All posts filed under: Self-Awareness

Are you answering your calls or stuck test calling?

“Can I have a minute?” Asks the third person that popped their head in your office in the past hour since you sat down to finally“do some work”. Now, however you handle those situations or the reason why this is happening varies. The most common things I hear from clients are: We have an open-door policy There is not enough time to do everything They need me If I don’t help them, things will fall apart Nobody is doing what they are supposed to do I have to be everywhere, so they all coming to me now But Jen, there is nothing I can do about this! (that’s my favorite 😉 ) People working with me quickly realize they are responsible for their own fate.  And even those who already knew this, realize how much they were underutilizing that awareness. One behavior that seems small and harmless, like allowing people to pop in the office, reveals very deep-rooted beliefs setting us up daily to keep things running the same. And, your brain is excellent at making sure you do …

Leap with grace – The courage to be unpopular

Leading is not easy. I was giving a workshop on managerial courage last week, and courage lives in everyone. All you need to do is get the tools to tap into it when feeling frozen, defeated, overwhelmed, overworked or better yet, develop greater self-awareness to know how to get over yourself and be able act long before feeling that way. As the character Benjamin in “We bought a zoo” said: “Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, just literally, 20 seconds of just embarrassing bravery”. Leap. “Just like that.” If you keep doing different versions of the same thing and are waiting for things to change, they won’t unless you leap. Leaping further into your leadership means that making unpopular decisions with grace is part of your daily routine. It also means you will be wrong many times and judged based on the biases your team and colleagues around you have. I was having dinner with a dear friend last night and we were having a great conversation about women and different ways to …

The rise of female role models, inspiring the next generations

As much as I love my “celebrity” male role models, I had no idea how it felt to actually be really excited about discovering a strong career woman character who can navigate the “boys club” like no other… until I “met” Wendy Rhodes. The media are bringing forth more and more of them and that is extremely refreshing to be able to relate.   And when 5 completely different people tell you, you should watch the series “Billions”, you do. Women are strong, capable, beautiful, brilliant and influential.  They should not be shy to shine and stand tall amongst all. Men are not scary. Women are not catty. When you look at someone in the eyes, you see no more genders, only the depth of someone’s mind and what it mirrors back to us. Our mind (men, women and every gender in between) is the MOST powerful tool we have.   It knows no inequality when we dare to let it wonder to what could be. And it gets sharper and wiser the more we become self-aware of ourselves and how …

Leadership Minute Monday – Handing off the pizza cutter

Delegation is a conversation that happens at all level of leadership and you do not need me to tell you when, what and to whom. . No matter how seasoned  you are, delegating is not as easy as it seams.  It takes a lot of patience, trust, coach-like attitude and letting go. . In this two minutes segment, I share a pizza story that happened with my husband Todd, and he approves of the version… we’ve both been laughing quite a bit using it as an analogy since then and I could not fit it in only one minute!

Leadership Minute Monday – Predict your future by building bridges

The future knows no constraints, only the present does. If you are looking for a culture shift within your business or oganization or simply value keeping your leadership skills fit, you have to be able to take a sneak peak at your future.   It will evolve as you evolve, yet you still need that vision today and it certainly is a mindet that will pay off and have your future self thank you for. Have a great skills honing week!

Leadership Minute Monday – Power Leaks From Making Assumptions

If assumptions were true, your leadership skills would be as good as it gets.   Have fun with this workout over the summer and I will be back on September 10th with a different flavor of this leadership minute.   “If others tell us something we make assumptions, and if they don’t tell us something we make assumptions to fulfill our need to know and to replace the need to communicate.  Even if we hear something and we don’t understand we make assumptions about what it means and then believe the assumptions.  We make all sort of assumptions because we don’t have the courage to ask questions.” _ Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom