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Number Two In “What Habits I Have” To Reduce Stress.

Stress is one of the number one things that cause illness in leaders. Even when we think we are managing stress, we often aren’t. So each day, I make sure I take some quiet time to breathe. I plant my feet flat on the floor. Take a deep breath in and then push that breath to your waist, hips, thighs, and then out your feet. This small breathing exercise literally “resets” your brain. It takes all the stress right out of your body. Doing it a few times during the day will remove the stress from your shoulders and back [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

I Am Often Asked By Leaders What Are The Habits I Do To Work Less And Accomplish More.

This next series will share what are some of the things I do. Number one- Strategic Time I carve out one hour per day that is my strategic hour. I will take no meetings during that time, I won’t answer employee questions, I won’t answer emails, or take phone calls. I do it at the same time every day. What this allows your brain to do is to get very deep into thinking about a problem, issue, or opportunity with no interruptions. Each time you allow an interruption it takes your brain 18 times as long to get to that [...]

By |May 5th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Where Is The Greatest Results?

If you want to be in the C Suite you need to be able to THINK like a C Suite Executive. I find so many leaders believe that once they are in the next position, they will be able to do great things. But the truth is, to do great things, all you need to change is your thinking. The above quote demonstrates how changing yourself is the fastest way to changing the world. So today, think about what things you need to change: Are you too quick to judge? Are you impatient? Do you lack faith in your [...]

Want To Get Your Team “Less Sensitive” To Getting Feedback?

Since your brain is designed to protect you, it traditionally sees feedback as a bad thing as it means you messed up. One way to help your team shift to seeing feedback as just data and not anything personal is to get them used to debrief on a regular basis. This allows them to put into words what worked, what didn’t, and what can be improved on. They start to see there is no shame in this and that they actually gain praise for their insights and their ability to make shifts. Once you have the whole team doing [...]

When Speaking To The C Suite, What Is The Best Way To Convey Confidence?

Even though you spend 90% of your time trying to frame the message you are going to say, intuitively the C Suite is reading your body language to decide whether to say yes or no to you. Some things that convey strength are- Relaxed squared shoulders. Not rounded down or slouching and not rigid like the military. Weight balanced slightly more on one foot giving a relaxed stance. Head straight forward with solid eye contact while talking. Head slightly tilted when listening to questions. This shows you are calmly taking in what they are saying and not defensive. If [...]

Karma Is The Atmosphere And Energy You Carry Around You At All Times.

It helps form the perceptions and way you read into what others say and do. For me, I prefer to always give people the benefit of doubt until their pattern proves otherwise. This helps me not take statements others make personally, and it allows me to be direct with others when I am unsure what they mean. Most often what people say is a reflection of them, not you. So, learn to let it roll off your back. Learn to be inquisitive, not accusatory, when you are unsure what they meant. You will find that 9 out of 10 [...]

By |April 26th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

What Is One Sign That Shows You Are Insecure with your decision?

Your body language is ALWAYS tied to your thinking. Change your thinking and you automatically change your body language something that amazes all that go through our No Sweat Tough Talk Program! People who are hesitant about their message almost always “fig leaf” at some point during their presentation. This fig leaf is a sure sign that you are trying to protect yourself as you are not sure how your message will be received. Instead, keep one hand down at your side and use one hand to gesture while talking. Or keep your hands mid-waist lightly clasped together (gripping [...]

Why Solutions Often Don’t Solve The Problem.

In our Outcome Leadership Program, we have an exercise that shows you how you currently solve problems. We find leaders use a 3 step process that typically solves only a SYMPTOM of the problem. On top of that, the solutions they come up with are usually at a higher cost and more complicated to maintain. We use an 8 step process that gets to the root of the problem. To be good at solving problems you need to make sure you first dig in deep to understand what the problem is before you try to solve it. So, before [...]

The Changing Of One Word Can Change How You Mentally View A Situation.

The above quote changes an event from reactive- it is happening “to” you- to proactive- it is happening “for” you. Notice how that slight change causes your brain to look at a situation in a different light. The latter makes you look at how, even a bad situation, can be a message to improve or change something. While the former makes it feel like you are a victim. Watch your thoughts today and try and stay in the proactive stage of learning from experiences rather than viewing them as pain or punishment. Want to know how to turn old [...]

By |April 19th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Wondering How Much Detail To Put In To A Talk?

Have you ever wondered why “back of the cocktail napkins” are so effective? It is because they contain very little on details but a lot on the what and why. I know it may seem counterintuitive, but the reality is that the more details you put in a presentation the more you confuse your audience. So keep it tight, focused, and put in only the details needed to make a decision. That is it. Too many details not only confusing but also makes the listener feel they are accountable for the project. So you, in a sense, have just [...]

Why Do You turn Red When You Speak At a High Level Event?

The reason this happens is that your brain has learned a “response pattern” to an event. Then, any time an “event” happens that is similar to it, your brain will automatically generate the chemical reaction in your body. So, in order to stop the red from showing up, you actually need to figure out what “event” your brain has stored and rework it. That is what we do with leaders and we find that even in one day the red flush begins to stop and only goes to the chest level! They are amazed. Then, once they have locked [...]

When Have Things Fallen Apart But Later You Realized It Was Just Things Falling In Place for You?

My most recent was Covid. My business was virtual and live programs. Covid helped me to make a complete pivot and put all of our virtual/live programs online. The beauty is client’s love it as many of our clients have teams all around the world. Being able to do our Outcome Thinking® Platinum Program online and virtual saves them time, and money to not fly people in and still keep everyone culturally connected. LOVE IT! Share your “falling apart to fall into place” story below... Click here to schedule an Exploratory Call.

By |April 12th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Need A Clean Slate With Someone?

We have all had either those meetings or individuals where things just didn’t go as planned. Then you find that elephant continues to enter the room each time you meet with the person. We just recently worked with a leadership team that had a major fail on a large-scale project in the past. They were working on a new project. From the way, they were being challenged and asked to “prove” each decision the team felt that their past track record with the failed project was making the leadership team leery. So, we showed them how to use Outcome [...]

Have A Complex Topic To Cover And You Need People To Comprehend It?

The more complex a topic is the more you need to do two things: 1. Use stories and analogies to anchor your points and make it easy for others to comprehend. 2. Keep your slides tight. Have them build so you only have people focused on what you are currently talking about. The worst mistake I see people make with a complex topic is they put up a filled slide and then try and bring people from one part to the next. This leads to dazed confusion. That leads to no movement of action on your audience’s part. So, [...]

By |April 7th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Do You Realize Just How Much Power You Have?

Your brain is a tool designed to protect you. Your mind is the fuel that feeds the brain and your mindset is what forms based on what fuel you feed your mind and brain. So, that is a lot of power in your hands. I am continually amazed at how leaders we work within our Outcome Thinking® Platinum Program are able to change their circumstances by shifting the fuel they feed their brains. We are able to help them shift giving tough feedback from a chore to an honor. To shift presenting at the C Suite from uncomfortable to [...]

By |April 5th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Why Is It So Hard To Admit A Mistake?

So why, if you are an intelligent strong leader who knows mistakes don’t define you, is it still so hard to admit you made a mistake? It is because your brain is designed to protect you. Therefore, it doesn’t want to see you in pain or failing. Yet ironically the number one way the brain learns is through failure. To mitigate the impact failures have on your brain, you have to do 4 things: 1. Swiftly own the mistake without excuses. 2. Think through how you can fix it now and prevent it in the future. 3. If necessary, [...]

By |April 1st, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Which Do You Like Better A or B And Why?

A person doesn’t execute in the way you expect on a project, which response do you prefer? A. What you said was _______ and so I thought that meant you wanted it ____________. B. I believe I misinterpreted what was meant by (state phrase) so let’s walk through this so we can be sure I will execute it properly next time. Click here to schedule an Exploratory Call.

By |March 31st, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

In An Interview How Do You Know You Are Getting Substance And Not Just Charisma?

I can’t tell you how many leaders we work with that say “she/he interviewed so well, I don’t know what went wrong!” They are frustrated that what they believed the person said they could do doesn’t match their performance. This happens because a person’s brain recalls events as they INTERPRETED them, not as they really happened. So the long and short is… you will never get an accurate depiction of a person’s abilities by asking them questions that make them interpret the past. Instead, make them PROVE their skills. Do things like have them actually walk you through a [...]

By |March 29th, 2021|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Facing Zoom Burnout?

Did you know that being on video actually takes more energy than being in a face-to-face meeting? So, although Zoom is great for having meetings or not traveling to meetings (when things resume to normal again!), you do want to be conscious of a few things to make it less tiring. Use Breakout Rooms. With longer meetings going in and out of smaller groups will keep it more stimulating for the brain. When you bring everyone back make sure you ask for some people to share key insights from their groups. Take more frequent breaks. Even if it is [...]

What Is Wrong With These Openings For Questions?

Are you aware… Did you know that... Both of these openers can feel like you are gently guiding and inquiring without being assumptive. However, they both start with the premise of “I don’t believe you do know this information.” For the other person, they sound like a challenge and are irritating. Try instead to use a positive assumptive statement that shows you believe they do know what they are doing. One example is “So when you explored...” This opening assumes they have the knowledge and leaves it open for them to ask you to explain further. One of the things [...]

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