15
Sep

“I Never Think of the Word COURAGE!

There’s a reason Aristotle said, “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.” Why would you and your clients wish to uncover, validate and sustain a personal reservoir of courage? One attendee shared this insight with me: “Thanks for opening my eyes to the world of courage! I never think of this

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6
Sep

By Nature, Women Are Not Courageous, Really!

Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway. – Eleanor Roosevelt A Courage Blueprint By gaining control over blueprints that governs a woman’s belief system women everywhere can foster feminine courage and pass it on to the next generation. Three examples of embedded beliefs that dismiss a woman’s courage: Being “lady-like” has been

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28
Aug

Nose to the Grindstone—Are You Spending Your Time Wisely?

There’s only one enemy hovering silently in your life. What’s that, you ask? Time! Watch people. They’re totally overwhelmed trying to control their work and personal schedules. Trapped in the domination of Enemy Number One, you can see them sulking and hear them huffing: “I’m sooooo busy! I have too much to do, and no time to do it!” Do

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21
Aug

How Courage Boosters or Busters Make or Break and Organization

Courage is often considered taking bold life or death actions: someone who runs into a burning building to save a child or lands a plane on the Hudson with no deaths, as Captain Sully Sullenberger did. But there are everyday examples that demonstrate courageous actions—the actions that reveal our heart and spirit (the original definition of courage) such as taking

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15
Aug

Hold Hands with Your Courage!

When you fulfill an aspiration, it amplifies what you love, and you know it is perfect. My friend Blanche Napoleon wrote, “Courage is both my friend and my teacher. Without courage, I would be an empty shell. With courage, I am complete and full of love and yearning for life and whatever it brings.” Does your work feed your spirit

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7
Aug

When You Run the Company as a “One Man Show”: What to Do?

A new CEO has arrived to replace the retiring CEO that everyone loved for his easy-going approach. The new CEO is gruff and direct and sometimes too quick in making critical decisions. This is not my style. I don’t know if he’s going to be a “one man show” with an attitude such as “I will make the decisions and

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31
Jul

Catch-22s About What Is Courageous Leadership?

One client said to me, “I was curious Sandra, if you were to narrow the aspects of courageous leadership down to the top three kernels, what would you suggest?” The first kernel, and the most critical, would be to start to implement some type of reflective exercise, better known to some as introspection. I call this a commitment to “courage-centering.”

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24
Jul

Catch-22s During Transitions and How to Apply Courageous Leadership

Transitions are here to stay. A coaching client asked, “What courageous behaviors must I implement so I don’t sell my soul?” First of all, just recognizing that you are selling your soul reveals that you are coming from a higher level of courage consciousness. Why? Because you know you are doing it! Unfortunately, the energy in many organizations border on

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17
Jul

Catch-22s Executives Face to Apply Courageous Leadership

Over the years as a Courage Coach and Organizational Courage Consultant, employees at all levels have shared with me intriguing Catch-22s. Below is one you might find interesting: As an executive, the director of HR shared a situation about a courageous hiring decision that demonstrated courageous leadership.  Sue said, “While it would have been the risk free and popular decision

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10
Jul

Fear Blocks and Paralyzes the Heart

True fear is a survival signal that sounds only in the presence of danger; yet, our culture is stuck in the creation of dualities, such as courage or fear (pretty/ugly, peace/disaster or bad/good). In other words, our culture says “you can’t have courage without fear.” Not true! If you go to work and learn your biggest client has gone to

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