision to come to life, developed some strategies that you think will help you achieve your goals, and now you are ready for the plans.
With SMART goals in hand, you are ready to build strategies around them. This is just like developing business strategies in that you can look at your various strengths and build strategies that play to them.
Now that you have a vision of where you are going, it is important to set goals that move you in the direction of your vision. I like to make sure they are SMART goals. You may have heard this acronym before, but it stands for: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Bound.
The next step in this journey to greater success and fulfillment is establishing your personal vision. A personal vision is grounded in the present and includes every significant aspect of your life, who you are, and what you desire in your life. A great place to begin this is to start with a deep understanding […]
A key step in becoming the person you were meant to be is discovering more clearly who you are and what you value. Slowing down and understanding the values you hold most dear can help you make better choices and evaluate what values are being honored or violated in any given situation. You can then begin to make choices that help honor your values and feel more fulfilled.
Have you ever had the feeling that you were just “looking and acting the part” in your work life? You are not alone. Stop being a victim of the “Driven Life”, characterized by constant overwhelm and rush, a constant feeling of urgency about everything, a “silver bullet” mentality and goals driven by everyone but you. Find your truest, strongest self and become that person in everything you do.
Vision is the core of motivation, power and success. How can you create yours?
What is engagement and how can you build it? Understand what it means for your company and why you should care about engagement.
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