How Fearless Leaders Do Nothing

Something unexpected is happening with leaders. Or should I say not happening. Over a single week in February I met with three coaching clients. Each was working away on their plans for the new year. Each was excited about the future. And yet, to our surprise, each of those sessions led to a moment when…

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How Fearless Leaders trust.

FEARLESS LEADER, How do you build and maintain trust with your clients? “Trust is a choice.” — AMY DICKINSON, advice columnist   I attended a gathering of mediators last month to enjoy a purposeful social hour. The topic up for discussion was Trust. To me, the conversation raised points that apply directly to how Fearless…

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How to pause

FEARLESS LEADER, Do you feel exhausted, overwhelmed or depleted right now? There’s nothing wrong with you.   “Our efforts at connection are insufficient against the responses of our nervous system.”  — Christine Runyan, Clinical Psychologist   My clients land in a Zoom session with me in a state of distraction: they’re rushing in from the…

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What makes you a Fearless Leader?

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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Have you hit the wall? (You’re not alone).

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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Customers!

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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How Fearless Leaders handle layoffs

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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Anger is the messenger.

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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Do you know? How will you find out?

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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Are you still, listening?

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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