A Defining Moment

A Defining Moment

Of all the “defining moments” in my life that have helped shape who I am today, nothing was as significant and impactful for me as the story I’m about to tell you.

Following the crowd

My high school counselor looked concerned. “You’re a follower, Greg. You do just enough to get by with little to no ambition. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m worried about you. Tell me again where you’re going to school?”

“Western State,” I said.

“And what was it about Western that attracted you?” he said, anticipating what I was about to say next.

“I don’t know,” I sheepishly responded. “A bunch of guys from the soccer team are going...”

“You see Greg, that’s what I mean. You need to think about what you want to get out of the college experience. Do it for you, not for your friends.”

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Behind "Leading From Within"

Behind "Leading From Within"

Leading From Within is a powerful transformational three-day workshop designed to help you achieve optimal performance as a leader in both your personal and professional life. This means leading with a sense of purpose and passion, guided by core values—that transcend into all facets of your life so that what people see on the outside is a reflection of who you are on the inside. This is what’s known as Authentic Leadership. as the person only you are capable of being; your authentic self.

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Been There, Done That!

Been There, Done That!

Dear Geese,

Why do senior executives stop attending management training classes? Is it because they think they already know all there is to know about management and leadership or are they simply done learning? I ask because our director is great at “talking the talk” but falls short in “walking the talk,” if you know what I mean. And whenever we bring up the suggestion for him to attend a workshop (like your Leading From Within program), he scoffs and reminds us that he attended “one of those” already at the Center for Creative Leadership earlier in his career. 

I always thought personal and professional growth was ongoing.

-Sharlene

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Why Do We Need Team Building?

Why Do We Need Team Building?

Dear Geese,

My staff cringes whenever I bring up the topic of team building. Talk about resistance! Last year we went to a baseball game as a group but I’m not sure anything was accomplished.  Oh wait, we did decide to never do a baseball game again…but I digress. Is team building really necessary? I ask because you gave a speech at a conference I attended recently and I remember that you emphasized the importance of it. Can you expound on that again?

-Kumbaya Kimberly

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Poor Communication Skills

Poor Communication Skills

Dear Geese:

I have a “weenie” for a supervisor. You never hear a thing from the guy until performance review time, and that’s only because he has to speak. It is also the only time we get any feedback from him. To make matters worse, he will bring up things that happened months ago and puts it in the review! Seriously! I know this is all wrong, right?

-Kim T.

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Ineffective Meetings at Work!

Ineffective Meetings at Work!

Dear Geese:

This is so sad it’s almost comical. We have too many meetings at my company. Why, we’ve gotten to the point where we can’t even make a decision without having a meeting. But the bigger problem is how poorly these meetings are run. They are unorganized; people who need to be there aren't there, and they constantly run over time…as if we have nothing else better to do.

Can you tell I’m frustrated? Any suggestions would be greatly be appreciated!

-Sam from D.C.

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When to Escalate Conflict

When to Escalate Conflict

As a nation of primarily conflict avoidant people, just the notion of escalating conflict can sound like a contradiction. And yet, there are times when escalating a conflict is exactly what you need to do.

But the conditions have to be right.

What do I mean? I mean that there has to be an intention…a purpose…or a reason for escalating a conflict, first and foremost. And the more favorable the reason—the more favorable the likely outcome.

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