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
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.
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The reoccurring nightmare appears every few months to remind me of a fear I can’t fully grasp. In my dream, I'm running, from someone or something, that is rapidly closing in on me. Sometimes the circumstances change, but what always remains, is that I scream for help and nothing but a whispery-croak emerges from my throat. I have no voice, and I'm terrified. read more
Relay races are won or lost, based on how well the baton was passed. In 2016, some 3.6 million Baby Boomers will retire, and metaphorically pass the baton to 25% of working millennials who are slated to become managers this year. How well the baton is passed will determine if a company falls behind, stays the course, or wins the race. What are the top four strategies that will bolster the odds of a smooth transition? Below are the four things that millennial leaders want and need to run a successful race. read more
Most people want to work for a manager who practices the leadership qualities of being genuine, caring, and fair-minded. The majority of us don’t expect to be coddled or to have our mistakes swept under the rug. We don’t need a protector who saves us from the harsh truths of our reality. On the flip side, few want to work for Attila the Hun. We merely want to be treated with respect and in a way that allows us to maintain our dignity, so that we can be the best version of ourselves. This month in FastCompany, read more
I was recently considering the idiom, “It’s time to face the music.” Some say the term references a military ritual of being “drummed-out” as a consequence of one’s behaviors or actions. It seems an appropriate term for taking stock of my own personal development, a ritualistic drumming-out and retiring of the old me, as a way to make room for the ideal me to emerge. I rather like the symbolism...rat-a-tat-tat…of facing up to the consequences of my actions. read more
As he stepped forward to the center of the make-shift stage, the audience refocused their attention away from the last participant and on to him. I found myself catching my breath wondering what he would say. We were mid-way through the final ceremony, the culmination of a three-month leadership program. The participants developed this portion of the outline, and one-by-one, stepped forward to share with the organization’s senior management and other invited guests the most important thing they would take away from read more