A definition of resilience can be found in any dictionary, but for a living breathing definition of resilience, you will discover it etched in the faces of those that have faced difficulties head-on, and refused to be defeated.
You might see resilience looking back at you in the bathroom mirror, or in the face of your spouse as they prepare for another day of work, or in the dogged determination of a co-worker or employee. Resilience can be an in-built quality or a choice, but either way it is not revealed in calm waters but in tough times.
For humans the dictionary defines resilience as:
“the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, toughness.”
For substances it is the ability to spring back into shape, elasticity.
The paradox, for me, is that with these definitions’ resilience is about recovery (getting back what you have lost) or springing back to an original shape, as if nothing had happened....
If you are a manager or leader, you will likely have faced the challenges of motivation.
As an Executive Coach and Leadership Motivational speaker, I am versed in the theory and practice of motivation and extensively work with leaders to improve their results. In this post I share my favorite theory and application using my own research.
Being human, we have a smart brain, specifically the prefrontal cortex, which we use to imagine and predict the future. These imaginations and predictions create expectations. Expectancy Theory (Victor Vroom 1964), is a model about how expectations lead to motivation.
Vroom’s theory says that, if the future seems reasonably likely and attractive to us, we know how to get there, and we believe we will be appropriately rewarded, then we will be motivated to act. In other words, if people expect a positive and...
Personal Mastery has many definitions but what is most important to understand is that it is not a destination or a definitive state, but a process. The idea that mastery is process was described by Peter Senge, in his book ‘The Fifth Discipline’
People with a high level of personal mastery live in a continual learning mode. They never “arrive.” (Peter Senge)
The application of personal mastery is key to living an effective life and having a successful career. This has never been truer than at this time in history.
In this post we explore, what is Personal Mastery, why it is important and how to develop it.
I define Personal Mastery as follows:
"Personal Mastery is the process of living and working purposefully towards a vision, in alignment with one’s values and in a state of constant learning about oneself and the reality in which one exists."
Personal Mastery and Self-leadership can be considered synonymous. They both...
As a professional speaker and as an executive coach, change and growth are the things that I have been focused on for my entire professional career. Today, as I was on a call with a prospective client, three metaphors came to me. I then shared these examples of using metaphors to create change on a LinkedIn Live, and you can see the video recording above.
In this post, I thought I would go deeper into the definition and power of metaphor for creating change, as well as show you how to use these three metaphor examples and create your own.
A 'metaphor' is a word or phrase that is symbolic of something else. The word comes from the Greek, ‘metapherein’ which means ‘to transfer’. In communication we use metaphor to transfer meaning from one thing to create awareness or understanding in another context.
Not only does a metaphor transfer meaning, it can ‘re-frame’ the meaning that the listener currently holds. This is...
Children and Leadership Development; at first glance there's not much to connect the two topics, but when speaking at a conference or coaching a leadership team, I often find myself using my children as examples. This is, of course, motivated by the fact I am a proud father - but also because children so quickly reflect our values.
As leaders, our values drive our behaviors, and our followers very quickly pick up on what's important to us. In this post I wanted to share 3 such Leadership Development Principles, that children bring into focus.
Every parent knows that children are great mimics, they watch you like a hawk and duplicate your behavior. This can be amusing, as when my daughter first started painting her nails after watching her mother, or my son picking up my tennis racket and saying, "like daddy." The dark side of this modeling is when children mimic the aggressive behavior of adults. This dark side of mimicking was...
Whether I’m working with graduate trainees or managing directors, there is always a realization of the need to improve presentation skills. Why are presentation skills such an important skill to accelerate your career or secure your position as a leader?
Well, I’m sure you have sat through many mind-numbing, ‘death by PowerPoint’ presentations, but have you also experienced listening to an engaging story-teller, who has you on the edge of your seat and inspires you with new insights?
Being the engaging storyteller gives you visibility, credibility and influence. These 3-factors are essential to your career Success.
The ability to present or speak well is within everyone’s grasp. With 20-years’ experience as Motivational Speaker, I have coached the most boring of CEO’s and the most timid individual contributor to speak and present with impact.
Regardless of your current position or skill level, to become effective...
There are almost as many definitions of leadership as there are people who have written on the topic. So, rather than complicate matters, I want to simplify this discussion on leadership to just 3-things, people, choices and economics.
I believe that when we understand these things, we can better understand people’s thinking and behavior, and therefore be a better leader.
“Did you meet your numbers?
Governments want to know the numbers, and leaders want to meet or exceed their numbers, but economics isn’t really about numbers. You might not believe me when you see economists pouring over data, creating graphs, charts and models, but the goal of real economics is:
“to uncover the unintended consequences of our choices.”
This perspective that social phenomena result exclusively from the motivations and actions of individuals is where economics (Austrian School) meets Self-leadership. In reality, economics is about...
“Get out of your comfort zone.”
We have all heard this advice, whether from as a cliché from a Motivational Speaker or in a Social Media meme. But is this B.S? And by B.S I a mean a Belief System!
The belief system (B.S) in this advice is that we employ the courage to try new things, and as such is sound; but how much is too much? Consider the following:
If you have ever tortured yourself over a set-back or failure, or ever wondered if successful people do something different, then have I got news for you?
"Set-backs and failures are part of life, and if you are an entrepreneur or leader, how you handle set-backs and failures will determine your long-term success."
With 20-years experience as an Executive Coach, I have learned the power of questions, and in this post I will share with you some self-coaching questions you ask yourself.
Quality Controlling your Questions will determine the quantity of your Control. I have been guilty, in the past, of the self-indulgence of asking,
When the world appeared to conspire against me. Or the self-recriminating question of.
“What did I do wrong?”
When things did not go as planned. Perhaps you have caught yourself asking the same questions, but did you know there are better questions?
Questions that move you toward a...
Think of the most confident person you know. Think of how they stand, how they hold the space and how, when they speak, everyone listens. This is Executive Presence.
"Executive Presence is the ability to project confidence and gravitas (substance) under pressure."
In addition a person with executive presence can present effectively and has the ability to 'read the room', so that they can influence an audience.
In a complex, fast paced world it is vital to be noticed, heard and trusted. Executive Presence is therefore an essential competency for both individual contributors and leaders.
In my 20-years of experience as an executive coach, working with C-level executives and those that want to crack the C-Suite, I have observed that those who are successful have mastered executive presence.
I have created a free Masterclass on how to to develop executive presence and you can watch it here. You can also read these 12-Strategies...