At WellSpirit we believe everyone has ability to pursue their vision, goals and dreams effectively. How that ability is developed is unique to each person. That’s why we approach coaching with a personally tailored mapping system and evaluation sequence to help you articulate what matters most to you; then facilitate concrete “next steps” that are relevant immediately, accomplishing measurable momentum towards results.
An Easy Question?
What is leadership? One may think this is an easy question to answer. After all, millions of people in the world function as leaders. We all know that leadership is what leaders do. However, knowing that does not help us understand its components, how to improve it, or how to judge whether it is good or bad.
It’s an old trick: someone talked about you when you weren’t around! Therefore, people have the wrong idea about you. You didn’t have a chance to correct the wrong information, and now you have a mess on your hands. It’s up to you to dispel the rumors. What an unfortunate situation! What a disappointment that someone chose to do it. How should leaders respond when speculation, rumors, and gossip seem to edge out real facts and truth? Continue reading
Ahh, the aroma of her cookies in the oven was extraordinary! I didn’t get to see my grandmother very often, but I remember her chocolate chip cookies as a highlight of our visits to her home. The whole place felt cozy and inviting, and I felt like a special guest as she finished the last batch of the old fashioned recipe and served them warm. What a lasting and delightful memory!
There are behaviors in leadership that elicit “good feelings,” like grandmother’s cookies. Is there a leader that you enjoy working for or with—just because you like the way you feel when you work together? Continue reading
In his book, Leadership Jazz, Max DePree lists questions that followers have the right to ask of their leaders. DePree’s question that has my attention today is, “Have you bothered to prepare yourself for leadership?”
Think About Your Beliefs
If a leader has not thought deeply about what he or she believes about being a leader or cannot communicate to followers beliefs about what it means to be a leader, has that leader bothered to prepare for the responsibilities of leadership? Although there is a lot of scholarly work in the field of leadership studies, a single all-encompassing definition of leadership eludes scholars. Nevertheless, every leader should be able to state his or her core beliefs about being a leader based on readings, observations, and personal experiences as a follower and as a leader.
The classic movie The Wizard of Oz brings to life the famous Flying Monkeys of the Wicked Witch of the West. These strange beasts do the bidding of the evil witch as they are sent out to capture victims and bring them back to the witch’s dungeon. Many a child’s nightmare has resulted from the scary scene in the movie where the flying monkeys snatch up innocent, terrified Dorothy and whisk her away. It’s a scene that evokes despair and fear. How can Dorothy escape the clutches of this evil?
I recently saw a bumper sticker that read,“Don’t make me call out my Flying Monkeys!”
At first it seemed funny, as images of the movie scene flashed through my mind and I thought of the extreme nature of the monkeys’ mission. However, upon reflection, I realized the saying could very well communicate this message: Don’t cross me, or you’ll be sorry. Continue reading
Back in the mid-1990s, the short lived television series called “My So-Called Life” dealt with teen life and important social issues of the day. The somewhat sarcastic title is so catchy because it captures the idea of meaninglessness and difficulty that so many teens experience. The show depicted the teen years as hard and full of struggle instead of light and fun. Some would consider this a pessimistic viewpoint; one that fosters a continued spiral downward towards a full-on nihilistic world view. Continue reading