Time to Get It and Be a Phenomenal Leader Now! Using Two-Sided Self-Awareness and Asking One Question Will Make You Stand Out

Phenomenal leaders understand who they are – they get it.  They know their values, aspirations, reactions, and their impact on others. This self-awareness gives leaders critical information to impact those they lead. Self-awareness for a leader includes two parts.  Our internal awareness and the external.  You guessed it; the internal is how we see ourselves.…

Where Are Tomorrow’s Leaders?

A 2010 McKinsey study predicted that by 2018 25% of the workforce in the insurance industry would be eligible for retirement. Look around you. This challenge is not unique to the insurance industry.   How deep is your leadership bench?  Are those on your bench prepared to lead your organization to thrive and succeed?  Preparing a…

Collaboration Bolsters Business

OpEd originally published in the Phoenix Business Journal,  November 17, 2017. The Phoenix Business Journal regularly publishes stories about diverse segments of our economy and digs deeper to reveal the picture behind the data. A recent email featured an article by senior reporter Angela Gonzales with the headline “Economic Impact of Arizona’s women- and minority-owned firms exceeds $1B.” Enthusiasm…

Five Ways to Tap Into Your Resilience

“Sometimes you’re the windshield. Sometimes you’re the bug.” – The Bug – Mary Chapin CarpenterThis song by Mary Chapin Carpenter came to mind lately. Recently, I could relate to that bug – the deaths of family members, a series of near-catastrophic mishaps in our home, two beloved pets dying unexpectedly, receiving word of a disappointing conclusion…

Comfort Kills Great Leaders

A leader making business decisions based on being comfortable is like a couch potato trying to run a marathon. A comfortable leader will always underperform in a competitive environment. A comfortable team will likely feel good but miss opportunities. In more than 27 years in the commercial insurance industry working with mid-sized to jumbo domestic…