How Defensiveness Can Undermine Your Leadership

How Defensiveness Can Undermine Your Leadership

Defensiveness comes in many forms. Here are some tips to help stop the defensive spiral.

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Self-Deprecation to Self-Sabotage in one easy step

Self-Deprecation to Self-Sabotage in one easy step

Last week I learned a very important lesson: when someone asks you what you felt you did well, do not, under any circumstances, launch into a laundry list of self-criticism.

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Feedback: when a swift kick in the head is a good thing

Feedback: when a swift kick in the head is a good thing

Consultants around the globe have made mountains of money teaching people how to appropriately deliver negative feedback message. Ooops. I mean constructive feedback messages.

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Net Leeching: how to suck all the good will out of your network

Net Leeching: how to suck all the good will out of your network

At the Executive Roundtable, we are flag waving champions around the importance of building and maintaining your personal and professional network. In work, your network will be…

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Dude: Have you seen my passion?

Dude: Have you seen my passion?

I've been doing a lot of thinking recently about the quest many of us have to "find our passion" or the "work we love". There's a video that's been making the internet rounds…

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Leadership Lessons from Rush

Leadership Lessons from Rush

As a woman, I am in an extreme minority when it comes to Canadian rock band Rush's fan base. (And although I'm not as fervent a fan as my husband, yes, I have seen them in concert…

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Core Values: not just for warm and fuzzy life coaches

Core Values: not just for warm and fuzzy life coaches

Through my 20's, I was the poster girl for the GenX job jumper. It wasn.t until my early 30's when, tired of jumping, I completed a career management coaching program and did an…

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Build your confidence in one easy step

Build your confidence in one easy step

Lately I've been thinking that the toughest job for most leaders is maintaining your positivity and confidence in a relentless environment of uncertainty. 2008 was 4 years ago and…

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Pareto Principle: When 80% isn't good enough

Pareto Principle: When 80% isn't good enough

Recently, I read a leadership tip of the day that said "Leadership is about being positive at least 81% of the time." Really? That means I get a full day of being negative every…

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The Ultimate Game Changer: Your Health

The Ultimate Game Changer: Your Health

I spend a lot of time hearing our members talk about "changing the game". They're referring, of course, to how to pull their business out of a backwards slide.

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Confidence Crisis: 6 ways to galvanize yours

Confidence Crisis: 6 ways to galvanize yours

Lately I've been thinking about confidence. It's something that I always assumed you either had, or didn't have. I'd never spent much time thinking about what I had done to build…

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Zappos.com: Vision, Values and the Pursuit of Happiness

Zappos.com: Vision, Values and the Pursuit of Happiness

Tony Hsieh is the inspiring 30-something CEO of Zappos.com, an online retailer that was recently acquired by Amazon.com for just over 1.2 billion (yes billion) dollars

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