We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein This week I recognized a bias in myself. While in conversation with people who are deeply important to me, there arose a difference of opinion. On reflection, my view was strongly influenced by a loaded word that has significant meaning to me. Over the next few days while finalizing research for this blog, I came across an article that partly represented my view, and I sent the article to my friend. Her response and read more
Deb Siverson’s blog is filled with personal and relevant information about transformation in the workplace. She is a proponent for transparent and honest conversations between managers and employees, business partners, and teams for the purpose of meeting collective goals. Deb has always been a prolific writer, and uses blogging as a platform to discuss important topics like conflict, workplace engagement, happiness, collaboration, and diversity. In these posts Deb will share her real-life experiences, insights, and candid thoughts about her work as a consultant, facilitator, and coach in corporate organizations and government agencies.
“I hope these entries offer you some value and insight, and I look forward to reading your comments.”
When we change the quality of our conversations it is possible to transform our relationships and expand our world. But too often, we first look for where we disagree and polarize around those differences. Our conversations are then filled with resistance and defensiveness rather than elevated thinking and creativity. The time has come to seek alignment in a polarized world. read more
Trusting myself and others is part of my life-long learning. Feeling safe inside myself, at times, requires telling myself that I'm okay and equipped to handle what comes next. For me, self-coaching or soothing myself, has been an on-again, off-again practice for more than twenty years. The need to calm myself started because of panic attacks. The first one came out of nowhere, surprising me when I was driving down the interstate. The panic attacks started during a difficult time in my life and prompted me to learn read more
A song that is speaking to me these past few months is Let’s Be Still by The Head and the Heart. The lyrics, “the world’s just spinning a little too fast…if things don’t slow down soon, we may not last…the world’s not forgiving for everyone’s fears…the days turn into months and the months turn into years…so just for a moment lets be still.” Coming out of a frenetic time in my life, where my busyness ruled the day, I find myself hungry for space and moments of deep stillness that is a restorative balm for my soul. read more
The Power of Why is a term used to define what is most important, or what creates passion, purpose, and meaning for one’s work. It is the great multiplier when it comes to motivation. People are motivated by extrinsic and intrinsic factors. Extrinsic motivation includes money, status and rewards that are outside one’s passions. This type of motivation is fleeting and does not satisfy the higher-level needs for belonging, meaning, and making a difference. Intrinsic motivation is internal and unique to each of us and read more
Five years ago, I published my book, The Cycle of Transformation: Igniting organizational change through the leader coach. That process was a claiming for me, the manifestation of the part of me I had been too afraid to embody. An avid reader for as long as I can remember, my first “book” was a story of a family lost in the wilderness. The metaphor does not escape me today, and though I never finished that first book I can remember the spiral notebook with my handwritten scribbles that went everywhere with the read more