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Getting Out of Our Comfort Zone

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, In : Leadership 


We all have our comfort zone, a world where we feel comfortable and safe.  We are at ease in our routine surroundings, job, community, and relationships.  But here's the catch - in our ever-changing world, life inside our comfort zone will still be tossed and turned.  If we are not prepared to change with the pace of our world, we will find ourselves stuck, or worse, left behind.

Here's a good example.  Depending on your age, you have had to make changes to the way you listen to music...
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Give Everyone an "A"

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, In : Leadership 
The book, The Art Of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life, by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander, talks about a concept called "giving an A" which suggests that we simply choose the perspective of seeing everyone, including ourselves as having great potential.

People rise (or fall) to our level of expectation.  Imagine what would happen if you gave an A to anyone and everyone--your spouse, children, employer, co-workers--even strangers.

It is easy to fall into the hab...
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You Are Making An Impact As A Leader

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Monday, January 30, 2012, In : Leadership 

According to www.dictionary.com, the origin of the word “impact” comes from the Latin word impingere, which means “to push against.” The online dictionary has three definitions of impact that relate directly to the concept of leadership impact:

1) “influence; effect,”

2) “the force exerted by a new idea, concept, technology, or ideology,” and

3) “the power of making a strong, immediate impression....


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Top Leadership Qualities

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, In : Leadership 
I think it's important to note that great leaders are made, not born, so each and every one of you has the opportunity to hone your leadership skills and become the leader you want to be.  Here are some of the top qualities that great leaders possess.

Fairness - Great leaders are able to put their own feelings aside and look at what is best for their team as a whole.
Knowledge - Leaders should attempt to get as many details about a situation as possible before making their decision.
Decisive - G...
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Be The Bridge

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Saturday, January 21, 2012, In : Leadership 
Managers are the key to successful organizations.  Becoming a great manager and leader is a process.  Steven Covey talks about the Whole-Person Paradigm in Leadership: Great Leaders, Great Teams, Great Results.  He states that great leaders see people as whole--body, heart, mind and spirit--and work to unleash their full creative potential.

Employees are the most critical asset a company has.  A manager is the conduit between the individual employee, their goals and desires and the goals of th...
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3 Secrets of Impactful Leadership

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Friday, January 20, 2012, In : Leadership 
As you are leading and impacting others, are you getting the results you want?  If yes, do you know what you are doing to get those results so you can keep getting them again and again?  And if no, do you know what you are doing that is disempowering others, so that you can change your approach to achieve your desired results and empower others in the process?

So, what does it take to be an impactful leader?  Being a leader is not about your title, the power of your position or how many follow...
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A Hand Forward...A Hand Back

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, In : Leadership 
As a leader, you will acquire a lot of knowledge and experience--even wisdom--along the way.  One of the most important parts of your job is passing it on to the next generation of leaders.  This is how you expand the capabilities of everyone else in your organization, individually and collectively.

Tim Sanders calls this being a "lovecat".  According to Sanders in his book, Love Is The Killer App, "...a lovecat gives away their intangibles to promote growth of everybody they do business with....
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Leadership Lessons Are Everywhere

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Saturday, January 14, 2012, In : Leadership 

Being a Colorado native you naturally become a Broncos fan whether you are really into football or not.  Just living in the Mile High City you get swept up by the enthusiasm of the fans in this city.  It has been a whirlwind season and today the Broncos are facing the New England Patriots under the leadership of Tim Tebow.  Some have their doubts of how the game will turn out for the Broncos but you can't help but be impressed by the character of their leader, Tim Tebow.

As a leadership coach,...
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It Was Going So Well...What Happened?

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Thursday, January 12, 2012, In : Leadership 

2012 started off great.  I set my theme for the year…TRUST, I joined a 31 day blog challenge and got my writing juices flowing and I had a great strategy and goal setting session with my fabulous business coach, Kristin.  I was excited and on my way to the most productive year yet.  So what happened?

Twelve days into the New Year and I am feeling very scattered.  I have so many great ideas on how to take my leadership...


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9 Critical Mistakes Leaders Make - Part 3 of 3

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Thursday, January 12, 2012, In : Leadership 

Here are the last 3 mistakes that leaders make.  Be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 if you happened to miss them.  Again, take time to reflect back on your leadership style.  Have you been guilty of any of these 9 mistakes?

7.  Acting as if you have all the answers

Just because you have the title of “Boss” doesn’t mean you have to have all the answers.  As a matter of fact, managers who insist on making all the de...


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9 Critical Mistakes Leaders Make - Part 2 of 3

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, In : Leadership 

As I promised, here are the next 3 mistakes that leaders make.  If you missed Part 1 where I listed the first 3 mistakes you can read it here.  The final 3 will be revealed in my next post.  As I stated previously, this list is not all inclusive and in no particular order.  I invite you to take an honest look at the leader you have been and determine if there are areas you may want to improve.

  1. Micro-managing

You may be ...


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9 Critical Mistakes Leaders Make - Part 1 of 3

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Monday, January 9, 2012, In : Leadership 

Recently I was talking to a senior leader of a telecommunications company about the mistakes managers make in leading their teams.  The discussion went on for some time and in the end we identified 9 critical mistakes.  I am sure this list is not all inclusive but it is a place for you to start thinking about whether you have fallen into some of these traps.  As you read through the list, I invite you to honestly assess if...


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7 Powerful Words To Lead By

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Sunday, January 8, 2012, In : Leadership 

Words can be very powerful.  They can encourage, inspire and motivate.  Or they can hurt, diminish and destroy.  Words are just words.  It is the action behind the words that matters most. 

This video by Simple Truths says it best.  These 7 simple words can be very powerful if as leaders we embrace them and actually LIVE by them.

COMMITMENT    HONESTY    ACCOUNTABILITY    RESPECT    COURAGE    ETHICS    INTEGRITY

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It's All About Being "Clear"

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Saturday, January 7, 2012, In : Leadership 

The beginning of the year is a great time to take a look at your purpose or vision statement.  What?  You don’t have a vision statement?  Then how do you know if you are on course if you aren’t clear on what you stand for as a leader? 

There is an interesting article by leadership coach John M. McKee entitled “Best leaders know what they stand for”.  He explores the age old question of why some leaders make mor...


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The Impact of Assumptions on Leadership

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, In : Leadership 
We all make assumptions.  We naturally fill in gaps in what we think and perceive so that we can make sense out of our world and our experiences.

Sometimes the assumptions we make are accurate; sometimes they are not.  And the reality is, assumptions are powerful.  They can build bridges or destroy them.  They can make peace or start a war.

As a leader, you have an obligation to notice the assumptions you make, both good and bad, and verify them for accuracy, especially if they are negative and...
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Quiet Leadership: The High-Performance Secret

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, In : Leadership 
When we think of leadership, we think of the commanding, visionary person who takes charge in a time of crisis and leads his company to victory when all seems lost.  Although this type of leader is what we think of most there's another form of leadership that ultimately may be more effective at achieving high performance.  It's called "quiet leadership".

One of the primary traits of quiet leadership is leading by example, and eliciting the behavior you want by demonstrating it, rather than jus...
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Mentoring - The Best Kept Secret

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Friday, June 10, 2011, In : Leadership 

Mentoring is one of the most valuable tools we have available to us and it is one of the most misunderstood and underutilized.  I attribute having a successful 30+ year career to the many mentors I had along the way. 


Some I didn’t realize were mentors at the time.  Like my Dad.  My first job in corporate America, I carpooled with my Dad every day.  Looking back, I realize many of those commutes were mentoring sess...


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Leadership--It's All In Your Mind

Posted by Lisa Berquist on Monday, June 6, 2011, In : Leadership 

Do you think of yourself as a leader?  Do you enjoy leading?  As you were growing up, did people tell you that you had natural leadership qualities?

If you don't see yourself as a leader, know that you are leading and probably don't even know it.  Why?  Because we are all leaders simply because of our influence.  Whatever you believe, think, value, feel, or say influences your behavior. These are all the result of your mindset, and your mindset...


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