TED Talk by Surgeon Atul Gawande – Want to Get Great at Something? Get A Coach.
How do we improve in the face of complexity? Atul Gawande has studied this question with a surgeon’s precision. He shares what he’s found to be the key: having a good coach to provide a more accurate picture of our reality, to instill positive habits of thinking, and to break our actions down and then help us build them back up again.
TED Talk By Writer Anne Lamott – 12 Truths I Learned From Life And Writing
Just a few days before she turned 61, Anne Lamott decided to sit down and make a list of the things she knew to be true throughout her life. In this video, she shares those truths, as well as how she came to know them.
In a funny, down to earth, and inspiring way, she discusses her views on everything from a parent’s place in their child’s Hero’s Journey, to the idea that sometimes even the human body just needs to be turned off and back on again.
Carol Dweck is a pioneering researcher in the field of motivation, why people succeed (or don’t) and how to foster success.
In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.
Three Kinds of Focus Needed By Leaders
Watch this short video clip of an interview with Daniel Goleman, author of “The Focused Leader.” Here, Goleman, widely recognized as the world’s most well-known expert on Emotional Intelligence, explains very succinctly why today’s successful leaders need to cultivate three different kinds of focus or areas of awareness.
“Sometimes I’ll get asparagus,
and I’m just over the moon about it!”
“Sometimes I’ll get asparagus, and I’m just over the moon about it!” This is a quote from Paul, a formerly homeless young man helped by the Hope Clinic (another fine organization) and Food Gatherers, a wonderful non-profit organization here in Washtenaw County working to stamp out hunger, both by providing resources and addressing the causes.
Are you often over-run in the summer with zucchinis and tomatoes? Other fresh produce? Here is a quote from the organization’s last summer newsletter:
“As it approaches peak harvest time, remember that you can always donate fresh garden produce to Food Gatherers. More than 60% of the food we distribute is produce or protein items. Fresh and perishable foods can be dropped off at Food Gatherers Warehouse, 1 Carrot Way, Ann Arbor, M, T, T, F from 9AM-5PM, and W 9AM-7PM.”
I read this and thought, ‘I didn’t know that!’ All the food drives I have been involved in have only accepted non-perishable foods, but of course, the ideal would be to provide as much fresh and healthy food as possible.
Even if you are not blessed with an over-abundance of produce, do consider supporting them in some way financially. I have continued to do so for years because I so believe in the work they are doing.
Also, consider visiting, maybe even volunteering, and when you are there congratulate Executive Director Eileen Spring and her team of committed staff and volunteer workers for this:
Food Gatherers was recently awarded their 12th consecutive Four Star Rating by Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator. This particular honor is only awarded to 1% of charities rated by Charity Navigator.
Were you at the fourth annual POSITIVE BUSINESS CONFERENCE on May 11th & 12th in Ann Arbor?
I was there and it was wonderful! This was my fourth year of attending the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Positive Business Conference. Every Time I have attended this conference I have come away with renewed energy, new ideas and great contacts of like-minded people from around the country and around the world. This time was no different. This annual conference is held at Michigan Ross School of Business, the leading center of global excellence in positive business. Faculty from the Ross pioneered positive organizational scholarship and continue to lead research that applies positive business practices across all functions, from accounting to marketing to supply chain management and more.
At the conference we engaged with these thought leaders and their extraordinary research, and heard from a wide variety of leaders in companies across the spectrum modeling exciting, innovative and often courageous examples of real world implementation of positive business practices. Doesn’t everyone want to work in a positive environment? What is the most enlightening is that these environments where people are flourishing in and thriving, ultimately produce higher profits and better bottom lines for the business. This is what is called in positive business language a “virtuous circle.” It’s not just the nice thing to do. It’s the smart thing to do!
As you may already know, there was a full schedule of inspirational speakers from organizations including Google, Patagonia, London Business School, PwC, and the Kellogg Company to name a few. Workshops and sessions by world-class faculty provided brand new insights on positive sustainable practices and updates on current related research.
Visit positivebusinessconference.com for more information and the video archive of recordings from the conference, and the Ross School’s Center for Positive Organizations to learn more about the topic.
WOMEN in HEALTHCARE LEADERSHIP
I was honored to be a part of panel of experts presenting on April 1st at the annual spring forum of Women in Healthcare Leadership at the School of Public Health at U-Michigan. I, along with three other experts, presented and answered questions on the subject of leaders managing change and being a change agent even if not in a formal position of power. For more detail watch the video here:
Focused Coaching LLC Earns Re-Certification with Nationally Recognized Credential
We are delighted to announce that Focused Coaching LLC was just re-certified nationally as a WBE (Women’s Business Enterprise) through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council- Great Lakes (WBENC), the regional certifying body and the nation’s largest third-party certifier of the businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S.
We acknowledge and appreciate the commitment to supplier diversity that is embraced by many organizations and government agencies today, and, we are happy to continue to offer our services along with this highly-sought-after certification as a means to support your efforts to add diversity to your supply chain.
Focused Coaching LLC works with leaders and their teams by providing exactly the consultative, assessment, executive coaching and leadership development services they need to develop extraordinary performance through positive and powerful change.
Contact Us or call us at 734-663-0420 to find out more and to explore a possible fit for you or your organization.
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Amy Cuddy TED Talk: Your body language shapes who you are
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions.
Here’s a great TED talk from my former radio show guest, Margaret Heffernan.
Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as research shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. Here Heffernan, a former CEO of five businesses, illustrates (sometimes counter intuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how allowing for deep disagreement improves the results of research teams, the performance of businesses and the quality of our relationships.
In this 18 minute talk, she explores the all-too-human thought patterns — like conflict avoidance and selective blindness — that lead managers and organizations astray. Enjoy!
Here are a few posts:
5 Reasons Why Optimists Make Better Leaders – Forbes
Workplace Culture is the Key to Employee Well-Being
Return on Self-Awareness: Research Validates the Bottom Line of Leadership Development
The Power and Subtlety of Language
Great Leaders Can Think Like Each Member of Their Team
How to Fall Back in Love with Your Job
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The People Factor: What You Don’t Know Could Be Hurting You There are no neutral relationships. That is the premise of Van Moody’s upcoming book, The People Factor. Although relationships are a fundamental aspect of the human experience, our dealings with friends, family members, significant others and superiors are often riddled with strife and consternation.
For those who are striving to be leaders, the right relationships can propel you to great heights of achievement: the wrong relationships will tether you to mediocrity and hold you back. With this in mind, when striving for rewarding connections with others, it’s essential to evaluate relationships intelligently. What makes a great relationship? How do you keep a relationship great? What are the warning signs of trouble?
Join us tonight as Lisa Pasbjerg, executive coach and CEO of Focused Coaching, interviews this acclaimed subject expert on the power of relationships, who helps others build their “Relational IQ” to achieve success at home, in their social circles and in their workplaces as masterful influencers and leaders
Cultural Competency Needed Now As in all fields of study, the field of diversity management continues to evolve, with “cultural competency” at its core. While diversity management was once thought of as simply being aware of differences of race and ethnicity, we now know that it is much more, with the term” cultural competency” covering a far broader span of areas such as gender and generational differences, and religious and cultural beliefs and customs, just to name a few. As our society becomes much more multi-cultural and our organizations progressively more global in scope, it becomes more and more apparent that this skill is vital for today’s leaders.
Join us tonight as Lisa Pasbjerg, executive coach and CEO of Focused Coaching, LLC interviews William Appleton, President of Kairos Consulting. and a CDP (Certified Diversity Professional.)
Prior to founding Kairos, Bill worked as an Organizational Effectiveness Consultant at the Cleveland Clinic, where he served as team lead for the design and facilitation for a system-wide (40,000 +) cultural change initiative and acted a resource for more than a dozen facilities and hundreds of leaders, designed and delivered numerous courses for the Center for Leadership and Learning and developed the organization’s diversity councils throughout the system.
A true leader in this field, Bill will share with us his deep expertise on this critical competency required for any progressive business or organization, including, the first steps that you and your organization should be taking immediately in order to stay abreast of this important requirement for our evolving workplaces.
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Creating a Community of Caring: The Evolution of United Way Today Many people think they know about United Way, but be prepared to be surprised and impressed with the thoughtful and targeted approach United Way takes these days, as it envisions its critical “safety-net” role in today’s economic reality of less resources and more need. As part of our continuing ” Women in Leadership: Lessons in Mastery” series, executive coach, Lisa Pasbjerg, interviews Sandra Rupp, President of the Washtenaw United Way about her professional career experiences and insights, the evolution of the United Way, and the business of creating a community of caring… a major factor in the quality of life in any city, town or region. Find out tonight from Sandy, a 28 year veteran volunteer and professional in human services who now serves both as a member of United Way of Michigan’s Board of Directors, and, on the United Way National Professional Advisory Committee, how you can be part of creating a caring community close to home. Be inspired as she shares the simple steps you or your business can take right now, right away, to become involved in this process in your own neighborhood, and, what an impact you can make in the lives of people at all stages of life in your community. (Listen Now)
Women in Leadership Series: Lessons in Mastery: Emergency Services and Non-profit Leadership Saving lives, being there in disasters, providing emergency assistance to those who have experienced the most devastating of losses- it’s all in a day’s work to tonight’s leader in her role at the helm of one of the oldest and most respected non-profit organizations in the world. Donna Duvin’s career in non-profit management spans over 25 years, including an early Peace Corps assignment in the South Pacific and executive leadership roles with the Red Cross and several non-profits serving the needs of the most vulnerable.
As the Regional Executive Director with the Washtenaw County Chapter of the Red Cross, Donna oversees an organization that trains more than 65,000 residents in life-saving skills, provides 97% of the blood products to the county’s hospitals, delivers hundreds of emergency messages to loved ones in the military, shows up at house fires and other disasters with supplies for victims, firefighters and other first responders, and much more. (Listen)
Women in Leadership Series: A Different Take on Leadership Today with Margaret Heffernan An entrepreneur, Chief Executive Officer, professor and prolific author, Margaret Heffernan has run five businesses in both the USA and the UK, and writes for the Huffington Post, BNET and Real Business. In her latest book, Willful Blindness which just launched in the UK in February 2011, she combines her many years of experience as a pioneer in women-led business with solid grounding in research to give us a new perspective and a very different take on business leadership. In the book she explores the neurobiological, psychological, social and organizational reasons why people and organizations fail to see the obvious, and the profound effect this has on both their personal and professional commitments. (Listen Here)