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Wired for Authenticity Leadership Tool-Kit

Week 52: The End and the Beginning of Authentic Leadership

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Welcome to Week 52 of the Authenticity@Work Leadership Tool-kit! My intention for this series is to share a quick tool each week to help you lead with more authenticity, adaptability and inspiration so we can together create workplaces where we bring the best of ourselves and inspire others. So grab a journal and an accountability partner to make these practices even more powerful for you!

In last week’s post we talked about authenticity in teams and how we’re wired for team trust. Did you have an authentic trust-building conversation with a colleague? What did you learn?

Congratulations! We have come to the end. I imagine that you have grown immensely through these practices. And it is the start of a new beginning. I share here an image of the dedication in my book Wired for Authenticity. It is dedicated to you, the leader, journeying in each moment in the practice of authenticity.

Week 51: Authentic Teams – We’re Wired For Team Trust

Welcome to Week 51 of the Authenticity@Work Leadership Tool-kit! My intention for this series is to share a quick tool each week to help you lead with more authenticity, adaptability and inspiration so we can together create workplaces where we bring the best of ourselves and inspire others. So grab a journal and an accountability partner to make these practices even more powerful for you!

In last week’s post we talked about how to “go with the flow”. In what areas did you find that you use your skills to the utmost?

We’re wired to connect with one another. Micromoments of meaningful connections and trust with our team members actually help our well-being as human beings. Our bodies respond to positive relationships, so positive interactions with team members actually help build our immune systems.

Week 50: Go With The Flow

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Welcome to Week 50 of the Authenticity@Work Leadership Tool-kit! My intention for this series is to share a quick tool each week to help you lead with more authenticity, adaptability and inspiration so we can together create workplaces where we bring the best of ourselves and inspire others. So grab a journal and an accountability partner to make these practices even more powerful for you!

In last week’s post we talked about bringing your dream to work. What did bringing your dream to work open up for you?

Have you ever found yourself so devoted to an activity that you lose track of time—where there is just the joy of being in the moment? Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (yes, I’ve given up trying to pronounce his name correctly, so I fondly refer to him as MC!) has a term for this quality. It’s called “flow”—an intense focus, a sense of clarity where you forget yourself and feel like you’re part of something larger. Flow is an optimal state of consciousness where we feel and perform our best.

Week 49: Bring Your Dream To Work

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Welcome to Week 49 of the Authenticity@Work Leadership Tool-kit! My intention for this series is to share a quick tool each week to help you lead with more authenticity, adaptability and inspiration so we can together create workplaces where we bring the best of ourselves and inspire others. So grab a journal and an accountability partner to make these practices even more powerful for you!

In last week’s post we talked about how to dance with your dream. What one small step did you make to start working toward your dream?

What if we each took the time to draw the narrative of our lives? In my workshops, I often have leaders draw out their leadership journey. What we learn from others’ journeys helps us gain access to who they are, what drives them, and allows us to be touched by their dream.

Week 48: Dance With The Dream

Welcome to Week 48 of the Authenticity@Work Leadership Tool-kit! My intention for this series is to share a quick tool each week to help you lead with more authenticity, adaptability and inspiration so we can together create workplaces where we bring the best of ourselves and inspire others. So grab a journal and an accountability partner to make these practices even more powerful for you!

In last week’s post we talked about the courage for bold action in small steps. What did you learn from the five steps to practice courage?

It’s the pursuit of the dream that matters, not waiting until we have all the facts or are guaranteed success before we start. It’s the passion for an idea that captures our imagination. And in doing so, we are willing to overcome barriers and stretch ourselves outside our comfort zones—and when we fail, we try again. As we pursue our dreams, we inspire others who share them. We create a tribe of inspired supporters, advocates, and dreamers who work together to make the dream a reality.

Week 47: The Courage For Bold Action – In Small Steps

Welcome to Week 47 of the Authenticity@Work Leadership Tool-kit! My intention for this series is to share a quick tool each week to help you lead with more authenticity, adaptability and inspiration so we can together create workplaces where we bring the best of ourselves and inspire others. So grab a journal and an accountability partner to make these practices even more powerful for you!

In last week’s post we talked about the courage to face a difficult emotion. Did you recognize times when you suppress your emotions?

A big part of authenticity is the practice of dancing with the dream. It’s about taking purposeful action toward what we’ve determined is the right course of action. In a rapidly changing environment, leaders today need to make decisions without having all the facts.

The practice of courage is simply to learn how to breathe through the experience you’re having without avoiding it or resisting it. In the practice of courage, our bodies are among our biggest allies. When our bodies are strong and our chest space is open, our body language conveys that courage and determination to others.

Week 46: Courage To Face a Difficult Emotion

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Welcome to Week 46 of the Authenticity@Work Leadership Tool-kit! My intention for this series is to share a quick tool each week to help you lead with more authenticity, adaptability and inspiration so we can together create workplaces where we bring the best of ourselves and inspire others. So grab a journal and an accountability partner to make these practices even more powerful for you!

Welcome to week Forty-Six of the Authenticity@Work series. In last week’s post we talked about the courage to face change as your most authentic self. Did you find ways your authentic self can help you with change?

In working with my executive coaching clients, there are many times we have emotions we unconsciously avoid facing. When we avoid an emotion, we keep a part of ourselves unexpressed, and it shows up in dysfunctional ways elsewhere. Many of us avoid pain, discomfort, or disappointment, so we don’t fully ask for what we want, go after our dreams, or express ourselves fully. Authenticity is about having the courage to access all parts of ourselves (including our emotions) and use them when the need arises.

Week 45: The Courage To Speak Up

Welcome to Week 45 of the Authenticity@Work Leadership Tool-kit! My intention for this series is to share a quick tool each week to help you lead with more authenticity, adaptability and inspiration so we can together create workplaces where we bring the best of ourselves and inspire others. So grab a journal and an accountability partner to make these practices even more powerful for you!

In last week’s post we talked about the courage to face change as your most authentic self. Did you find ways your authentic self can help you with change?

Many of us have a hard time expressing a point of view that’s different. Why?

We assume that if we have a different point of view, it will cause others 
to think we’re not being loyal to them. We assume if the majority is voting for that answer, it must be right 
and we’re wrong. We assume that there is only one possible right answer to a question. We assume that a different point of view will make us unpopular. We assume that if we’re not able to convince others of our point of view, 
we’ve somehow lost or diminished in our power.

Week 44: The Courage To Face Up To Change

Welcome to Week 44 of the Authenticity@Work Leadership Tool-kit! My intention for this series is to share a quick tool each week to help you lead with more authenticity, adaptability and inspiration so we can together create workplaces where we bring the best of ourselves and inspire others. So grab a journal and an accountability partner to make these practices even more powerful for you!

In last week’s post we talked about the courage to stand up for yourself. Did you interview your inner courageous one? How can it impact your life?

Corporate restructurings are the new normal. Jobs, our family life situations, our health—change comes in all forms. Our ego wants safety because it feels unsafe, so it resists change. We want life to be according to the plan we created to feel safe. Change hits us and creates a feeling of loss, because it reminds us that we don’t quite have the level of control that we want to have to feel safe.

Week 43: The Courage To Stand Up For Yourself

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Welcome to Week 43 of the Authenticity@Work Leadership Tool-kit! My intention for this series is to share a quick tool each week to help you lead with more authenticity, adaptability and inspiration so we can together create workplaces where we bring the best of ourselves and inspire others. So grab a journal and an accountability partner to make these practices even more powerful for you!

In last week’s post we talked about the courage to seek the truth. Did you find areas where you could let go of assumptions and act out of authenticity?

Often, as we start to discover who we are and what we really want, it can be a fearful experience because it causes confusion. We discover we are not the cardboard cutout image we had created of ourselves to look good to others— that many of us even believed was the true us. We start to experiment with new behaviors—perhaps standing up to others where we had previously folded. This can cause disruptions in patterns of relationships. We are no longer being the person others had seen in the past. Others resist this change they see in us, and the fear of losing connection with others can also cause us to seesaw back and forth. In times such as these, we need the courage to shed old skin, old patterns, and even relationships that don’t work anymore.