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self-re·li·ant   [self-ri-lahy-uhnt, self-]
adjective – relying on oneself or on one’s own powers, resources, etc.
“Rugged individualism and a sense of personal responsibility.”
Synonyms -independent, assured, enterprising, resolute, capable.

iLead – the Leadership Connection with Linda Sharkey, Ph.D.

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Leaders | 0 comments

iLead – the Leadership Connection with Linda Sharkey, Ph.D.

Episode Description:

Leadership and organizations that focus on developing great leaders have been proven to have better business results and cultures of high performance. Leadership is truly the force multiplier of any organization. But having great leaders and being a great leader does not come without a lot of “blood, sweat and tears.” Being a leader is a privilege. Leadership is about helping others connect the dots and master their own destiny. (more…)

The Blood Sweat and Tears of Leadership

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Leaders, Learning | 0 comments

The Blood Sweat and Tears of Leadership

I am appearing on Dr. Linda Sharkey’s radio show tomorrow, and I think she pulled the title above from this documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr9Q29XAg18

Linda is an HR Executive and Business Strategist with experience in Fortune 10 companies coaching and developing leaders and teams and driving talent development initiatives that support productivity and company growth. (more…)

Is your team making your job easier, or harder? Five Solutions.

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in Leaders | 0 comments

Is your team making your job easier, or harder? Five Solutions.

If your answer is easier, congratulations! If your answer is harder, you are certainly not alone. The frustration I hear most often expressed by leaders is that of time. No time to think. No time to work on the important things that aren’t urgent, but have the potential to propel the business forward. No time for important things other than work (i.e., family, vacation, adventure, civic or charity work, etc.).

We’ve all heard the “right people in the right seats on the bus” stuff, but replacing your entire team is only easy on paper. The fact is, you hired your team because they have the skills, bought into your vision, and were likeable. Sure, they may have disappointed you since your hired them; but you probably aren’t the leader they thought you were either. Over time, you’ve both uncovered each other’s attributes and flaws.

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Four leaders – five lessons – one thread

Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in Leaders | 0 comments

Four leaders – five lessons – one thread

In the past few weeks I spoke to four highly regarded executives. We didn’t talk about their achievements, because their learning, growth and development from setbacks and struggles were far more interesting to them.

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The one thing horses can teach you about leadership…

Posted by on Dec 28, 2014 in Leaders | 0 comments

The one thing horses can teach you about leadership…

I recently had the opportunity to see Jean-Jacques Joris in action, and spoke to him about his work with mindfulness, psychotherapy, life-coaching, and leadership training… with horses.  A native of Geneva, Switzerland, Jean-Jacques Joris spent 15 years in the Swiss foreign service where he was confronted with acute human suffering while also witnessing the power of human resiliency.  Wishing to shift his focus from the political to the individual realm, Jean-Jacques now builds bridges among people of different cultural, political and religious backgrounds.

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Is Leadership an illusion of Control?

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Leaders | 0 comments

Is Leadership an illusion of Control?

Leaders are comfortable with being uncomfortable; because they know every life event thrown their way can be a tremendous learning experience. Leadership can be an illusion of control, but changing your perspective on every day experiences can provide inspirational learning opportunities for personal growth and development.

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Are We Asking Too Much from Our Leaders?

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Leaders | 0 comments

Are We Asking Too Much from Our Leaders?

Or… are we asking too little from each other? We spend enormous energy dealing with internal communication issues (i.e., team dysfunction) that keep us from realizing our full potential. Our intention is to create an inspired common purpose that binds people together, but our efforts are often seen as over-management with mere compliance rather than true commitment.

In a number of recent forums with CEO’s, three themes have emerged as commitments to improve organizational effectiveness:  (more…)

Ireland Retreat

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Ireland | 0 comments

Ireland Retreat
Based on the success of traveling to Ireland and meeting with leaders since 2011, we’re planning a retreat on Leadership & International Business for C-level Executives from June 6-13, 2015.  Denver’s Honorary Consul of Ireland, Jim Lyons  is scheduled to join us, and provide personal commentary and enlightening introductions.

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What do you think of you as a leader?

Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Expeditions | 0 comments

What do you think of you as a leader?

Self Reliant Leadership CrucibleTM: Expedition Designed by Leaders for Leaders

Self Reliant Leadership is a philosophy about embracing adversity, strengthening the leader/teacher role, and hearing the unheard. It’s about knowing which questions to ask, and having the courage to answer them and act to produce extraordinary results.

What is your tolerance for adversity and uncertainty?

How do you guide people to the source of their own power?

How can solitude and introspection focus your energy to produce the greatest impact?

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Three Things You’ll Hear from a Highly Functional Team

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Teams | 0 comments

Three Things You’ll Hear from a Highly Functional Team

A good friend and business partner of mine asked me to listen to Steve Chandler’s The Owner/Victim Choice.  My favorite quote from Steve is, “If there’s a problem, I’m the problem.”  It’s a great reminder about how we are free to choose the soundtrack of our lives.  It can simply be, Stuff happens; or.. If it’s to be – it’s up to me. (more…)