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Authentic Teams: How to clear up issues that degrade relationships and performance

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 20, 2018 12:35:34 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Wellness, mental health, Relationships, Awareness, Leadership

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Have you ever experienced tense moments at work or home when people disagree, over- power, feel intimidated, defend, offend, prove people wrong, prove that they are right, get frustrated or angry and think, say and do things that are hurtful?  Yes?!

So have I, and I have definitely contributed to these in different ways. That's why I developed the process below.


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Authentic Leadership leads to Authentic Teams: What makes you real...

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 13, 2018 10:05:17 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Wellness, mental health, Relationships, Awareness, Leadership

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We had just finished Day 1 of our Ultimate Leadership Experience session at Le Nordik: a beautiful lodge where our clients come to be really present, to heighten awareness and develop courage and rock their business. At early evening, it was just as beautiful and inviting as it was during the day: the brightness of the wooden floors, reflected the light coming through the large windows.

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The Art of Team Planning

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 11, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Wellness, Vision, mental health, Relationships

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What if it is this simple… that there are just 5 requirements for you and your team to really feel successful: realize your goals and minimize the anxious, less productive experiences that the volume of work can bring?

Would you honour those requirements?

Here they are:

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Important Holiday Notice

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 4, 2018 1:00:00 PM / by Trevor Stevenson posted in Wellness, Vision, mental health, Relationships

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During holiday season, when I'm on holiday, seeing others on holiday, meeting with people whose people are on holiday, I notice more, and I notice things differently.

 

  • I notice the mind slows down and can be present, more easily.
  • That if I pause and breathe, and choose to take in all that's around me, the breeze, the gentle waves, the birds and crickets, the rustling leaves... that I feel really good, deep down in my soul.
  • I notice people smile more on holidays.
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Minimize Conflict and Disagreement Blues by Deepening Your Awareness

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 2, 2018 7:00:00 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Conflict, Confidence, Relationships

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I admit, I don't really want to minimize conflict. I know conflicts and disagreements are going to happen. You know what I really want? I want to minimize those all-too-familiar anxious feelings that arise in me when I am in conflict. Here's what has helped:

In the midst of disagreement, it is possible to create an environment where  blame, shame, guilt and fear are minimized. If we can do this, we can ensure the following:

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The Critical Steps in Conscious Communication

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 16, 2017 7:00:00 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Conflict, Relationships

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Life is about relationships: with others, yourself, your body, nature, the world. The quality of your communication is reflected in these relationships and is equal to the quality of your emotional well-being. The more you are aware of and implement the 2 critical steps in conscious communication, the flow of emotional well-being is heightened, happiness is accessible and clarity of mind to make great decisions becomes available. 

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Are you spinning?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 26, 2017 7:00:00 AM / by Trevor Stevenson posted in Leadership, Relationships, Confidence, Conflict

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As we work with leaders in various roles and types of organizations, one theme that we encounter across the leadership landscape is guilt. Leaders are often trapped by feelings of guilt. You can likely relate to experiences like this:

 

  • You need to talk to a staff member about missing too much time at work, but you feel guilty because you know the staff member is going through a difficult time at home.
  • You must address a performance issue with a team member who is failing to complete a project on time, but you think that you are at least partly to blame for not providing enough oversight and follow-up.
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The Pillars of Conscious Communication

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 19, 2017 7:00:00 AM / by Dale Allen posted in Confidence, Leadership, Relationships

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To help our clients, The Leadership Group developed the following Pillars of Conscious Communication. Use these tools to transform your relationship with yourself and with others
 

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Who wants to learn 'how to have difficult conversations?'

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 28, 2017 7:00:00 AM / by Trevor Stevenson posted in Leadership, Influence, Confidence, Conflict, Relationships

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This is something I hear often yet no one really wants to know how to have DIFFICULT conversations. We want to minimize the difficult part.

So..You know WHAT to say—but HOW will you say it?

When giving some tough news i.e. reorginization or layoffs at work or wanting to speak with family members or friends during some rough patches, we are often looking for some words to guide the conversation(s) we are about to have. 

Many of our executive clients and managers are given scripts at work, as a guide and they tell us those scripts provide an element of predictability that can feel comforting.

Yet, some of the leaders we work with review their scripts or practice conversations with us with a growing sense of unease, overwhelm and apprehension. Why?

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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

[fa icon="calendar'] May 17, 2017 7:00:00 AM / by Trevor Stevenson posted in Confidence, Influence, Leadership, Relationships

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It was in 1943 that Abraham Maslow first developed his ever-popular pyramid that prioritized human need and, although there are many applications for the hierarchy, it is certainly exercised often by leaders. After all, the role of the leader is to interact with people in a way that motivates them to achieve a common goal. What better way to inspire people than to understand their needs and help to achieve them?

In the original hierarchy, social needs were depicted as the third type of need in order, following physiological needs (food, water, shelter, air, sleep, and sex) and the need for safety and security. Social needs, of course, represented the need for friendship and family, which took priority over the needs for esteem and self-actualization.

 

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