The Leader's Voice

Resistance to change IS protection from threat…are you unknowingly that threat?

According to Dr. A. J. Schuler, author of Negotiate Your Way to Success, there are 10 common reasons why people resist change.
Common Reasons Why People Resist Change

Risk of change is seen as greater than risk of status quo
Connections to people disturbed – “tribal bonding”
No role models for new environment
Fear of incompetence or looking incompetent
Feeling overloaded, overwhelmed
Healthy skepticism
Fear of hidden agendas […]

By |October 5th, 2011|Change Strategies, Empathy, Leadership Skills|0 Comments

Endings are boring, negative, and emotionally heavy so let’s forget about them and just get on with what’s new, exciting, and fun!

Not so fast says William Bridges, author of Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change, who contends the single biggest reason why changes fail is that no one thought about endings or how to manage their impact on people.

Bridges distinguishes a change, which is situational (e.g. new boss, new role) and external, from transitions which are the internal psychological processes people […]

By |June 16th, 2011|Change Strategies, Empathy, Leadership Skills|2 Comments

5 Practical Strategies for Reawakening Your Passion for Work

There comes a time in everyone’s life when it’s time to take stock.  That’s because goals that have been achieved are no longer motivators to continue doing what we are doing; be it the top job, the big house, the new car or launching the next new product.

To determine if “it’s time” for you to take stock, check-in and see if
you […]

By |May 19th, 2011|Personal Mastery, Purpose and Meaning|0 Comments

What Leaders Can Learn from a Football Coach’s Secret to Motivating Players

As leaders, how can you motivate others to achieve goals and objectives? Some people say you can’t! That motivation only comes from the inside. Well if that’s the case, then look inside to what’s important to those you are “trying” to motivate. That’s what one football coach, Lou Tice, did.

Lou Tice, former high school teacher, football coach,  and author of […]

By |March 22nd, 2011|Coaching, Core Values, Motivation|0 Comments

5 Tips When Coaching in a Developing Nation

1. Spend some time conversing with your translator in advance of your workshop.

This helped me tune my ear to his English accent, speed of speach, inflections and test his understanding of my English. I also had to get use to words that were used in different contexts or were infrequently used in my language environment.

2. Come prepared for everything

I spoke to those […]

By |March 2nd, 2011|Coaching|2 Comments

105 Students and 1 Teacher – A Positive Approach to Classroom Management

In Nepal, the government MINIMUM student teacher ratio is 55:1. While touring the country side I spoke with many teachers that had class sizes less than this but also a few that had many more than 55, up to a 105 students.

With few resources, how is a teacher suppose to manage the classroom behaviour of so many students and still achieve learning goals?
We […]

By |December 21st, 2010|Coaching, Core Values, Learning, Role Modeling|0 Comments

Leadership in one small action

We all live busy lives but how much time does it take to ask a simple question that may change the life of another FOREVER.

While volunteering on behalf of Health Reach Canada, I met Vani Thangpuii, in Pokhara (a city of 1 million people), Nepal. Vani has many projects underway including, literacy, health education in the schools, water storage and […]

By |November 25th, 2010|Leadership Skills, Role Modeling|0 Comments

Getting Everyone on the Same Page

Last week,  Mr. Krishna Bahadur K.C., the Chairman of the School Management Committee, of Shree Shanti Niketan Primary School was looking for ways to mobilize his community towards common goals.

He was looking for a common denominator to bind the stakeholders that were impacted by future change initiatives.
Key Question
So I asked “What’s important to them, that is also important to you?” A long […]

By |November 25th, 2010|Change Strategies, Core Values, Leadership Skills|0 Comments

Presence Moment Along a Riverbank in Nepal

After taking in Doug Silsbee’s work on Mindful Leadership and Coaching  in Banff, hosted by Larry Huslmans with Reframe Leadership, I have been practising being more present in both my coaching practise and in my life. When you become attuned to taking in all that is there in the moment you learn to both tune out the distractions and heighten your awareness […]

By |November 22nd, 2010|Leadership Skills|0 Comments

We are all the same!

We are all the same. This statement came to life this past week while working with community leaders in Sundarbazaar, a semi-developed village of Lamjung, Nepal. The group of 15 was comprised of Head School Masters (principals), and the chairperson s from the School Management Committees, who together with the government, are responsible for providing and funding public education in 10 […]