Category Archives: Blog

Change from the inside out – by Terrie Lupberger

Change from the inside out – by Terrie Lupberger

Because you are human, you have a story about who you are, where you fit into the world, what you can accomplish, what you want, what you can’t do, what you aren’t good at, etc. Maybe that’s obvious to you. What isn’t so obvious is that whatever story you are currently telling you about yourself is one that YOU MADE UP. What’s worse is that you forgot you made it up and now you believe it’s true. I can’t go back to school at this age. My boss just doesn’t like

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Maybe it IS your fault?! – by Terrie Lupberger

Maybe it IS your fault?! – by Terrie Lupberger

I recently met with a new coaching client, a leader of an NGO, to better understand her leadership challenges. I had been asked by her Board to support her in hitting the goals and milestones she had been repeatedly missing in the past year. The conversation ended up being mostly her one-sided rant about how hard she was working, how little respect she got, how toxic the work environment was and how incompetent everyone else was around her. OK, I get we all need to vent from time to time and

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Leaders Need to be Un-Reasonable – by Terrie Lupberger

Leaders Need to be Un-Reasonable – by Terrie Lupberger

I recently led a leadership program for an international group of technical managers. We met by phone on the same day and at the same time for eight weeks in a row. One of the explicit promises we made to each other was that we would be on time and fully present for every call. During one particular meeting, a manager showed up 15 minutes late to the call and said, “Sorry I’m late! This call didn’t make it on my [electronic] calendar.” Well, that damn calendar – the nerve. No

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The Secret To Creating New Possibilities – by Terrie Lupberger

The Secret To Creating New Possibilities – by Terrie Lupberger

Feeling stuck? Want the secret to more satisfaction, creativity and meaningful relationships in your life? It’s simple.  It’s very hard to do, but it’s simple. Here it is:  Judge less! We judge constantly and aren’t even aware of it most of the time.  ‘I don’t like that.’ ‘I do like this.’ ‘I agree with them.  I don’t agree with them.’ ‘They’re right.’ ‘He’s wrong.’ ‘That’s good.’ ‘That’s bad.’ ‘He’s lazy.’ ‘She can’t be trusted.’ ‘I should have known that.’ Etc. We not only spend much of our time and energy judging

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The Opportunity Of Change & Transition

The Opportunity Of Change & Transition

As human beings, we are very good at creating and then automatically repeating patterns; patterns of behavior, patterns of feeling, patterns of thinking and patterns of posture. At one level, we are biologically wired to do this, as many of our internal biological systems exhibit homeostatis – blood pressure, body temperature and glucose concentration, to name but three. What this means is that our body is uniquely designed to self regulate and ensure stability of function. A body that is unable to self-regulate quickly runs into problems: a well-known example is

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8 Non-Trivial Habits to Ignite Your Success By Angela Cusack, MCC, Newfield Asia Program Coach

8 Non-Trivial Habits to Ignite Your Success By Angela Cusack, MCC, Newfield Asia Program Coach

Sure, you’re doing well — but could you do better? Absolutely you could. We all can. There’s always a new summit to climb, a goal to set our sights on, a new adventure just ahead. We all want to be prepared for that next great opportunity, but what do we do and how do we get ready? What does it take for me, my team, my company to take our game to the next level? To many, the “what” and “how” of success remains a mystery and thus we continue to

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The Importance of Care in Leadership by PCC, Newfield Asia Program Coach – Marc Smith Sacks

The Importance of Care in Leadership by PCC, Newfield Asia Program Coach – Marc Smith Sacks

There’s an old line about every journey, even the ones of thousands of miles, beginning with a single step. Leadership, as a concept, really isn’t any different. It all begins from a single place — but oftentimes, getting to that initial step can be hard for many leaders. Bob Dunham, the CEO and Founder of the Institute for Generative Leadership, has said that leadership happens when a leader declares a future that people commit to. Vision is about declaring a future, and that is exactly what leaders do. OK … so

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What Do You Really Get Paid To Do? By Terrie Lupberger

What Do You Really Get Paid To Do? By Terrie Lupberger

What do you get paid to do?  Don’t be too quick to answer this question.  Most everyone I ask this question of answers by describing some function that they carry out in their organization. You may have initially answered by saying that you develop strategy, make decisions, plan, set direction, sell, work in fundraising, do financial analysis and reporting, research, solve customer issues, coordinate events, or manage others to get the work done. Yes, you do get paid for doing those things, but take it a step further – what is at the

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Powerful Listening – by Chris Balsley

Powerful Listening – by Chris Balsley

One critical skill a leader can put into place is the ability to listen powerfully. As represented by the title of this book, Stop Controlling, Start Leading, when the going gets tough, some of us (I am guilty of it, too)try to impose control and structure. When this happens, a major way that control shows up is in the form of not listening. In fact, when we’re stressed, we can spend up to 85% of our time in conversation with someone, waiting for them to shut up so that we can

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Go with the Flow or Swim with the Stream?

Go with the Flow or Swim with the Stream?

In Yoga we aim to unite or integrate the body, the mind, and the spirit and create a balance. In asana and pranayama practice, we observe the flow of energy (prana). Balance is a state that is ever moving, if you look at the Yin and Yang symbol or the concept of Shiv Shakti as an energetic primordial flowing that never ends, you can see that one energy is meaningless without the other. The white can’t exist without the black and the whole cannot be conceptualized without both. Similarly balance should

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