Get Emotional

This is an emotional blog – or should I say a blog about emotions and how they play a significant role in our life as a leader. Years ago, I worked with a client, a brilliant geophysicist, who was being asked by the organization to lead a team. His challenge is that he had a … Read more


Woman practicing meditation under the sun

Every day, leaders must show up for work. Showing up in its purest defined form means to appear. However, leaders must do much, much more than arrive at work Showing up at its most productive state is bringing all our genuineness and energy to the present moment. It requires us to be authentic and to … Read more

Coaching Problem Solvers

Person solving a rubix cube.

One of The Aware Leader’s blog series, Leader as Coach, places an emphasis on assisting your employees to find their own answers to their own challenges, to be problem solvers. You may have thought that this is not always possible. “Sometimes I do have the answer to the problem” or “What if I am the … Read more


Sun shinging down through water onto brain coral in the ocean

Aha! Moments One of my daily exercises is to complete the USA Today crossword puzzle. I enjoy trying to beat my previous time for completing a crossword. Sometimes though, despite the underlying hints given to solve a puzzle, I find the clues obtuse. When I do, I set the crossword aside. On most occasions, when … Read more

Polarized Thinking

A hand holding a lightbulb

During a recent coaching session, one of my CEO clients had concerns about hints that he was picking up that he may be getting adverse reactions from community leaders regarding his high energy, gregarious style. The dialogue went as follows: Coach: “If your perceptions are accurate, what could you do to modify these perceptions assuming … Read more

Feedback Anemia

Coworkers discussing over paperwork

Most successful executives navigate the essential experiences necessary for their roles. They honed their skills and advanced their knowledge. Most have had mentoring, coaching, progress monitoring, and performance feedback – all helpful in moving them towards their upward path. Once leaders reach top executive levels, most of their colleagues are subordinates. The mentoring, coaching, and … Read more

The Negative Brain

Man sitting in a dark room

Do you ever feel as if you have the evening news running in your head, and all the news is bad? Based on research, approximately 50% of the evening news is negative. Our brain replicates the evening news, and for some, the statistics are worse; their percentage of negative thinking is much higher.  Our brains … Read more