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Leave the Baggage Behind and Take the Gems with You

Leave the Baggage Behind and Take the Gems with You

As we end this year, I want to leave you with two questions that I ask my clients:

 

What do you want to leave behind from 2016?

 

Is there something you experienced this year that taught you about something you should steer clear of going forward? A type of situation […]

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3 Keys to Effective Team Communication

3 Keys to Effective Team Communication

Do you ever feel like you spend most of your days communicating with your direct reports or others who need your support? It’s a huge task, and it can affect your productivity if it takes too much time away from the “right work.” It also affects your team’s productivity if […]

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Setting the Tone with a New Team

Setting the Tone with a New Team

One of my executive coaching clients didn’t know what to make of the new team he was leading. They kept coming to him to ask for approval and guidance on things he felt they should be able to handle. What was going on here?

 

Your first days as the leader of […]

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What Would It Take to Make You Unstoppable?

What Would It Take to Make You Unstoppable?

Every now and then, I have an article pour out of my head. Today is one of those days. I’m about to launch a new app, and that’s what I should be working on during my three-hour flight. Instead, I’m writing this article. I’m trusting my gut that I should […]

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A Leadership Roadblock People Are Afraid to Share

A Leadership Roadblock People Are Afraid to Share

Some high performers have a surprising blind spot.

 

They excel in many areas. They advance and get raises. But a gap in their people skills holds them back from being as successful as they could be.

 

We’re not talking about major tantrums or tirades here. Instead, a pattern emerges over time in […]

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For Women’s Day, Own Your Value — Then Share It

For Women’s Day, Own Your Value — Then Share It

Observed since the early 1900s, this event celebrates the achievements of women and girls — and looks for more opportunities for progress.

 

Check out the International Women’s Day website for activities in your area. In Dallas, where Newberry Executive Solutions is based, former first lady Laura Bush will be part of […]

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How to Stay Grounded When Curveballs Come Your Way — Lessons From My Startup Journey

How to Stay Grounded When Curveballs Come Your Way — Lessons From My Startup Journey

When I started Newberry Executive Solutions in 2008, I didn’t have a specific brand or company in mind that I wanted to emulate, but I did come from a company with a very strong brand – Deloitte. I learned a lot from my 14 years of consulting, coaching and leadership […]

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Tap Into the Power of Passion to Create Your Ripple Effect

Tap Into the Power of Passion to Create Your Ripple Effect

I can’t believe it’s been over seven years since I started my business. When I left Deloitte, I was mentally and physically exhausted and knew I needed some space to figure out what was next. I am so grateful for each of my 14 years at that company, which helped […]

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Don’t Miss the Top Posts of 2015

Don’t Miss the Top Posts of 2015

Can you believe 2015 is almost over? Thank you so much for reading our blog posts and sharing your thoughts about them on social media. It’s been a busy year, so I wanted to count down 2015’s most popular posts to make sure you didn’t miss any of these valuable […]

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Why Can’t I Get Over This?

Why Can’t I Get Over This?

Have you ever caught yourself wondering why you can’t get over a setback, a mistake (yours or someone else’s), a conflict or a big change?

 

Sometimes we easily shrug off frustrations or difficulties. Other times, they really get under our skin. We may stay stuck in frustration even as we push […]

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The Secret to Creating an Engaged, Committed Team

The Secret to Creating an Engaged, Committed Team

What’s the No. 1 leadership quality when it comes to engaging employees? Providing lots of feedback? Inspiring them constantly with your vision? Implementing generous recognition or training programs?

 

Actually, it’s something much simpler. In her research, Christine Porath, an associate professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, found that treating […]

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What’s Keeping You From Asking For What You Want?

What’s Keeping You From Asking For What You Want?

Here’s a situation I run into a lot with my executive coaching clients: A client wants something at work, whether it’s a raise, a new leadership role, a coveted assignment or the go-ahead to launch a new project. She knows that what she wants is reasonable and workable.

 

But she won’t […]

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The High Cost of Not Being Direct

The High Cost of Not Being Direct

As a leader, are you clear with others?

 

Are you sure?

 

I’m always surprised at the number of companies where their culture is to communicate indirectly. A recent survey of 1,000 U.S. workers about communication issues that hamper leadership found something striking: 57 percent of respondents complained that their leaders do not […]

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5 Surprising Insights to Unlock Your Strengths

5 Surprising Insights to Unlock Your Strengths

I am a firm believer that leadership development hinges on knowing, using and building credibility around your strengths. I help each of my executive coaching clients strategically leverage their strengths to create a ripple effect, to improve their own performance and that of their teams. As I work with my […]

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Catch Up on 5 of Our Most Popular Posts

Catch Up on 5 of Our Most Popular Posts

In the hustle and bustle of life, things can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why I wanted to make sure that you hadn’t missed any of these five posts that have been a hit with our readers. Each one is short and sweet and delivers powerful ideas you can […]

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The 4 Essentials of Influence

The 4 Essentials of Influence

To lead well, you need influence. And this month we’re talking about how to build it. Last week, I took you through an exercise to help you figure out what influence looks like for you. This week, I’ll help you better understand influence — and how to increase your own […]

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What Does Influence Mean to You?

What Does Influence Mean to You?

We’re talking about building your influence this month. Last week, I explained why you need an influential network. This week, I want to help you zero in on what kind of influencer you want to be.

“Being influential” can mean different things to different people. These questions will help you take […]

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How to Turn Conflict Into Teamwork

How to Turn Conflict Into Teamwork

It isn’t enough to talk about peace, one must believe it.
And it isn’t enough to believe in it, one must work for it.
                                                                            – Eleanor Roosevelt

One of my clients is in a predicament that will feel familiar to a lot of leaders. On her team, two peers aren’t collaborating, and […]

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Turning Down an Employee Who’s Not Ready for a Promotion

Turning Down an Employee Who’s Not Ready for a Promotion

“People are definitely a company’s greatest asset. It doesn’t make any difference whether the product is cars or cosmetics. A company is only as good as the people it keeps.”

— Mary Kay Ash

March is Women’s History Month, so we’ve been celebrating the words of some great women leaders and […]

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The Secrets of True Influence

The Secrets of True Influence

One of the biggest mistakes I see among my executive coaching clients is confusing position and influence. They aren’t the same thing, although a person’s position could potentially increase his or her influence.

 

Remember that although titles on the org chart can be helpful, they don’t tell the full story of […]

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Career Mentorship: Give It AND Receive It

Career Mentorship: Give It AND Receive It

I firmly believe that using our skills, experiences and knowledge to provide career mentorship is a privilege. So it might not surprise you that mentoring has always been one of my passions.

I am excited that I get to play out my passion in several ways – in my role as […]

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The Gift of Time and Space

The Gift of Time and Space

In the hubbub of your holiday season, I hope there’s been room for one very important non-material gift you can give your yourself: the gift of some time and space to get clarity.

 

I’m a firm believer in downtime, but that wasn’t always the case. In my first few years as […]

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WOW! SAVE 50% DEC. 16-17 FOR YOU, FRIENDS AND FAMILY

WOW! SAVE 50% DEC. 16-17 FOR YOU, FRIENDS AND FAMILY

Have you been wondering, “What will it take for my leadership to get noticed and recognized? What am I missing?”

Do you want to arm yourself with proven strategies used to help leaders successfully get results time and again?

Or are you looking for that gift that keeps on giving?

Well, look no […]

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Working With Men and Women

Working With Men and Women

Think about these two questions:

1)    Are you happier working with people of the same gender, or would you rather work in a group that includes both women and men?

2)    Do you think the best work gets done in same gender groups, or groups that include both women and men?

A recent […]

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What Hillary Clinton Shows Us About Leadership

What Hillary Clinton Shows Us About Leadership

Will she or won’t she? The intense speculation continues about whether Hillary Clinton will run for president. Recently, I talked with WBAP radio in Dallas about Clinton’s leadership style. A lot of what we discussed has relevance to female leaders everywhere, especially when it comes to relationships, the theme of […]

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Announcing the Leadership EDGE Series

Announcing the Leadership EDGE Series

How often has this thought crossed your mind?

“I can’t afford time away to attend training and don’t have the bandwidth to read yet another leadership book that may or may not help. I already have more than enough on my plate.”

We hear this all the time from people who want […]

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What’s Next for You in 2014?

What’s Next for You in 2014?

Can you believe that we’re headed into the home stretch of 2014? At Newberry Executive Solutions, this year has been an exciting one, with many new projects and more on the way.

Amid the flurry of activities, I’m reminding myself, and I want to remind you, to take a moment to […]

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The Freedom that Comes from Resilience

The Freedom that Comes from Resilience

As you get ready to enjoy the July Fourth holiday weekend, I want to encourage you to remind you about a leadership quality that will enhance your sense of freedom in your work and in your personal life: resilience.

It’s liberating to know that we don’t have to be trapped by […]

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Leading Without Authority

Leading Without Authority

I often hear complaints from people having trouble getting what they need from colleagues who don’t report to them. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

Demonstrating leadership is possible (and important) in your job even if a word like “executive” or “officer” is not part of your job title. […]

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The Power of One

The Power of One

I just got back from an inspiring visit to Washington, D.C. and it left me realizing the Power of One – the difference one individual can make.

As I stood at the US Capitol, I couldn’t help but think about the amazing men and women who laid the foundation for the […]

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