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The Woman Effect: TEDx MassAveWomen Video & The Research Behind It

On December 3, 2012 I had the honor of speaking to a group of powerful women in Washington DC at a TEDx event, TEDxMassAveWomen. I’m very excited because I’ve long wanted to distill down what InPower Women’s about, into a simple but powerful video, and this gave me that chance (video below). Since so much of what we do here is research-based, however, there’s no way I can include all the appropriate research references in my talk, so I’ve decided to post them here, with a short synopsis of the argument of my talk. Also, posting it here means I didn’t have to turn my talk into a blathering of statistics and the information is still available!

The Stories of The Tragic Queen and the Underdog Princess

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Do You “Fake It” to Succeed? (Video)

The higher you go in any organization, the more the leadership culture tends to solidify around you. This increases – or decreases – the chances that you’ll fit in. Too many fast trackers see this as a reason to conform to the culture around them and thus too many end up feeling like they’re faking it and becoming inauthentic. Inauthentic leaders alienate the very people they’re trying to motivate and set themselves up for leadership failure and personal disappointment as they move farther and farther away from an authentic leadership presence; one that motivates both themselves and the people they work with.

This is true for women and men alike, but women have a special challenge. Quite often women don’t feel like we fit into the predominantly male leadership culture by virtue of the behaviors, attitudes and values that are fundamental to who we are. So quite often we end up “faking it” without even knowing it. The problem is that this catches up with us one way or another. Either we alienate people we work with, we alienate ourselves – or both. Don’t be “that gal,” the one that fakes it and fails.

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2013 Goal-setting Strategies for Work-Life Balance and Productivity (Part 3 – Video)

January 1st is coming fast!  If you’re like most of us, you’re knee-deep in year-end closing reports, next year budgets, family holiday planning and… stress! Work Life (much less balance!) at the end of the year is just crazy – largely because we’re scrambling to meet so many goals we set for ourselves (and those set by others). Even though it feels nutty, this is actually a good time to take a deep breath and think strategically about how we set our goals – for meetings, days, weeks and years – to help us reduce stress and increase productivity. In this three part video series, and December webinar on the subject, we’re looking at the power of Intention-setting (a strategic goal-setting approach) to do just that! Continue reading

2013 Goal-setting Strategies for Work-Life Balance and Productivity (Part 2 – Video)

If you haven’t started thinking about your goals for next 2013, you better get cracking!  In this three part video series, and December webinar on the subject, we’re evaluating what makes a good goal statement – the kind that is more likely to be achieved! Continue reading

5 Strategies for Leading with the 5 Whys

Most leadership books and gurus will tell you that leaders are learners and full of curiosity. Sometimes, this penchant can get you into trouble and – as many entrepreneurs learn the hard way – lead you traipsing off after some little bright shiny thing, letting your business languish. This kind of curiosity is the not good kind. But the good kind of curiosity takes you deeper, not far afield. It digs you into the root cause of the problem you need to fix – for your customers with a product, for your employees with an operational issue or for your investors for a financial issue.

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Leadership Test: Integrity During The Holidays

The holidays are a stressful time for all of us, when we struggle with work-life balance (or not) and work to serve our business and our families with equal gusto, too often at the expense of ourselves. Continue reading

What Does It Mean to “Speak Your Truth to Power”?

Speaking truth to power is an important professional development skill, but it’s also an important life skill. It’s the best way to live in total integrity – at home and at work – every day of your life. AND it’s a sure fire way to change the world around you in meaningful and important ways every time you speak. This particular skill has been critical in my own leadership journey, and that’s why I’ve done research on the subject and am offering a self-study eCourse on Speaking Truth to Power  to help my executive coaching clients (and you!) learn the subtle art of speaking your truth to power.

And it IS a subtle art!

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The Leadership Effect

What if everyone woke up one day and decided to lead from inside their power? We all can. All you have to do is set your intention. And do it.

“Don’t make us wait any longer to benefit from your greatness and contributions.”

What are you waiting for?

Thanks to Sagestone Partners for putting together this awesome video, inspired by The Girl Effect (also an awesome video). And thanks to Mike Henry and the LeadChange group for sharing this so widely.

Lessons from a Power Breakfast – What’s at STAKE?

What's at STAKE?

To everyone but us, we were a power breakfast.

Meeting early at the Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington DC, we were strategists behind an international organization representing 160 of the biggest companies and Non Governmental Organization (NGO) nonprofits in the world. The Director, on a trip over from his home base in Switzerland to meet with the Chairman of his Board and two experienced consultants, had a most respected European academic institutions funding his effort and he personally exhibited more brain cells than the rest of the room put together.

The four of us discussed the big question for this organization, the issue of how to launch their organization to the global community – accommodating the various interests of their members in the process.

As we talked and explored the strategies of organizational change, I was struck by how this powerful group danced around the edge of powerlessness. The Director and his Chairman – a woman with decades of experience and deep knowledge of the politics and economics of this field – listed on their website some of the most recognized and powerful brands in the world as paying members. And yet, our discussion revolved around the “tyranny of minorities,” two groups whose divergent positions threatened to stalemate the organization – either diluting or halting the launch.

It’s a common experience in Washington DC and many other headquarters-locales where power seems to flow through the streets; groups of people with great power “on paper” often feel helpless to make things happen. Sure, the Director could decree the way forward, but he’s likely lose important members, and the claim of sector-wide support, in the process. In today’s world, Command-and-Control leadership just doesn’t cut it in most situations.

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