Brenda's Blog

All articles from July, 2020

A surprising and inspiring tale from the past that applies today… and what’s the moral of the story?

Since the first time I heard it, I’ve been fascinated by this gripping tale which took place almost 100 years ago. I’d love to hear your thoughts: What do you believe is the moral of this story? (Everybody I share it with seems to interpret it differently!) And how does it apply to leadership and to what we are experiencing in our world today?

Top 10 self-leadership routines: how do you rate yourself?

Executive Coaching clients consistently tell me they don’t do well sticking with one of these Top 10 Self-Leadership Routines. Can you guess which one it is? I look forward to hearing what you think, below!

In the meantime, for fun, score yourself one point for each “yes” answer. How many of these important routines do YOU do consistently? Here is a legend to help assess your results:

If you scored this many “Yes” answers…

10 = Congratulations! Your self-discipline is an inspiration to others. Based on my experience, you rank in the top 2-5% of all leaders.

7-9 = You’re doing excellently! What is one routine you could add to your already strong list that would make the biggest difference for you right now?

5-6 = You’re half-way to becoming a great role model to others. What are two additional routines you would like to adopt, and how can you get started in the next few days?

4 or less = You’ve taken the most important step toward strong self-leadership: awareness of what you’re doing well and the areas you’d like to improve. Now focus on the single-most important routine you’d like to take on, make a list of the benefits of doing that consistently and find an accountability partner to help you stay on track.

Happiness as a leader

The best part of being a leader is feeling happier about your direct reports’ successes than your own. This holds particularly true for me right now because one of our team members, Jagdish, just completed a major, multi-month project with flying colors. Congratulations to Jag for a job well done!

Which aspects of leadership bring you the most joy?

Grateful for today’s virtual connectivity

Our ancestors would be in awe of how we connect today! I’ve always been a fan of connecting virtually, but the events of the past few weeks have really underscored its incredible capabilities. I’ve engaged virtual audiences in 23 countries, coached executives on five continents, and have had more social interactions with my global network than I could have dreamt possible, even just a few years ago… and all of that from my office chair!  Feeling extremely grateful for technology…

How have you benefited from this increased global virtual connectivity? I’d love to hear your experiences!

Embrace this fascinating paradox to calm team members’ anxiety during tough times

With so much uncertainty in the world right now, how do leaders inspire, maintain calm, and communicate in a way that helps others do so, too? In this short video, I share a fascinating paradox that has helped many executive coaching clients pull through tough times and manage anxiety in their organizations. I’d love to hear what you think!