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Difficult Conversation Ahead? Get Into the Discomfort Zone

For this episode of The Next Level Podcast, I’m joined by coaching leader and former International Coach Federation President Marcia Reynolds, discussing her new book, The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations Into Breakthroughs. During our discussion, Marcia shares her perspective on how leaders can transform difficult conversations with team members into opportunities for a new perspective and deeper trust.

Among other insights, Marcia shares the importance of fostering mutual respect. When good intentions are present, real breakthroughs can occur.

There’s more in our conversation. Listen here:

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How Mindful Road Warriors Stay Connected

So, you might be thinking: “Any 21st century road warrior worth their salt knows how to stay connected. You’ve got your smartphone (maybe two), your tablet, your laptop. How hard is it to stay connected?”

Yeah, with all of the tools we have it’s not that hard. But that’s not what I’m talking about. The topic of today’s installment in my mini-series on the Mindful Road Warrior is how to stay connected with people (the three-dimensional kind, not the faceless pixels on a screen kind) when you’re away from home base frequently.

My interest in this stems from personal experience and from my belief that relational routines -- along with the physical, mental and spiritual routines that I discuss in Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative -- are vitally important in both showing up at your best and getting the outcomes you hope for at home, work and in your community.

Keeping your relational routines strong can be a challenge when you’re traveling for business. The process of getting there and back, the hotels, the long hours, the time zones and such are all challenges to staying connected with the people you care most ...

Does Your Culture Engine Need a Tuneup?

In his new book,  The Culture Engine, veteran leadership consultant Chris Edmonds makes the very valid point that many leaders focus far more on what their organizations do than how they actually do it. If you want results for the long run, the “how” matters – a lot.

Based on years of experience in working with leaders who have created strong cultures that get consistently excellent results for their stakeholders, Chris explains in his book how to create an organizational constitution that provides a framework for creating and sustaining a strong, healthy culture. With step by step guidance and lots of diagnostic tools and worksheets,  The Culture Engine may be just the tune up your organization needs.

If that sounds interesting, give a listen to the brief conversation that Chris and I had recently about the what and how of creating a healthy culture.

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Mental Routines for the Mindful Road Warrior

Last week, I introduced a new short series with a post titled "Travel Tips for the Mindful Road Warrior." To be honest, when I started writing that post I realized I had more to share than one blog post could accommodate—hence, this series. Last week’s post focused on the physical routines that I follow when I’m on the road and several readers shared what they do to keep themselves in shape on the road. Thanks for that!

Today, I’m focusing on the mental routines that (I hope) keep me clear and focused when I’m traveling for business. I do a lot of listening when I’m out there in both coaching conversations and in presentations I’m making in leadership development programs. It’s super important that I keep the mental chatter and distractions to a minimum so I can really focus on the people I’m with.

No matter what your job is, it’s probably important for you to give others your full presence and attention. That can be a huge challenge in the age of 24/7 distraction and it can be even more challenging when your typical operating rhythm is disrupted ...

What Leaders Must Learn From the NFL Fiasco

The speed and volume of the emerging fiasco facing the NFL has been breathtaking. In the first football weekend after the league’s response to the video of Ray Rice punching his fiancée, there were players with similar charges against them scheduled to play on Sunday. One was pulled just before game time; the other played.

The Vikings’ Adrian Peterson was suspended for Sunday’s game because he was indicted for child abuse a couple of days earlier. After the Patriots beat the Vikings soundly without their star running back in the game, the team reinstated Peterson for this week’s game. Then Radisson, one of their corporate sponsors, suspended their support. At 1:30 a.m. the following morning, the team suspended Peterson again.

Meanwhile, a star player with the Arizona Cardinals has been arrested for domestic abuse, the NFL has recruited four prominent women to advise them on how to move forward and Tuesday night they staged a fashion show in New York complete with models from Victoria’s Secret to promote their new line of women’s apparel.

Really?

There are so many things that leaders can learn from this fiasco. The dangers of hubris, the ...