FEARLESS LEADER, Grow Fearless in 2021. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. Knowing what must be done does away with fear.” — ROSA PARKS   Fear is a feeling of dread, apprehension, or uneasiness. It can also be the respectful awe you feel toward the…

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Ongoing Virtual Event:  Fearless Leader Executive Forum Monthly, Every 2nd Thursday, 3:30-5:00 PM, Pacific Time   What: A facilitated monthly forum of peers who freely share and troubleshoot the challenges of leadership in a time of crisis and re-entry. Guided inquiry by Executive Coach Nora Ludviksen, an expert in leadership, communication, and conflict management.   Topics:…

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FEARLESS LEADER EXTRA: Today I’m sharing the reassuring guidance of Dr. Aisha Ahmad of the University of Toronto about the wall we can expect to hit, like clockwork, at about the six-month mark of a sustained crisis.  If you’ve hit the wall, and you’re wondering ‘What’s wrong with me?’ or ‘How do I get through…

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A conversation with Alex Rolluda, President of Rolluda Architects “Our leadership team meetings are like barbarians around a table – and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”    Alex Rolluda, President of Rolluda Architects, gets a kick out of the expressive energy of his leadership team, and their willingness to fight for their opinions.…

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FEARLESS LEADER, Do right by your clients. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” —ALBERT EINSTEIN   In the 90s, whenever the phone would ring at our architecture firm, someone would sing out with excitement: “Customers!” Remember, this was in the days before we carried our phones around with us…

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FEARLESS LEADER, This is the hardest thing you’ll have to do.   “When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” — HARUKI MURAKAMI   In 2008, right at the tail end of the recession, after it seemed that all the layoffs…

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A conversation with RB – Vice President, consumer reporting agency, Seattle “I wasn’t sure I wanted to do this job anymore.”   RB had two decades of experience at a Seattle consumer reporting agency when she was tapped to be Vice President and General Manager. She’d already noticed some communication problems with the leadership team,…

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FEARLESS LEADER, What is your instinct when you face anger or other high emotions within yourselfor from a colleague or client? “Certainly I’m angry…But I don’t think it’s a helpless emotion.”— SHERMAN ALEXIE, author   About anger (and other high emotions) I’ll never forget the first real mediation session I observed during my training. As…

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FEARLESS LEADER, Time for a quick Gut Check. “Pay attention… and make what you think you know be strange to you.” — KIRK VARNEDOE, curator COVID Crisis Working Remotely Initiating Re-Entry Facing Economic Uncertainty Confronting Systemic Injustice   Fearless Leaders know that each of these will continue to challenge your business, your processes, your relationships, and…

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FEARLESS LEADER, How can you tell when someone is really listening? How do you show that you are listening?   “It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.”  — GABRIEL GARCÍA MARQUEZ   One step we often skip over in the midst of a difficult conversation, is acknowledgment. This serves…

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