Moral Courage: The Most Important Leadership Characteristic

I've been working with a group who are transitioning from follower to leader. The number one question that comes up is what characteristic makes a good leader? I tell them the answer is moral courage.  I have come to realize I was never as concerned about my boss' technical expertise as I was with their moral courage, honesty, and ethics. Coincidentally, Abacus Data shared the results of a poll examining Canadians opinions of the leadership answering the question by saying: "Leadership can be hard to define…

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5 Steps You Can Use To Build a “First Team” Mindset

Credit to: Patrick Lencioni & The Table Group for the "First Team" concept and  Dalmau Consulting for the image I loved my job. I was part of a powerful and effective executive team, to whom I was loyal. I had no problem identifying that they were the team that I was personally responsible and accountable to. They were my ‘First Team’. I had built my own team into a great team. People who took on some of the most complex projects you could imagine and not…

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Who needs a coach at work?

You have heard someone saying they needed a coffee. And really, tired or hungover who amongst us hasn't felt that they really needed a coffee In all honesty, we only want that coffee. We really don't 'need' it. Read why you shouldn't hire me as your coach The difference? If you need a coffee you only want it. But if you need a heart transplant, you need a heart transplant. Most of my perspective coaching clients receive coaching as a “want" not a "need”. The first…

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