Kanyini

Change can happen in an instant.

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3 months ago today. A lovely summer day in Leipzig, Germany. My parents had left after a wonderful visit. Neil Jennings and I had finished a very successful presentation at Peter Wald’s HRInnoDay2019 with Octagon Careers, our start-up, which we left everything to pursue.My back was a little sore. My mom asked me to please get it checked out. I said it was nothing. She convinced...
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Vulnerability vs. Defensiveness: Why Talking to People Feels Harder Than It Is

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Vulnerability vs. Defensiveness: Why Talking to People Feels Harder Than It Is By: Dr. Laura Gallaher Summary Points: Being vulnerable is scary, but in the rare case that others respond negatively – that’s just their shit You need vulnerability on your team An unwillingness to be vulnerable is a red flag It takes true courage and self-esteem to be vulnerable read time: 6 minutes Vulnerability...
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Why Starting with Why Matters for Every Leader

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Matt Dunsmoor is an Igniter at Start with Why – Simon Sinek’s company. He was introduced to Simon’s work while working at Zappo’s, and today he is an Igniter. We talk about the importance of starting with why, Matt’s proudest moment at Zappos and why direction is more important than destination. Show Notes Our new platform, Insider Edge – learn more here! The episode where...
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What Does It Mean to Have the Gallaher Edge?

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What Does It Mean to Have the Gallaher Edge? Who We Are As humans, we are very different from each other, and have chosen very different paths in life. While organizational psychology is the foundation of our practice, we are not rooted solely in psychology. We are a combination of a psychologist, an engineer, a mother of 6, a family man, an entrepreneur, a restaurant...
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Life After a Failure Goes Viral

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On this episode, I speak with William Hung, who you all probably know as the guy who sang “She Bangs” for his American Idol audition back in 2004. Today William is focused on helping others feel like and become champions by choice. He talks about his own attitude towards “failure” and looking at the bright side of life. Truly an inspiration and somebody who knows...
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Why You Shouldn’t Shoot for the Stars

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Don’t shoot for the stars. In this episode, I speak with Matt Johnson, Founder and CEO of Pursuing Results. We talk about what self-awareness means to him, and specifically, we get in to why it’s best to look at goals as minimums and not maximums. He explains a method for productivity, accountability, and self-awareness reflection that gave me pause, even though conceptually, I’ve heard it...
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5 Things You Need for Team Building to Actually Work

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5 Things You Need for Team Building to Actually Work Summary Points: Team building means actually building team skills Creating psychological safety is necessary for effective team building Team building works when you use self-accountable communication Effective team building includes being specific communication Making Team building a part of regular routine ensures it sticks Help! My team building activities aren’t working! Your team performs well...
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What Problems Can Executive Coaching Solve?

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What Problems Can Executive Coaching Solve? Summary Points: Leaders have a plethora of reasons to turn to executive coaching Executive coaching helps you think differently to get “unstuck” from any situation Coaching focuses on building greater self-sufficiency for sustained value beyond the engagement Choosing a coach you trust to support AND challenge you is how to maximize the value Most, if not all leaders reach...
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The Most Important Part Of Leadership Development

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The Most Important Part Of Leadership Development Summary Points: 1. Leader development is critical to develop new skill sets for getting things done through others 2. Communication and decision making are the core skills for leaders 3. Most leadership development does not go deep enough in terms of skill and knowledge development 4. The skill of emotional regulation is the underlying need for leaders to...
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A Practical Way to Increase Team Collaboration

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Summary Points: Conflicting priorities create team conflict and inhibit collaboration The word priority was originally singular Lacking a shared priority has a lasting, interpersonal impact on team collaboration A Practical Way to Increase Team Collaboration One of the simplest ways we can look at team collaboration is to identify the primary obstacles to collaboration and how to overcome them. We often like to point to...
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